Journal Author

1. What can De Gruyter Open offer to you?

De Gruyter Open publishes in Open Access. The two Open Access models supported by De Gruyter Open are author-pays and journal-pays. All journals at De Gruyter Open offer unrestricted access to readers and libraries. They are peer-reviewed and publish exclusively or predominantly in English. As a rule, authors retain copyright in their works. De Gruyter Open delivers article abstracts to many abstracting databases and provides full-text to digital repositories and distributors, e.g.: Thomson Reuters products, DOAJ, Medline/PubMed, Scopus, Mathematical Reviews, Inspec, Chemical Abstracts Service, EBSCO databases, ProQuest databases.

2. What is the difference between the author-pays and journal-pays model?

In the journal-pays model, neither the reader pays to access the content, nor the author pays for publishing in the journal, and the publishing costs are borne by the journal owner. In the author-pays model, readers do not pay for access to the content, and publishing costs are borne by the author’s organization. If you want to submit a manuscript to one of the journals available at De Gruyter Open, please visit the journal webpage and check if the journal charges publication fees.

3. Why publish in our journals?

Here are the advantages of publishing in a journal available at De Gruyter Open:
  • Open Access means unrestricted access to published articles. It brings more readers, more citations, and greater awareness of your publication.
  • De Gruyter Open journals promise fair, fast and comprehensive peer-review.
  • Most De Gruyter Open journals allow the author to retain copyright. Please visit the journal webpage and check if this applies to the journal of your choice.
  • For each journal, De Gruyter Open applies to every suitable abstracting database for indexing and then supplies the abstract so that it may become widely available and easier to find.
  • De Gruyter Open deposits the abstract of your article at CrossRef, so citations to your article can have an active link, which can be clicked and lead to the abstract of your article.
  • De Gruyter Open will send (or make available otherwise) the full-text of your article to numerous repositories (like PubMed Central), distributors and libraries worldwide.
  • De Gruyter Open is based on a sophisticatedhosting platform, which lets readers enjoy all the functionalities offered by modern publishing technology solutions. Readers can, for instance, appreciate reference linking. Most references in your article can become active links, which can be clicked to jump to abstracts of cited articles.
  • Some journals at De Gruyter Open use the Editorial Manager online submission and peer-review system, which is used by more than 4,000 journals and thus familiar to many authors and reviewers.

4. Are the journals peer-reviewed?

All journals available at De Gruyter Open are peer-reviewed. When it comes to submissions, unless they are out of scope or of an unacceptably low standard, each of them is reviewed by at least two experts in the field. The editors pledge to conduct fair, fast and comprehensive peer-review.

5. Do the journals have Impact Factors?

Many of the journals published at De Gruyter Open are newly established journals. So they do not have Impact factors yet. If a journal is to acquire an Impact factor, it must have been tracked by Thomson Scientific for three years. Please also note that Impact Factors do not exist or are not important in some areas, such as the humanities or social sciences. Here are some of De Gruyter Open journals that already have Impact Factors:
  • Radiology and Oncology – 1.602
  • Acta Physica Slovaca – 1.333
  • Measurement Science Review – 1.233
  • Acta Pharmaceutica – 1.162
  • Geologica Carpathica – 1.143

6. How much does it cost to publish in our journals?

For the majority of De Gruyter Open journals, it costs nothing. Since most of our journals are published in the journal-pays model, the publishing costs are borne by the journal owner rather than by the author. If you want to submit a manuscript to one of the journals available at De Gruyter Open, please visit the journal webpage and check if the journal charges publication fees. On the other hand, De Gruyter Open journals published in the author-pays model apply Article Processing Charges (APCs), which are paid for by the author’s affiliate institution or another funding body. The amount of the APC depends on the journal and should be checked before submitting a manuscript. Each charging journal has a special waiver policy for authors from low income countries. Waivers are also granted on case-by-case basis.

7. Why should I have to pay to publish my research?

It is costly to produce a peer-reviewed, edited, and formatted article for online publication, and to host it on a server that is accessible around the clock. This cost is small relative to the funding for the research project as a whole (usually around 1%), but it serves as the crucial final step in disseminating a completed body of work to the scientific community. Several major funding sources have explicitly endorsed the open access model for publishing, so it may not be too difficult for you to obtain funding for the Article Processing Charge.

8. Do authors have to assign copyrights?

As a rule, authors retain copyrights. However, please visit the journal webpage and check if this applies to the journal of your choice. Most De Gruyter Open journals are published on the basis of Creative Commons license.