Journal or Series Owners and Editors

1. What can De Gruyter Open offer to your serial?

De Gruyter Open publishes in Open Access models. The two Open Access models supported by De Gruyter Open are author-pays model and journal-pays model. 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 delivers full-text to digital repositories and distributors.

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

In the journal-pays model, neither the reader pays for access to the content, nor the author pays for publishing in the journal, thus 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 organization to which the author belongs.

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

The author-pays model is regarded as the “golden route to Open Access”. But for most existing journals this route is very difficult, or even impossible. Only journals with significant Impact Factors or/and strong reputation can follow this path, without fear that a sufficient number of authors will stop sending manuscripts, when they begin charging them. Of course, there are journals, which strategically want to follow the journal-pays model, and do not want to charge the readers nor the authors.

4. What is the main idea of your journal-pays offer ?

In the journal-pays model, De Gruyter Open would: 1. host the electronic journal on sophisticated platform, 2. apply the journal to all applicable abstracting databases, and deliver abstracts to such databases, 3. if the journal is not covered by Thomson Scientific, apply the journal to Thomson for coverage, 4. distribute full-text to numerous repositories, distributors and libraries worldwide, 5. provide many other production, marketing and distribution services. All of these services are essential for professional electronic publication of your journal. De Gruyter Open charges a fee per each article published. De Gruyter Open offers additional publishing services to interested journals, so that the journal owner can customize the range of publishing services according to its needs and budget. Those services are separately priced.

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

If you take advantage of our journal-pays offer, here are the key benefits for your journal:
  • wider access
  • more readers
  • more citations
  • greater awareness
  • Versita brand
  • reasonable costs
  • journal stays yours
  • high technology.

6. What are the advantages in terms of distribution?

Publishing the journal in Open Access opens 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 many academic and other libraries.

7. What are the advantages in journal distribution ?

Publishing the journal in Open Access model opens its contents to all interested readers, who can access it without any barriers. Besides, De Gruyter Open delivers the full-text to many repositories and distributors, and authenticates access for many academic and other libraries.

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.

9. What are the advantages in publishing technology ?

As a rule, journals owned by universities, research institutes and societies can afford only very basic electronic publishing solutions. They simply put their articles as PDF files on their own servers. Readers feel like in a car showroom. They can watch the cars, but cannot ride them. They can read the articles, but cannot enjoy all the functionalities offered my modern publishing technology solutions. Journals published by De Gruyter Open are available through a sophisticated hosting platform. Readers can, for instance, enjoy reference linking. Many references in each article are links, which can be clicked to jump to abstracts of cited articles. Readers can register for alerts and will receive an automatic message if the journal has published a new issue or an article on the topic of their interest.