Before I chose to focus on Nineteenth-Century Century Gender Studies as my open access journal after finding it on DOAJ, I simply Googled “Open Access Journals for English Literature” and found an open access journal (English Language and Literature Studies) that seemed very legit. They had a lot of information and seemed to be published by a credible company. However, I was offput by the fact that any scholar seeking to publish in the journal had to pay $300 dollars to do so if their selection were approved. While this may be a normal, permissible practice, I’d rather focus on a journal that did not charge their authors a fee for submission or publishing.
So I decided to go with the Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies open access journal. It’s on the list of open access journals on the Directory of Open Access journals, so it should be fairly trustworthy. Their website is very minimal. I believe journal is its own publisher, and it is published within the United States according to the DOAJ. However, their board of directors, editors, and advisors is huge. These positions are filled by various professors at a multitude of credible universities and the website includes bios of their founders, editors, and advisors so that their potential authors understand the credibility of those that will be reviewing their work.
The purpose of the journal is as follows:
Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies is a peer-reviewed, online journal committed to
publishing insightful and innovative scholarship on gender studies and nineteenth-century
British literature, art, and culture. The journal is a collaborative effort that brings
together scholars from a variety of universities to create a unique voice in the field. (NCGS)
The journal aims to consider gender and sexuality in a variety of context, and they publish three times a year. I like that they want to bring in a group of different voices to each issue. The website is very welcoming to potential authors. It does not include information on their stance on open access or their place within the movement. The website does state, “Users can use, reuse and build upon the material published in the journal but only for non-commercial purposes” (NCGS). Overall, I think the website could use some more information on the journal’s stance on open access.
Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies. Edited by Stacey Floyd and Melissa Purdue. www.ncgsjournal.com/. Accessed 3 April 2017.
Directory of Open Access Journals. “Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies.” link. Accessed 3 April 2017.