Open access journals typically have the following characteristics:
Authors can publish their work in a traditional open access journal, a hybrid open access journal, or a delayed open access journal.
Traditional Open Access Journals
Ex: Journals published in the Public Library of Science (PLoS)
Hybrid Open Access Journals
Ex: Publishers offering hybrid open access include: Elsevier: Open Access Options; Oxford University Press: Oxford Open; SAGE Publications: SAGE Open; for a more extensive list of publishers visit SHERPA/RoMEO's page Publishers with Paid Options for Open Access
Delayed Open Access Journals
Ex. Journal Molecular Biology of the Cell (2 month embargo)
Authors self-archive pre-print¹ or post-print² copies of their articles or conference papers in:
For tenure review purposes self-archiving is not considered a valid form of peer-review publication.
Although self-archiving copies of your work won't help you with tenure, there are still benefits:
1. pre-print = the version of the article before the peer review process
2. post-print = the version of the article after the peer review process, with edits but lacking final formatting used in the journal