Skip to main content
Editor & Author Resources
Transitioning journals to open access: Guidance from and for the field
Guide to UC Giuide to Transitioning Journals to Open Access Publishing
For all audiences: This guide is designed to help stakeholders understand basics about journal ownership, operations, and funding models, and to begin gathering important information necessary for OA publishing decision-making.
SPARC Transitioning Your Journal from Subscription to Open Access
In recent years, an increasing number of subscription journals have “flipped” to an open access model. While each journal has its own specific goals, challenges, and priorities, open access generally provides an opportunity to broaden the impact and availability of scholarly research. Editors, journal managers, learned societies, and publishers considering transitioning their publications from the subscription model to open access may wish to consider the guidance compiled by SPARC.
Guide for OA Journal Publishers
This is a list updated by the Open Access Directory of guidelines, primers, recommendations, and best practices for publishers of OA journals. When possible, give authors, titles, links, publishers (or sponsoring organizations), and dates.
Checklist forUC Consultations About Transitioning Journals to OA
For libraries and professional staff: If you are a librarian, repository manager, or other professional who supports scholarly communication services or journal publishing, this checklist to facilitate discussions with OA-aspiring journal editors about their journal’s operations, finances, and strategies. Running through these questions will enable journal boards and editors to come away from your conversation with a clearer understanding of how to proceed with an OA transition.
Hosting a Roundtable for Journal Editors
Hosting a gathering of journal editors at your institution to talk about open access flipping considerations can be a useful way for stakeholders to come together and learn about what a flip to open access would look like, and to provide resources and support to those ready to take a lead in transitioning journals.