What's new in open access to chemistry journals (and chemical information)
Wiley: Free Special Issues in Journal of Peptide Science:
2022, V. 28, I. S1: 62nd EPS Newsletter;
2021, V. 27, I. S1: 61st EPS Newsletter;
2019, V. 25, I. 5: 16th Naples Workshop on Bioactive Peptides: ‘The exciting role of Peptides in life science’;
2018, V. 24, I. S2: 35th European Peptide Symposium 26th–31st August 2018.
Wiley: Free Special Issues in Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry:
2020. V. 34, I. S4: Dai Games; V. 34, I. S3: The Brazilian Chemical Society; V. 34, I. S1: Mass spectrometry for clinical diagnosis;
2019. V. 33, I. S3: Perspectives on the future of Mass Spectrometry; V. 33, I. S2: Ion Mobility Mass Spectrometry: Small Molecule Applications; V. 33, I. S1: 1st European Mass Spectrometry Conference (EMSC);
2016. V. 30, I. S1: Special Issue for the Second National Conference on Mass Spectrometry Analysis in China.
Concepts in Magnetic Resonance Part B: Magnetic Resonance Engineering (2019-present) is an open access journal.
Back issues (2003-2018) (2003-2018) of the journal are Free to Read in the Wiley Online Library.
Concepts in Magnetic Resonance Part A, Bridging Education and Research (2019-present) is an open access journal.
Back issues (1997-2018) of the journal are Free to Read in the Wiley Online Library.
Wiley: Pesticide Detection in Food and in the Environment.
This free collection of articles details how high-resolution mass spectrometry and gas chromatography can be used to screen for pesticides and other contaminants in food and in the environment.
Free registration is required to get access to the collection.
Springer: Journal of Electronic Materials:
Free Access to Editor's Choice Articles - (2018-present).
Springer: Analytical Sciences:
The Analytical Sciences journal selects Hot Articles for each issue.
These articles are freely accessible for a period of 8 weeks.
Photochemical & Photobiological Sciences - (2002-present).
It is a subscription-based hybrid journal, but all its papers since Vol. 1 are free to read at present.
The period of free access is not specified.
Springer: Colloid and Polymer Science journal:
Latest Editor's Choice papers,
Invited Articles of the 49th General Meeting of the German Colloid Society (2019) on the topic "Complex Fluids".
Springer: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry (ABC) .
ABC Highlights and Papers in Forefront - free access to the most recent contributions for a period of 8 weeks.
Springer: Analytical Challenges in Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry (ABC).
Analytical Challenges is a series of puzzles to entertain and challenge the readers of Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry. A new scientific puzzle is published in the journal every three months. Readers can access the complete collection of published problems with the solutions.
The mutarotation challenge is the current puzzle. Check out the Challenge, send an email with the solution by July 1, 2022 and get the opportunity to win a prize (a Springer book of your choice up to a value of €100 — given to one winner selected randomly).
RSC announces three new gold OA journals:
EES Catalysis - research on energy and environmental catalysis in all subject areas like chemistry, materials science and engineering.
RSC Sustainability - research from all subject areas that are dedicated to solving sustainability challenges for a better, greener future.
Sustainable Food Technology - research on food engineering and technologies including food preservation methods, shelf life and the creation of greener packaging.
The journals will be open for submissions in summer 2022.
The publisher will pay for all article processing charges (APCs) until mid-2025.
RSC: free content in Soft Matter.
Professor Guruswamy Kumaraswamy has been appointed as an Associate Editor for Soft Matter.
Professor Kumaraswamy’s Soft Matter articles and Professor Kumaraswamy’s favourite Soft Matter articles are free to read until 15 July 2022.
RSC: free content in Materials Horizons and Nanoscale Horizons:
Themed collection Horizons Community Board Collection: Antimicrobial materials and surface.
The period of free access is not specified.
New journals in the Frontiers journals family:
Frontiers in Membrane Science and Technology,
Frontiers in Metals and Alloys,
Frontiers in Soft Matter.
Follow links to the Frontiers journals in our Directory: ABC-Chemistry - F.
Free content in Metallurgical and Materials Transactions B:
Metallurgical and Materials Transactions 50th Anniversary Collection,
Most Downloaded Articles of 2021,
Editor's Choice Articles.
Free content in Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A:
Metallurgical and Materials Transactions 50th Anniversary Collection (free access except for one paper),
Most Downloaded Articles of 2021,
Editor's Choice Articles (2012-2022).
Free access to Editor's Choice Articles in ASM International (American Society for Metals) journals:
Journal of Materials Engineering and Performance (JMEP) - (2013-2021),
Journal of Failure Analysis and Prevention (JFAP) - (2015-2021),
Journal of Phase Equilibria and Diffusion (JPED) - (2015-2021),
Journal of Thermal Spray Technology - (2013-2021),
Metallography, Microstructure and Analysis - (2015-2021),
Shape Memory and Superelasticity - (2016-2021).
