Step 2 - Choose the right publication venue for your publication!

A large number of journals and repositories are available for your Open Access publication. Due to the large number of different options, it can sometimes be difficult to find a suitable publication venue. Below you will find out what you should look out for when choosing a journal and which tools are available to you for a structured search.

When assessing the quality of an Open Access journal, the same questions as for a Closed Access journal are of crucial importance, including

  • What quality assurance procedures are used?
  • Are scientific and technical standards met?
  • Is the journal trustworthy and is the relationship between performance and potential costs transparent and fair?

Use the checklists from e.g. Think. Check. Submit. or the to better assess the quality of a journal.

We recommend using databases or tools to find a suitable publication venue:

  • In the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) you will find information on over 19,000 quality-checked open access journals, which you can filter according to your requirements.
  • The oa.finder works in a similar way, linking search results with HTWD-specific information.
  • A selection of Open Access journals sorted by subject area can be found on the pages of the open-access.networks.
  • The B!SON tool creates a suggested list of suitable Open Access journals based on the title and abstract of your publication.

Depending on the different Open Access publication pathways, you can choose from specific publication venues. Find out how to find them below:

To search for a Gold Open Access journal, we recommend using the DOAJ and the oa.finder

As part of the DEAL contracts, you also have the opportunity to publish in over 1,700 Gold Open Access journals from the publishers Elsevier, Springer Nature and Wiley at discounted rates. Under the following links you will find an overview of the journals included in this offer:

Thanks to a publish-and-read agreement with SAGE Publishing, you can also publish in their Gold Open Access journals at a discount:

Similar to the search for Gold Open Access journals, we recommend using the DOAJ and the oa.finders. Both databases offer you the opportunity to search for journals that do not charge APCs and are therefore free of charge for authors. Of the approximately 20,000 journals listed in the DOAJ, around two thirds do not charge APCs.


As an institutional repository, Qucosa is available to members of the HTWD free of charge. Qucosa is a document and publication server supported by the academic libraries of the Free State of Saxony. Among other things, it guarantees worldwide availability of your publication, its citation capability through a permanent URN and long-term archiving. Qucosa also enables your publication to be referenced in catalogs, directories and search engines. Find out more here.

You can find further quality-assured repositories using the Directory of Open Access Repositories (OpenDOAR).

As part of the DEAL agreements, HTWD members have the opportunity to publish Open Access at standardized conditions in well over 5,000 subscription journals published by Elsevier, Springer Nature and Wiley. An overview of all journals included in this offer can be found under the following links:

The publish-and-read agreement with SAGE Publishing continues to enable free open access publication in the subscription journals in the field of Materials Science:

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Weitere Dokumente/ Antragsformulare finden Sie hier: