Evaluation, publication, funding

There are many Open Access journals, with new ones starting up almost daily.

Unfortunately, there are a number of untrustworthy journals and publishers on the market. These are known as “predatory journals”, and provide an unsatisfactory service – or none at all – in return for high publication fees. Such journals are often easy to identify, since their websites are full of spelling mistakes and/or they aggressively try to attract submissions. Sometimes, however, predatory journals are not so easy to recognize. For instance, their web presence may be flawless or they may give the name of a renowned scientist as the editor, even though the latter knows nothing about it.

Predatory journals checklist

The following checklist will help you evaluate (OA) journals.

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Further information

Some Open Access publishers require the payment of publication fees, known as article processing charges (APCs), before publishing in Open Access mode. These charges vary greatly in amount, with Hybrid OA generally costing significantly more than Gold OA. Reputable Open Access journals state their APCs transparently and communicate them on their websites. For further information on evaluating journals, see this checklist.

The University and University Library of Bern do not have a central Open Access publication fund. However, Bern researchers benefit from reduced APCs from the following publishers:

Within the framework of the LERU petition and the DORA initiative, the Bern University Library endeavours to support alternative, non-profit Open Access initiatives.

The following initiatives are supported by UB:

UB is also a member of:

Do you know of an OA initiative that deserves to be supported? Contact us.