Info on Open Access Publishers
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Info on Open Access Publishers
Open access publishing in scientific journals often entails costs for the author, so-called article-processing charges (APC) or publication fees. To help authors finance these APC, the university library manages the OA Publication Fund. Additionally, we have a number of agreements with publishers to facilitate the publishing process or reduce APC.
As the number of different publishing models, pricing categories and procedures is constantly increasing, we advise you to contact us before submitting a publication „when in doubt”.
The Directory of Open Access Journals (www.doaj.org) currently lists more than 19,000 open access journals and is a reliable service to find the appropriate one for your publication.
B!SON Recommender Service for Open Access Journals
B!SON is the acronym for 'Bibliometric and Semantic Open Access Recommender Network'. The service—developed by the TIB Hannover and the SLUB Dresden—is intended to facilitate a successful open access transformation. The poject partners cooperate with OpenCitations and DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals), all recommended journals are gold open access journals.
The Journal Finder offers a selection of possible journals, but all results should in every case be double checked on the resp. journals’ websites or with the open access office, as there are a (growing) number of different pricing tiers, financing options and procedures.
Find more info on the service at B!SON Project.
Under a transformative agreement (2023-2025) the Library and Information System (BIS) enables Oldenburg researchers to publish in all ACS hybrid and golden open access journals at no cost to them.
BioMed Central publishes approximately 200 open access journals, including Chemistry Central and SpringerOpen journals.
Publications in journals of one of these publishers fall under the conditions of the Springer Nature-DEAL contract (see below).
The Library and Information System (BIS) is a participant in the consortium (headed by the Bavarian State Library and supported by the DFG) that has signed a two-year Publish-and-Read contract with Cambridge University Press.
The agreement includes the APC for corresponding authors who are members of the Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg. Oldenburg researchers and scientists may publish in CUP's so-called hybrid open access journals in their Full Collection at no additional cost to them.
The university library is partner in a consortium agreement (2023 to 2024) with de Gruyter, that allows corresponding authors who are members of our university to publish in de Gruyter’s hybrid open access journals at no cost to them. A discount of 20% is applied to the APC in golden open access journals.
Members of the Carl von Ossietzky Unviersity of Oldenburg may publish open access in ECS’s hybrid OA journals JES and JSS at no cost to them (valid until the end of 2023). When publishing in the gold OA journals the funding requirements of our publication fund apply.
We are currently in talks with the publisher regarding tools and procedures. But already, the following applies for reseachers of our university:
- Submitting corresponding authors, who are members of the Carl von Ossietzky University, may publish open access in over 2,500 Elsevier open access journals incl. Cell Press and The Lancet journals.
- The PAR fee for publications in hybrid open access journals will be covered by the university library.
- Participating institutions will receive a 20% discount on list prices for the Elsevier Fully Gold open access journals and a 15% discount on list prices of the Fully Gold Cell Press and The Lancet journals.
Exact workflows and procedures still need to be defined and will be posted here soon.
The university library is one of Frontiers institutional partners through a central invoicing agreement where article processing charges for all articles by affiliated authors will be billed directly to us. Other than in the years prior to 2022, Frontiers is only seldom willing to offer discounts on these APCs. This new policy and a recent price increase mean that authors will have to pay a share of roughly 2,500 Euros. Make sure to contact us before submitting a publication.
A transformative agreement with Hogrefe (2021-2023) allows University of Oldenburg researchers to publish open access in 29 psychology and psychiatry journals at no cost to the authors.
- Workflow and qualified journals (publisher’s websitesite)
An agreement with IEEE (terminates on Nov. 29, 2023) allows for five articles by Oldenburg scientists to be published open access at no cost to the authors. Please, contact us for futher details (see left).
MDPI (Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute, www.mdpi.com) was founded by researchers in Basel, Switzerland in 1996 as an institute to collect, preserve and redistribute rare chemical samples for research purposes. In 2010, MDPI AG was formally registered in Basel as a professional publishing house while the original institute was restructured and retained its original purpose.
