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What open access journals that publish research in cognitive science/psychology exist?

Apart from PLOS ONE, are there any other open access journals that publish research in cognitive science/psychology?

Where should I start looking for them?

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On the contrary, I think that the question is worth keeping open (personally I would like to know the answer). Perhaps some rewording may be beneficial. But even for a large scope one can answer with a list of different journals. –  Piotr Migdal Feb 20 '12 at 13:09
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@PiotrMigdal: Consider using the relevant meta post if you want to start a discussion about this instead. –  Steven Jeuris Feb 20 '12 at 13:19
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btw, all Frontiers journals ( frontiersin.org ) are open access –  Jeff Feb 20 '12 at 14:34
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Ben pointed out in chat the list of open access journals is very extensive. I rolled back Jeff's edit and rephrased the question in such a way so it doesn't result in a list of open access journals, but rather asks how to search for them. As such I feel the question is more constructive this way and that it could be reopened. @mob, if you don't approve of this edit, please let me know. –  Steven Jeuris Feb 20 '12 at 15:20
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@Jeff perhaps you're right there are few "reputable" journals out there, but turning this into a list of subjectively good journals fitting a criteria makes it even more subjective and less concrete question than even the initial question. –  Ben Brocka Feb 21 '12 at 15:52

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One thing that hasn't yet been mentioned: if you find a paper you want that's not open access, many researchers nowadays put pdfs of their work on their personal sites. The easy solution is therefore to google the name of each author, starting with the first, plus something like "Publications", or if they have a common name, add "Publications, Psychology" to the search terms. Google scholar seems to often be able to do this and help you hunt down the papers easily as well.

Finally, let's not forget that you can just email the first author and they'll send it back to you.

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Another resource is Sherpa/Romeo which aims to be a site to help you "find a summary of permissions that are normally given as part of each publisher's copyright transfer agreement".

For example, here's what it says about Journal of Applied Psychology.

  • Author's Pre-print: author can archive pre-print (ie pre-refereeing)
  • Author's Post-print: author can archive post-print (ie final draft post-refereeing)
  • Publisher's Version/PDF: author cannot archive publisher's version/PDF
  • General Conditions:
    • Pre-print on a web-site
    • Pre-print must be labeled with date and accompanied with statement that paper has not (yet) been published
    • Copy of authors final peer-reviewed manuscript as accepted for publication
    • Post-print on author's web-site or employers server only, after acceptance
    • Publisher copyright and source must be acknowledged
    • Must link to APA journal home page or article DOI
    • Article must include the following statement: 'This article may not exactly replicate the final version published in the APA journal. It is not the copy of record.'
    • Publisher version cannot be used
    • APA will submit NIH author articles to PubMed Central, after author completion of form
    • Wellcome Trust authors may comply using Paid Option.

That said, I'd always double check the accuracy of the information on the site with the actual journal home page and the actual publishing agreement that you sign.

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The Directory of Open Access Journals is a great place to start when searching for Open Access Journals in any field.

You can browse through journals for the specific subject areas like Psychology or Neurology, or you can search for journals or articles containing certain keywords.

The DOAJ lists articles in multiple languages as well, not just English journals.

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