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Open Access Publishing : How the library can help

This guide provides guidance in open access scholarly publishing for researchers in all disciplines.

Transitioning an existing journal to open access

Resources for transitioning a traditional, subscription-based journal to open access:

Library Help for Cornell-based Open Access Journals

Your Library Liaison  can help identify resources to enhance the discovery, access and preservation of an open access journal developed at Cornell.

Indexing:  Librarians can identify publishers of indexing and abstracting databases that may accept your journal for inclusion. Librarians can make direct recommendations to some publishers (e.g. Ebsco or Proquest), or provide contact and policy information for others (e.g. Web of Science).

Library catalog record: Librarians can ensure that a record is created for the Cornell University Library Catalog. 

DOAJ: It is important to register open access journals in the Directory of Open Access Journals as a discovery tool. In addition, the record can then be automatically harvested for inclusion in library catalogs around the world. More information on applying for your journal to be in DOAJ is available.

Preservation:  To ensure long term content security and access, librarians can provide information on options such as institutional repositories, LOCKSS or Portico.

Cornell Resources


Cornell University Library is currently planning to launch a journal hosting service, for journals with a Cornell-affiliated editor. For more information, contact