open access and IUCr Journals

open access

1. Introduction

An open-access system of distribution of information is one where no charge is made to the reader (in contrast to the traditional subscription-based model). There are a number of advantages of open access including higher visibility of publications, higher citation rates of open-access publications and access to literature for scientists in the developing world.

This document provides a summary of the open-access arrangements for electronic editions of journals published by the International Union of Crystallography (IUCr).

2. Full open-access journals

The IUCr publishes two journals that are fully open access, i.e. all articles are made available free of charge to the reader. An open-access fee is charged to authors of articles published in these journals to cover the costs of peer review, journal production, and online hosting and archiving. These journals are:

Acta Crystallographica Section E: Crystallographic Communications

For more details of the open-access arrangements for these journals click here.

3. Hybrid open-access journals

In addition, the IUCr publishes seven hybrid open-access journals. These journals include a mix of open-access and subscription-only articles. Authors can choose to make their article open access by paying an open-access fee. The following IUCr journals are hybrid open access:

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

Funds generated from open-access payments will be used to keep subscription costs as low as possible.

For more details on hybrid open access click here.

4. Other information

Since the launch of Crystallography Journals Online in 1999, the IUCr has had a policy of providing free access to the full texts of certain types of article (for example, CIF Applications, Prefaces, Editorials, Letters to the Editor, Book and Software Reviews, Crystallographers, Notes and News, Addenda and Errata, and New Commercial Products); this policy will continue. In addition, a number of services including tables of contents, e-mail alerting, and the provision of supplementary material (e.g. CIFs, structure factors and other structural data) are free of charge to both subscribers and nonsubscribers.

Institutions may take out open-access membership of Crystallography Journals Online. Researchers from member institutions have the right to discounts for advance payment of open-access fees. If your organisation would like to become a member, please contact

The IUCr has an active policy concerning the long-term preservation and access to publications in its journals. The charge made to authors for open-access publication includes a contribution to the cost of the long-term preservation and access of the publication.

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

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