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Research Common @ RDC

The RDC Research Common is a place where faculty, staff, and students can get assistance with research and scholarly activities. Find information on conducting original research and on the supports available for research at RDC.

Choosing a Journal

Journals are a common location for publishing research results. Following are some resources to help you get started with choosing a journal and publishing a journal article.

Open Access Journals

Open Access (OA) refers to scholarly literature that is freely available on the Internet. These resources are sustained by the academic and scientific communities that produce them. Read more...

One way that OA journals cover the costs related to publishing articles is by having an article processing charge (APC).  This model transfers the cost away from the reader. Given that APCs are one possible economic model that credible OA journals may follow, the presence of a fee shouldn’t immediately be taken as a sign that a publisher is predatory

Following are some resources to get you started thinking about open access journals.

Avoiding Predatory Journals

Predatory, or questionable, journals are journals that follow unethical and sometimes deceptive publishing practices. Read more...

Here are some resources to help you figure out whether the journal you are considering is questionable:

Author Rights and Copyright

Copyright ensures that you have the sole right to publish and reproduce your works in any form, with the exception of the user rights granted by the Copyright Act (e.g. fair dealing, educational exemption).

You do not need to apply for copyright for the works you create. Whenever you create an original literary, dramatic, musical or artistic work, copyright automatically applies. While it is common practice as part of the publishing process to sign over your copyright to the publisher, creators are starting to ask for the option to retain some or all of their copyrights.

Here are some resources to get you thinking about copyright and your rights as an author.