After submitting your preprint to an Open Access repository of your choice, here are the tools you can use to decide which Open Access journal to submit your manuscript to:

Think. Check. Submit

Think. Check. Submit. helps researchers identify trusted journals and publishers for their research. Through a range of tools and practical resources, this international, cross-sector initiative aims to educate researchers, promote integrity, and build trust in credible research and publications. Go to and follow the checkboxes.

Open Journal Matcher

Additionally, you can copy & paste the abstract of your preprint into the #OpenJournalMatcher to get a list of all the affordable (or even free of APC) journals indexed in the Directory of Open Access Journals that match the focus of your work:

The Directory of Open Access Journals

DOAJ is a community-curated online directory that indexes and provides access to high-quality, open access, peer-reviewed journals.


African Journals Online

African Journals Online (AJOL) is the world’s largest and preeminent platform of African-published scholarly journals. AJOL works to increase global & continental online access, awareness, quality & use of African-published, peer-reviewed research. More than half of the repeat users are from Africa.

Sherpa Romeo

Sherpa Romeo is an online resource that aggregates and analyses publisher open access policies from around the world and provides summaries of publisher copyright and open access archiving policies on a journal-by-journal basis.