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 recent study commissioned by cOAlition S, 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 all open access journals are not listed here, 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.
At the Beilstein-Institut two of such journals – the Beilstein Journal of Organic Chemistry and the Beilstein Journal of Nanotechnology – are supported. If there are any questions about these journals or diamond open access in general, please feel free to get in touch.
Dr. Wendy Patterson
Beilstein-Institut zur Förderung der Chemischen Wissenschaften