hybrid open-access journals from the IUCr

open access

1. Introduction

The following journals published by the International Union of Crystallography (IUCr) 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

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

These hybrid open-access journals include a mix of open-access and subscription-only articles (i.e. articles available only to paid subscribers). Authors can choose to make their article open access by paying an open-access fee.

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

2. Open access and authors

Authors 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 subscription-only 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. The open-access fee

The open-access fees are as follows:

The fees are used to meet the costs of peer review, of journal production, and of online hosting and archiving. 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. 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 will include a mix of both standard subscriber-only papers and open-access papers for the foreseeable future. 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.

6. Open-access membership

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 support@iucr.org.

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.

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