Scholarly Publishing: Open Access

Video credit: Online Access explained!- posted by Piled Higher and Deeper (PHD Comics) on YouTube



Before publishing your research there are a number of issues you may want to consider. Your motives for publication could strongly affect where and how you choose to publish, such as:

  • Who is your target audience?
  • Is it more important that the work is widely read or that it is read in specific contexts, by the right people?
  • What professional benefits or financial rewards do you stand to gain from publication in a specific journal vs. an openly accessible publication, an institutional repository such as UBC’s cIRcle, a personal archive and/or e-portfolio, etc.?
  • How might your intellectual property rights be affected by publishing this way?

Two common forms of academic publishing are Open Access and institutional repositories.


Open Access (OA) means immediate, permanent, free online access to the full text of all referred research journal articles”


The Digital Tattoo Project encourages critical discussion on topics surrounding digital citizenship and online identity. There are no correct answers and every person will view these topics from a different perspective.  Be sure to complete the previous sections before answering the questions.

  • Would you consider publishing your work in an Open Access journal?
  • How do you think Open Access publishing will impact the future of education?

One response to “Scholarly Publishing: Open Access”

  1. Erin Fields

    Scholarly publishing cycles are changing as we see more networked technologies being developed. There are academics who tweet, blog, and otherwise publish there content in a variety of ways other than a journal article or book. I think this gives great opportunity to the future reach of scholarship. Great post!

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