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Open access – a common effort

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De Gruyter Open publishes 571 serials in cooperation with 270 various institutions from 38 countries around the world.

An important force behind the global shift to open access publishing are academic associations and universities, managing their own journals. These institutions often benefit from direct public funding and/or are supported by the contributions of their members. When they publish journals in a conventional model, income from subscription is not usually very important for their budgets. This is why the first open access journals in the world were published by universities and associations. These journals relied on preexisting on-line infrastructure belonging to publishing institutions and on the semi-voluntary work of their staff. For them, open access was a way to bring their journals to a bigger audience, and cost efficiency was usually a secondary problem. This was a major push toward openness, antedating both more professional open access journals from commercial publishers and open access repositories.

A lot has changed from this romantic beginning. Nowadays, when the Internet is crowded, thousands of journals might be found on-line and yet sometimes it is difficult to find the one that we are looking for. Discoverability became an important issue for small journals, and those looking for broader recognition have started cooperating with big, professional publishers who have modern on-line platforms and take care about indexing services covering their journals.

De Gruyter Open, which has the 3rd biggest number of serials indexed by Directory of Open Access Journals, now publishes 571 serials in cooperation with 270 various institutions from 38 countries around the world. These include journals from 122 universities, 90 academic associations and other NGOs, 40 research institutes, 10 national academy of sciences, 4 commercial companies and 4 museums.

The global dispersion of DG Open’s partners might be seen on the map above. Countries where journals published in cooperation with the company and their partners are marked with colour. The intensity of colour depends on the number of journals coming from each country. Poland, Romania and Slovakia are 3 states where the majority of journals published on De Gruyter Open’s platform come from. But the remaining 216 journals are quite evenly distributed among the other 35 countries. This is a real global undertaking!

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  1. Thank you Witold Kieńć. Openness and transparency from my perspective are good qualities for any organization or business, I appreciate the contribution of De Gruyter to this conversation. If you have any further information, please let me know. What would be most helpful to SKC is information about the platinum model or no-fee journals – how this works, and if De Gruyter and its partners see this continuing indefinitely, as well as a spreadsheet with a full list of journals, partnerships, whether there is a publication fee or not, and if so, how much / how it works and in what currency. It is a lot to ask, I know, I am just mentioning this on the theory that my chances of getting the info are better if I do ask than if I don’t. Thanks again :)

  2. Well, at this moment I can tell you that probably all of journals that DG Open publishes in cooperation with partners are free for both authors and readers. The decision whether fees should be introduced or not is up to our partners, who own journals, and probably some of them will use no-fee model indefinitely, since they have appropriate funding from other sources, e.g. public money. De Gruyter Open publishes also own journals, which charge author-side fees, or are going to introduce them within next few years. I will come back to you with more info soon, I hope.

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