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Research Impact and Visibility: Day 6: Open Access & Open Peer Review

A guide on tools to promote your research and increase citations

Publishing Open Access

What is Open Access Publishing?

For More information about finding open access journals, types of open access, TTU resources and predatory OA journals, visit the  Libraries' Open Access Research Guide.

How can Open Access help you promote your research?

Publishing in Open Access (OA) journals is a great way to increase the discoverability of your work. It has the added advantage of getting you more citationsviewsMendeley readers and Twitter mentions. What’s not to love about that?

In today’s challenge, we’ll discuss some advantages and drawbacks to publishing your work Open Access, and share tips on how to publish OA.


Open Peer Review Tools

In the past few years, a number of standalone, independent peer review sites have emerged: PubPeer,  Publons, H-net, and Faculty of 1000 are among the many. These sites allow you to review both published and under-review papers on their platform, and in the case of Publons, export your reviews to journals for use.

These sites also allow you to submit your reviews as Open Peer Reviews, and to create profiles showcasing your peer reviews. Some sites like Publons also issue DOIs for reviews, making them citable research objects.

Get citations and altmetrics for your peer reviews

Once your Open Peer Reviews are online, you can discover citations, shares, discussions, and bookmarks of them if they’ve got permanent identifiers that are easily trackable. The most common ID that’s used for peer reviews is a DOI.

There are two main ways you can get a DOI for your reviews:

  • Review for a journal like  PeerJ or peer review platform like Publons that issues DOIs automatically
  • Archive your review in a repository that issues DOIs, like Figshare

When you’ve got your DOI, use it! Include it on your CV (more on that below), as a link when sharing your reviews with others, and so on. And encourage others to always link to your review using the DOI resolver link (these are created by putting “” in front of your DOI; here’s an example of what one looks like: