hybrid open-access journals from the IUCr

open access

1. Introduction

The International Union of Crystallography (IUCr) publishes a number of transformative open-access journals. The journals currently include a mix of open-access, non-open-access (subscription) and free articles. Authors can choose to make their article open access by paying an open-access fee, or may be able to publish open access without direct charge if their institution is part of a transformative arrangement.

Acta Crystallographica Section A: Foundations and Advances
Acta Crystallographica Section B: Structural Science, Crystal Engineering and Materials
Acta Crystallographica Section C: Structural Chemistry
Acta Crystallographica Section D: Structural Biology
Acta Crystallographica Section F: Structural Biology Communications
Journal of Applied Crystallography
Journal of Synchrotron Radiation

Click here to see a complete list of open-access articles in Crystallography Journals Online.

The IUCr also publishes three full open-access journals. For more details click here.

2. Open access and authors

Authors will will be asked about open access during submission and will be given details of how to make their articles open access at the proof stage. Authors who do not wish to pay for open access will still be able to publish their article in the usual way (i.e. as a non-open-access article).

A paper may be made open access at any time after the proof stage on receipt of the appropriate payment. This applies to all back articles on Crystallography Journals Online. For further details, please contact support@iucr.org. Likewise, organisations wishing to sponsor open-access publication of a series of articles or complete journal issues should contact support@iucr.org.

3. Open-access fees

For details of the open-access fees, follow the above links to the web pages of the individual journals.

The fees are used to meet the costs of peer review, of journal production, and of online hosting and archiving. There are no submission charges. Open-access articles will be clearly marked in contents pages and search results.

4. Payment

4.1. How to pay

Full instructions on how to pay the open-access fee will be provided at the proof stage. Payment may be made by credit card, bank transfer, purchase order or invoice.

4.2 IUCr members

If you are an IUCr Associate, are in the World Directory or have an IUCr ID, you may claim the appropriate member price. Details of how to claim are provided at proof stage.

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In addition, if you are a member of the American Crystallographic Association (ACA), Asian Crystallographic Association (AsCA), European Crystallographic Association (ECA) or Latin-American Crystallographic Association (LACA), you may claim the member price.

4.3 Authors in countries or institutions with transformative arrangements

If your institution is taking part in a transformative deal with our publication partner, Wiley, you will be able to publish research or review articles open access in our hybrid journals with no direct charge. Currently, there are transformative deals in Austria, Finland, Germany, Hungary, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and the UK. If your article is accepted for publication, the IUCr will pass details of your article on to Wiley so that open access can be arranged.

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4.4 Sponsoring open access

Organisations wishing to sponsor open-access publication of a series of articles or complete journal issues should contact support@iucr.org.

4.5. Reimbursement

We are generally unable to process cancellations, refunds or returns of open-access fees after publication. Authors seeking reimbursement should contact IUCr Customer Services (support@iucr.org).

5. Open access and subscribers

The hybrid open-access journals include a mix of both standard subscriber-only papers and open-access papers. Funds generated from open-access payments will be used to keep the subscription costs as low as possible. Where an open-access fee has been paid, the article will be available free of charge to subscribers and nonsubscribers.

For full details of the subscription policy for Crystallography Journals Online, click here.

7. Open-access licence

Authors who elect to make their article open access will be asked to agree to an open-access licence. This licence is identical to the Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) Licence.

8. Open access and funding bodies

Some funding bodies, e.g. NIH, require authors to deposit their articles in a recognised archive such as PubMed Central. The IUCr recommends that such articles are made open access. A summary of the IUCr arrangements for NIH-funded authors can be found at http://journals.iucr.org/services/nihpolicy.html.

IUCr publications aim to meet best practice in open-access publication and conform with the publisher requirements of funders such as the Wellcome Trust, see https://wellcome.ac.uk/funding/managing-grant/publisher-requirements.

For authors choosing green open access, we allow immediate deposition of the authors' electronic reprint (version of record) in institutional repositories.


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