Diamond Open Access Publishing

Have you heard about diamond (also known as platinum) open access publishing?

Despite its flashy name, the concept is simple: articles are published open access and thus freely available for anyone to read, share and redistribute. And there are NO fees whatsoever for the author, their university or their funding agency to publish the article.

According to the study commissioned by cOAlition S in 2021, there are over 29,000 diamond open access journals worldwide. Together, these journals publish 44% of the total open access content and 8–9% of the total number of scholarly articles.

Where to start to find these journals?

Although not all open access journals are listed there, a great resource for finding reputable journals is the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) database. Here, an extra filter (“Without article processing charges (APCs)”) can be applied to identify diamond open access journals.

The Beilstein-Institut, who is partner in NFDI4Chem, is also working on this topic. They support two such journals – the Beilstein Journal of Organic Chemistry and the Beilstein Journal of Nanotechnology. For questions about these journals or diamond open access in general, please feel free to get in touch.

There are many other journals offering diamond open access publishing. We have started to compile a list of such journals below. If you would like your journal to be mentioned here, please get in touch and let us know. We will be continuously updating the list.

At the Beilstein-Institut two diamond open access journals – the Beilstein Journal of Organic Chemistry and the Beilstein Journal of Nanotechnology – are supported.

Dr. Wendy Patterson
Scientific Director
Beilstein-Institut zur Förderung der Chemischen Wissenschaften

ACS Publications diamond open access journal, ACS Central Science, publishes the most compelling discoveries with exceptional impact across the physical and life sciences in which chemistry has a central role. The journal addresses important advances in fundamental areas of chemistry, as well as applied and interdisciplinary research highlighting the seminal role of chemistry in a wide range of other scientific disciplines.

Dr. Sofia Garakyaraghi
Senior Managing Editor of ACS Central Science
ACS Publications

Chemical Science is the flagship journal of the Royal Society of Chemistry. It is home to exceptional research and thought-provoking ideas from across the breadth of the chemical sciences. Open and free, for authors and readers.

Dr. May Copsey
Executive Editor, Chemical Science
Royal Society of Chemistry