How do I find a suitable (Open Access) journal?

Finding the right journal for an article can be a challenge for authors considering all the available options. In addition to professional quality and thematic scope, accessibility to published articles should also play a role in choosing a journal.

Think. Check. Submit.

A helpful tool for choosing a suitable journal is Think. Check. Submit.
The questions listed there can help aurtors assess the seriousness of a journal.


The  Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) is the primary resource for finding out more about open access journals.


If authors decide not to publish in an OA-only journal, SherpaRomeo provides initial information on the self-archiving policies of journals and publishers.


B!SON is a recommender tool for Open Access journals based on the content of a manuscript. B!SON was developed by TIB together with SLUB Dresden.

to the B!SON Journal Recommender

If you are a member of Leibniz Universität Hannover, B!SON will not only give you recommendations for suitable Open Access journals, but also provide you with information about financing options.

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What do I need to consider when submitting an article?

  • Does the article fit the journal's subject scope?
  • Did you follow the author guidelines of the journal?
  • Is it a legitimate journal (not a "predatory journal")?
  • Open Access journal or Open Access options?
  • Does the journal comply with the institution's or funder's Open Access policies?
  • Are there any costs involved? Are there funding options?
  • Especially in the case of publication in a subscription journal: Author rights clarified?
  • Use institutional email address
  • All authors listed and their consent obtained?
  • ORCID iDs specified?
  • ROR ID specified, if applicable?
  • Affiliations correctly specified? (according to the institution's affiliation policy)
  • Funding agencies named in the Acknowledgements?
  • If applicable, recording in the research information system of the institution
  • Recording in ORCID?

How can I finance the APCs?

For information on whether and how your Article Processing Charge (APC) can be financed, see our Open Access Funding Checklist.

If I do not publish OA, what do I have to be aware of?

If you do not want to publish your article under a free license, you should make sure that you reserve the right to republish your publication. A secondary publication (also known as self-archiving) is the republication of an article that has already appeared in a journal.

You can reserve the corresponding rights by means of the license agreement that you conclude with the publisher. Often, these standard contracts already contain corresponding clauses that can be adapted if necessary. Apart from the license agreement, as an author you have an indispensable right of secondary publication for all journal articles that have received at least half of their funding from public sources, according to §38(4) UrhG. And this is completely independent of what you have agreed with the publisher. You are allowed to make articles freely available in the accepted manuscript version 12 months after the initial publication.

Services and information on secondary publication