Journal of Materials Engineering and Performance (JMEP) - temporary free access to Volume 31, issue 3, March 2022.
The Publications Division of the American Chemical Society (ACS) announces the launch of two new journals this spring:
Applied Engineering Materials,
Applied Optical Materials.
Both new journals will begin accepting submissions on June 15 and are expected to publish the first issues in early 2023.
A couple of Open Access journals with zero article processing charges (APCs):
Environmental Science: Atmospheres - APCs are waived until mid 2023,
Water and Environmental Sustainability is funded by the Journal owner and all accepted manuscripts are published free of charge.
RSC: a new jounal is online.
The first papers of the new interdisciplinary open access journal are online: Environmental Science: Advances.
RSC: free content in JAAS.
Themed collection Community Leaders: Ramon Barne.
This is a collection of papers dedicated to Professor Ramon M. Barnes: educator, scientist, publisher, editor, innovator, conference organizer, and spectrochemist, among others. New articles will be added to this collection as they are published.
These papers will be free to read until 30th June 2022.
RSC: temporary free content in Polymer Chemistry.
The special collection on Molecularly Defined Polymers: Synthesis and Function is free to read until 14 June, 2022.
2021 Horizons Outstanding Paper Award Winners - selected papers from Materials Horizons and Nanoscale Horizons journals.
The period of free access is not specified.
Portico is one another dark archive that stores Web scholary content and makes it available for public upon a trigger event (i. e. when an item disappears from the Web).
Currently, a dozen of chemistry related journals are on the list of triggered titles.
Portico is a service for participating libraries mainly, but OA journals are openly accessible at the Portico site.
Open Material Sciences (2014-2019) and Organic Photonics and Photovoltaics (2013-2019) are examples of triggered content at Portico.
Note that mobile devices may download only first pages of articles, and there is no problem with access to full-text PDFs if one uses a desktop.
In April, Wiley has expanded its partnership with CLOCKSS, so it is a good occasion to remind how CLOCKSS works.
CLOCKSS is a digital preservation dark archive for scholarly content currently housing 48.5 million journal articles, over 34,000 serial and 360,000 book titles. CLOCKSS’s content is hosted on 12 servers around the world, at leading academic libraries, with robust infrastructure and security. In case of a destructive event in one location the 11 other locations serve as mirror sites to back-up and repair the disrupted location’s archive.
CLOCKSS ensures the long-term survival of digital scholarly content for future generations of researchers. The content is resilient to threats from potential technological, economic, environmental and political failures.
Digital content is stored in the CLOCKSS archive with no user access unless a “trigger” event occurs. If content that is held in the Archive disappears (or is about to disappear) from the Web, CLOCKSS “triggers” it for Open Access.
Here is an example of a triggered journal: Organic Chemistry Insights.
CAS Common Chemistry is a primary reference database of reliable CAS Registry Numbers (CAS RNs), especially valuable for for those users who have no access to CAS REGISTRY or CAS SciFinder.
Not long ago its dataset was expanded from 8000 to 500,000 chemical substances.
Each record includes a chemical name, chemical synonyms, identifiers (InChI, InChIKey, SMILES), chemical structure image, and basic substance properties, where available.
SSRN's Research Networks (we mentioned them last week) have rather interesting sections named First Look.
First Look is a partnership between SSRN and some of the journals to provide rapid, early, and open access to evolving scholarly research. When a journal has a First Look they are providing a service to submitting authors who want to share a preprint version of their papers. With one click during the submission process to the journal, authors choose to post a preprint version of their paper on SSRN where it is curated and disseminated through SSRN's established and expansive research communities.
The First Look participant in Chemistry Research Network - ChemRN is Ultrasonics Sonochemistry.
The First Look participants in Materials Science Research Network - MatSciRN are Acta Materialia, Inc. journals - Acta Materialia, Acta Biomaterialia, Scripta Materialia, Materialia.
Discover Journals is a new Springer's collection of fully open access journals committed to providing all authors a streamlined submission process, rapid review and publication, and a high level of author service at every stage.
The series will consist of up to 40 new titles covering hot topics from across the full range of applied science, physical, life, medical and social disciplines.
Follow links to the first Chemistry related journals in our Directory: ABC-Chemistry - D.
IUPAC Published Recommendations.
IUPAC Recommendations are the output of IUPAC Projects or other studies on nomenclature, symbols, terminology, or conventions, and their purpose is to recommend unambiguous, uniform, and consistent nomenclature and terminology for specific scientific fields, usually presented as: glossaries of terms for specific chemical disciplines; definitions of terms relating to a group of properties; nomenclature of chemical compounds and their classes; terminology, symbols, and units in a specific field; classifications and uses of terms in a specific field; and conventions and standards of practice for presenting data in a specific field.
