The University of Agder has established a framework of economic support so that it is possible for UiA's scientific staff to publish in journals with Open Access that require a publication fee. Our policy relies on the national work under the auspices of the Ministry of Education, Cristin and Norwegian Association of Higher Education Institutions (UHR). At UoA, decisions on policy regarding such support are anchored in the University Research Committee. The University Library assisted and advises authors including payment of publishing fees.
Our support scheme covers publication in approved journals that publish in accordance with a model where the costs are covered by the author's employer or as part of a research grant. The journals must provide Open Access to all. The current guidelines also include other support schemes to be evaluated before the end of 2017/18. One of these covers the publication of approved Open Access monographs. The other applies to open publication in journals that otherwise require subscription for readers. The University guidelines are available on the university's web pages. The guidelines are quite detailed to ensure that scientific staff and thus also UiA contribute to publication in channels of scientific value. Contact the University Library for advice and guidance regarding Open Access issues.
AURA is the universities open repository for scientific publications by faculty members. It also contains working papers, doctoral dissertations and student master degree theses. As a general rule the accepted version of your article can be deposited , some times with an embargo. University policy mandates deposit if possible. Your article may be more highly cited and there are economic advantages for authors that deposit. Publisher policies can be checked at the Sherpa/Romeo website.
Doubtful journals or "predatory journals" as they are often called are an increasing problem. The designation is too drastic and raises considerable resistance among researchers and publishers. A more correct term in English is "dubious journals". This is a collective term for journals that claim to be Open Access with correct peer review and high quality scientific content. These journals require a publishing fee, but do not conduct peer review, or provide peer review of such poor quality that it does not provide scientific value. In this way, some "publishers" earn money on the publishing fee without providing the services required.
How to avoid dubious journals:
*If the journal has not been approved for the Norwegian Register for Scientific Journals but is peer reviewed and of scientific quality it can be submitted for evaluation.