Journal or Series Owners and Editors

1. What can De Gruyter Open provide for your serial?

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 to their works. De Gruyter Open delivers article abstracts to numerous abstracting databases and provides full-text to digital repositories and distributors.

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 to access the content, and publishing costs are borne by the author’s organization.

3. Which journals should consider the author-pays model?

The author-pays model is generally regarded as the “golden route to Open Access”. Even though it can prove a difficult path for some journals, here are a few reasons why you may want to consider switching to this model:
  • If your journal is published in a subscription-based model, declining sales revenues and a diminishing number of subscribers (both individuals and libraries) can be a sufficient incentive to change the publication model.
  • If your journal is already published in the journal-pays model (you do not charge readers or authors), you have no revenues to lose.
  • If your journal already has a significant Impact Factor and/or a strong reputation, so that a sufficient number of authors will continue to send manuscripts after you start charging them.

4. What is the main idea behind the author-pays offer?

De Gruyter Open offer is twofold:
  1. we can manage the transition of your journal from the current model to the author-pays model
  2. we can publish your journal during and after the transition.
De Gruyter Open would make strategic and financial analysis of your journal and propose a successful transition plan. If your journal is published today in the subscription-based model, we would rather transform it gradually, so that most of the subscription revenues are preserved during the transition. De Gruyter Open would:
  1. produce the journal in the electronic form, and print as many copies as are sold,
  2. collect publication fees and (as long as they exist) print subscription revenues,
  3. promote the journal to readers and librarians.
De Gruyter Open would cover the costs of these activities. You would search for manuscripts, send them for peer-review, select them for publication, and finally compose approved articles in PDF format (this can also be done by De Gruyter Open). The institution that owns the journal would receive a share of publication fees and print sales revenues. It would continue to own the journal.

5. What are the main benefits of the author-pays offer?

The purpose of our offer is to successfully transform your journal to the author-pays model. Here are the key benefits for your journal:
  • wider access
  • more readers
  • more citations
  • greater awareness
  • De Gruyter Open brand
  • more revenues in time
  • most costs paid by De Gruyter Open
  • journal stays yours
  • high technology.

6. What are the advantages in terms of distribution?

Journals owned by universities, research institutes and societies can barely sustain subscription revenues if they are published in the traditional subscription-based model. Usually they only have one or a few journals and limited human resources to take care of their distribution. Publishing a journal in Open Access virtually opens up its contents to all interested readers, who can access it without any barriers. Moreover, De Gruyter Open delivers the full-text to many repositories and distributors, and authenticates access for numerous general and academic libraries.

7. What are the advantages in terms of marketing?

Universities, research institutes and societies that publish journals usually undertake very little or no marketing at all. Today there are tens of thousands of journals and millions of articles published every year. It is therefore critical to make the research community aware and interested in your journal. De Gruyter Open promotes journals through its websites and beyond, applying for abstracting databases to index them, as well as supplying the abstracts. We optimize search results in Google and other search engines, so that your articles appear at the top of search results. Thanks to many such techniques, journals published by De Gruyter Open can significantly increase their downloads and Impact Factor.

8. What are the advantages in terms of publishing technology?

As a rule, journals owned by universities, research institutes and societies can only afford very basic electronic publishing solutions. They simply upload their articles as PDF files on their own servers. As a result, readers can consult the articles, but they cannot enjoy all the possibilities offered by modern publishing technology solutions. Journals published by De Gruyter Open are available through a sophisticated hosting platform. Readers can, for instance, appreciate reference linking which opens abstracts of cited articles with a single click. Readers can also register for alerts and receive automatic messages when the journal has published a new issue or an article on the topic of their interest.