Thursday, July 7, 2011

Newly lauched Open Access journals of interest

Almost two years ago I compiled a list of new "Open Access" publications, many of which turned out not to be Open Access at all. Here is a list of other Open Access (to the best of my knowledge) journals released since then. I tried to make sure that these journals are indeed Open Access (as opposed to "free to read" but still prohibiting other uses), but please feel free to correct me in any case.
As ASM's first broad-scope, online-only, open-access journal, mBio offers rapid review and publication of the best research in microbiology and allied fields. The new journal continues ASM's nonprofit publishing mission and is edited by scientists involved in active research.
SAGE Open is a new open access publication from SAGE. It publishes peer-reviewed, original research and review articles in an interactive, open access format. Articles may span the full spectrum of the social and behavioral sciences and the humanities.
BMJ Open is an online-only, open access general medical journal, dedicated to publishing medical research from all disciplines and therapeutic areas. The journal publishes all research study types, from study protocols to phase I trials to meta-analyses, including small or potentially low-impact studies.
G3: Genes, Genomes, Genetics meets the critical and growing need of the genetics community for rapid review and publication of important results in all areas of Genetics, with an emphasis on research issuing from the emerging style of genetics research, with its increasing reliance on genome sequence information. G3 publishes: 1) Research of interest to a wide range of biological disciplines, including microbiology, mycology, zoology, botany, and agriculture; 2) Research in established and emerging model organisms; 3) Research in human and medical genetics;
Online and open access, Scientific Reports is a primary research publication from the publishers of Nature, covering all areas of the natural sciences. Hosted on -- the home of over 80 journals published by Nature Publishing Group and the destination for millions of scientists globally every month -- Scientific Reports is open to all, publishing technically sound, original research papers of interest to specialists within their field, without barriers to access.
Open Research Computation publishes peer reviewed articles that describe the development, capacities, and uses of software designed for use by researchers. Submissions relating to software for use in any area of research are welcome as are articles dealing with algorithms, useful code snippets, as well as large applications or web services, and libraries. Open Research Computation differs from other journals with a software focus in its requirement for the software source code to be made available under an Open Source Initiative compliant license, and in its assessment of the quality of documentation and testing of the software.
"The Open Biology Editors and Editorial Board are practising scientists who will actively engage in the review of submitted papers. Our intention is to publish research of the highest quality and to ensure a fair and speedy review process. I hope that by streamlining the review system and putting  everything into the hands of active scientists, that we can do something valuable for our respective communities. Above all, I want Open Biology to be a high profile journal run by biologists for biologists; where acceptance of a paper is based on quality and merit rather than the headline."
Professor David Glover, Editor-in-Chief
And the announcement of three big research organizations planning to launch an Open Access journal for Biomedical and Life Sciences":
The Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Max Planck Society and the Wellcome Trust announced today that they are to support a new, top-tier, open access journal for biomedical and life sciences research. The three organizations aim to establish a new journal that will attract and define the very best research publications from across these fields. All research published in the journal will make highly significant contributions that will extend the boundaries of scientific knowledge.

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