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Update on OA journals from Academic Journals

On January 23 2009, there was a post, Many new and forthcoming OA journals from Academic Journals, by Gavin Baker, on Open Access News. A list of OA journals was included in the post, organized by launch date. Today, I visited the website of Academic Journals and reviewed their List of  Journals. At the end of the “Instructions for Authors” section of each journal, the current handling fee (article processing fee) for that journal can be found.

Below is a revised list of 54 journals, again organized by launch date.  For those journals with existing issues, the current handing fee has been added.

First online issue before 2009 (with date of first online issue):

* African Journal of Biotechnology (Nov 2002): $650
* Biotechnology and Molecular Biology Reviews (Apr 2006): $550
* Educational Research and Reviews (Apr 2006): $450
* African Journal of Agricultural Research (Aug 2006): $600
* International Journal of Physical Sciences (Sep 2006): $550
* International NGO Journal (Oct 2006): $300
* Scientific Research and Essays (Oct 2006): $550
* African Journal of Business Management (Feb 2007): $550
* African Journal of Microbiology Research (May 2007): $550
* African Journal of Political Science and International Relations (May 2007): $550
* African Journal of Biochemistry Research (June 2007): $550
* African Journal of Environmental Science and Technology (Aug 2007): $550
* Journal of Cell and Animal Biology (Aug 2007): $550
* Journal of  Medicinal Plants Research (Aug 2007): $600
* African Journal of Food Science (Sep 2007): $550
* African Journal of Plant Science (Sep 2007): $550
* African Journal of Pure and Applied Chemistry (Sep 2007): $550
* African Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology (Dec 2007): $600
* Journal of Geography and Regional Planing (Mar 2008): $550
* African Journal of Mathematics and Computer Science Research (Aug 2008): $550

First issue in January 2009:

* International Journal of Medicine and Medical Sciences: $750

First issue in March 2009:

* Journal of Plant Breeding and Crop Science: $550
* Journal of Psychology and Counseling: $550

Planned for March 2009:

* International Journal of Genetics and Molecular Biology
* Journal of Engineering and Technology Research
* Journal of Geology and Mining Research

Planned for April 2009:

* African Journal of History and Culture
* International Journal of Nursing and Midwifery
* International Journal of Vocational and Technical Education
* Journal of Accounting and Taxation
* Journal of Bacteriology Research
* Journal of Bioinformatics and Sequence Analysis
* Journal of Dentistry and Oral Hygiene
* Journal of Development and Agricultural Economics
* Journal of Ecology and The Natural Environment
* Journal of Economics and International Finance
* Journal of Educational Administration and Policy Studies
* Journal of Entomology and Nematology
* Journal of General and Molecular Virology
* Journal of Law and Conflict Resolution
* Philosophical Papers and Review

Planned for May 2009:

* African Journal of Marketing
* International Journal of Biodiversity and Conservation
* International Journal of Fisheries and Aquaculture
* International Journal of Library and Information Science
* International Journal of Livestock Production
* International Journal of Sociology and Anthropology
* Journal of Horticulture and Forestry
* Journal of Media and Communication Studies
* Journal of Parasitology and Vector Biology
* Journal of Pharmacognosy and Phytotherapy
* Journal of Public Administration and Policy Research
* Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health Sciences
* Journal of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Health

[List modified on March 16 and 17, 2009]


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Harold Varmus interviewed

Dr Varmus, I presume? By David Worlock, Outsell’s Thinking Out Loud, October 15, 2008. Excerpts:

October 14 was the foundation date for PLoS Biology, as well as the designated Open Access Day, so the 300 STM publishers gathered at the STM Association’s annual meeting on that day at the Frankfurt Book Fair to hear this interview needed no reminder of the significance of Dr Varmus’ work. They may have been surprised, however, when he spoke as a publisher himself and shared some of his five years of experience.


The foundation of PLoS One as a fast track publication mode based on review of technical competence and eligibility, rather than scientific standing or originality, had been a great success, with a high proportion of submissions being accepted at a lower $1200 fee. The peer reviewed journals now had high reputations, and rejected some 90% of submissions, but had needed to raise fees beyond his forecast of five years ago to cover costs.


He is plainly interested by search tools and analysis, and while it remains his conviction that repositories like PubMed are a critical component, he wants to see the urge of scientists to cross search the literature on factors and issues of their own choosing as vital to eventual success, regardless of the conventional structures of current article publishing.


And in terms of new developments, he certainly sees the article as a work in progress, and was particularly strong on the need, where privacy and data regulation permitted, for more of the evidential base to be exposed to allow other scientists to examine the data from which conclusions had been drawn, and subject it to their own analytical techniques.

Recommendation: Read the entire text of the blog post from which these excerpts were taken.

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