I think that using the green open-access publishing model is better for authors and readers than publishing in a predatory or questionable open-access journal. Green open-access refers to publishing in a non-open-access journal and then uploading a postprint of the article to an institutional or disciplinary repository.
Green open-access combines the benefits of making one’s work open-access with the cachet of publishing in an established journal. Green OA also has the benefit of not having to pay article processing charges in most cases.
An institutional repository is generally one managed by a college or university. Here are two examples of postprints archived in institutional repositories:
A disciplinary repository is organized by a group of scholars in a particular field of study. Here are two examples of postprints archived in disciplinary repositories:
- A Method for Obtaining Digital Signatures and Public-Key Cryptosystems
- Abbreviations, Full Spellings, and Searchers’ Preferences
- Some researchers publish in predatory journals because no green journal will accept their work.
- Not all journals allow postprint archiving in repositories. Sometimes this can be negotiated, however. Others allow it only after an embargo period.
- Postprint self-archiving is extra work for the author.
- One generally cannot archive the publisher’s PDF version of the article; the postprint is normally the Word version.
Publishing your work in predatory or low-quality open-access journals may stigmatize it and damage your career. One of the ways to make your research open-access and appear in an established journal is to use the green open-access publishing model.