In 2015, the more than 150 MDPI journals received over 40.000 manuscript submissions, of which nearly 52% were rejected. Authors retain the copyright of their papers, and all papers are released under the Creative Commons by Attribution (CC-BY) license, thus allowing maximum dissemination and re-use of the research reported in our journals.
The Library and Information System (BIS) participates in MDPI's Institutional Open Access Program, and corresponding authors from the Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg receive a 10% discount on the APC. The central billing is administrated by the BIS.
PLOS (Public Library of Science) is a nonprofit publisher and advocacy organization founded to accelerate progress in science and medicine. PLOS publishes a number of open-access journals (PLOS Biology, PLOS Genetics, PLOS Medicine et al.).
The journal PLOS ONE (www.plosone.org ) features reports of original research from all disciplines within science and medicine, and provides a platform to publish primary research, including interdisciplinary and replication studies as well as negative results. The journal’s publication criteria are based on high ethical standards and the rigor of the methodology and conclusions reported.
The Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg has a central-billing agreement with PLOS that invoices will be sent directly to the BIS.
The university library particpates in a consortium allowing Oldenburg researchers (must be corr. author) to publish research articles or reviews articles in the RSC’s hybrid open access journals at no cost to them. The current agreement terminates on Dec. 31, 2023.
Note: In the publication process do not select the standard license when submitting your paper, but select an open access license only after acceptance of your submission.
Golden open access journals are not included in the agreement, however, a discount of 15% is applied to the APC.
Under the agreement with SAGE Publishing (just renewed for 2024), Oldenburg researchers may publish open access in over 900 hybrid Open Access Journals (SAGE Choice) at no cost to them (list of eligible journals) . The costs will be covered by the university library.
A discount of 20% will be granted in selected gold open access journals.
In January 2020, the DEAL consortium and Springer Nature signed an open access transformation agreement. As the Carl von Ossietzky University participates in that consortium, corresponding authors who are members of our university have the following publishing options:
- As of January 1, open access publicaton in more than 1,900 hybrid open access journals (open choice) is free of addirtional cost. (Please, avoid opting out of the open-access option, as we will be billed for every article in these journals regardless of your choice.)
- Since August 1, we are granted a 20% discount on the APC in ca. 600 gold open access journals.
For a list of qualified journals and their resp. APCs see: : keeper.mpdl.mpg.de/f/a6dc1e1ed4fc4becb194/?dl=1.
If a gold open access publication fulfills the criteria of our university's open access publication fund, APC can be paid through that fund.
The transformational agreement between Thieme and the University Library allows corr./primary authors affiliated with our university to publish open access in the following hybrid oa journals at no cost to the authors:
- Hormone and Metabolic Research
- International Journal of Sports Medicine
- Methods of Information in Medicine
- Thrombosis and Haemostasis
In early 2019, the DEAL consortium signed an agreement with Wiley & Sons, that contains a reading component as well as an open access publishing component (further information). The Carl von Ossietzky University participates in this consortium.
Scientists and researchers who are members of our university and corresponding authors have the options of pubishing in either
- the so-called hybrid open access journals (online open) at no additional cost to them (APC will be covered by the university library), or
- the gold open access journals, where a discount of 20% on the APC will be granted.
For a list of qualified journals and their resp. APCs see: keeper.mpdl.mpg.de/f/fed54cfc4e7f4c178137/?dl=1.
If a gold open access publication fulfills the criteria of our university's open access publication fund, APC can be paid (at least in part) through that fund.
New Wiley Gold OA Journals
In 2024, Wiley will flip additional journals from hybrid OA to gold OA. Due to the varying average duration of the individual journal’s peer reviews, certain dates were appointed after which submissions will be considererd gold-OA submissions and will be invoiced accordingly.
The journals will not accept any hybrid-OA submissions after the appointed dates in July/August 2023.
- For a list of the journals and the appointed dates see: 2024 Journal Flips (external page)