To see an article in a PAY for access journals, you’ll need to use your credit card or have access to a library that’s paid for these journals. However, articles in an OPEN access journal are just a free click away. Free? Yes. Free. Is this too good to be true? Well, sometimes.
There are what’s known as “predatory” open access journals. Publishers of these journals take money from researchers without any concern for quality of research they publish. (It always comes down to money, doesn’t it?) Jeffrey Beall composed a list of these less than savoury journals across all fields and disciplines. For my list of open access psychology journals, I tried my best to weed out the ones that were on Beall’s list. Please note that some may have slipped through the cracks at the time I composed this list, and Beall’s list is constantly being updated. Bottom line, if you want to publish in an open access journal, do as you would if you’re publishing in a pay for access journal, get to know your journal!
So here we go. The journals in this list have substantial English content, are currently publishing articles, and cover a broad range of psychology topics. I’ve placed an asterisk (*) by the journals that I like and a double asterisk (**) by the ones I particularly like if you’d like a place to start.