Also Provisional Recommendations: Under Review by the Public and Under Review by the Author(s).
PCCP Cover Gallery 2022 - another batch of outstanding articles from the journal Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics.
Free registration may be required for the free access.
IUPAC Solubility Data Series -
Volumes 1-65 (1979-1996) are free to access.
Mutual solubilities and liquid-liquid equilibria of binary, ternary and quaternary systems are presented. Typical solvents and solutes include water, sea water, heavy water, inorganic compounds, and a variety of organic compounds such as hydrocarbons, halogenated hydrocarbons, alcohols, acids, esters and nitrogen compounds.
SSRN is an Elsevier platform for the dissemination of early-stage research. SSRN is composed of specialized research networks in more than 65 disciplines.
The Chemistry Research Network - ChemRN and the Materials Science Research Network - MatSciRN are open access preprint servers that provide the opportunity to share different outputs of research such as preliminary or exploratory investigations, book chapters, PhD dissertations, course and teaching materials, presentations, and posters.
Individual authors, publishers and institutions may upload documents to SSRN.
All individual authors can upload their papers to SSRN for free. All papers uploaded by individual authors are available for download free of charge.
Publishers and institutions may charge users for downloading papers they post.
Two recent papers announce two starts in the creation of public databases of chemical reactions.
Call for a Public Open Database of All Chemical Reactions,
The Open Reaction Database.
Worth reading (and joining).
The articles are free to read.
Where is Open Access Publishing Heading? - Wiley's concise and clear explanation of what Open Access is.
A reminder: Crystallography Journals Online provide free access to the full texts of certain types of article (CIF Applications, Prefaces, Editorials, Letters to the Editor, Book and Software Reviews, Crystallographers, Notes and News, Addenda and Errata, and New Commercial Products), and to supplementary material (CIFs, structure factors and other structural data).
Also, there is a full list of open-access articles.
Also: Coronaviruses (2020) - the virtual issue presents articles and abstracts on coronaviruses that have been published in IUCr journals in 2002-2020.
Also: Proceedings of the triennial congresses of the International Union of Crystallography, IUCr.
Crystallography Journals Online (continued)
Collaborative Computational Project Number 4 in Protein Crystallography was set up in 1979, and now CCP4 Study Weekend is the UKs largest Macromolecular Crystallography conference.
Acta Crystallographica Section D publishes proceedings of the CCP4 Study Weekends as special issues.
One may look up the special issues in the archive of Acta Crystallographica Section D and read articles for free. The special issues have a CCP4 mark in their names.
The change in IUCrData (the journal of the International Union of Crystallography, IUCr). There will be two primary article categories: Raw Data Letters (announced for 2022, a new section for authors to describe their unprocessed or `raw' diffraction images) and Data Reports (to describe crystal structures of inorganic, metal-organic or organic compounds.
IUCrJ launches electron crystallography section (International Union of Crystallography, IUCr).
Journal of Synchrotron Radiation has been open access since 2022.
The whole archive of the journal since Volume 1, 1994 is free to read.
Two high-impact Elsevier journals form Early Career Editorial Boards and invite early career researchers to apply for one of a number of positions on the inaugural ECEB.
Yes, "the visibility of being affiliated with a Journal in this role could boost your research career".
Composites Communications - applications will be accepted until April 30th, 2022.
Nuclear Materials & Energy - applications will be accepted until May 31st, 2022.
Open Data and Open Science: This special collection of articles and reviews from across Chemistry Europe journals tells us how open access and sharing of data will enable researchers to do better science.
:) The paradox is that 2 of 11 items of the collection are accessible on paid basis.
New addition to the J-STAGE database
Wisdom for LC and LC/MS - (2020-present) | The Division of Liquid Chromatography, Japan Society for Analytical Chemistry.
Wiley: Free access to selected articles
Editor’s Choice - selected articles just published in Chemistry Europe (an association of 16 chemical societies from 15 European countries), GDCh (German Chemical Society), and ACES (Asian Chemical Editorial Society) journals.
The list is updated continuously.
The major part of the collection is OA or Free to Read.
Downloading and printing of the Free to Read items are disabled.
The first papers of the new OA journal are online.
Polymer Crystallization - (2022-…) | Wiley, Hindawi.
Pharmaceutical Fronts: Article Processing Charge (APC) is waived for the years 2022 and 2023.
Trial access to the database in Organic Chemistry
One may sign up for a free 14-day-trial of the Science of Synthesis Electronic Edition and get access to the full-text methods and experimental procedures in the Science of Synthesis series (including up-to-date methods and special topics) and Houben-Weyl (PDFs with a text-searchable table of contents).
New addition to the database in March 2022: Electrochemistry in Organic Synthesis (approx. 510 pages).
RSC: temporary access to publications in Materials Horizons:
Themed collection Special issue in honour of Seth Marde. The collection includes additional contributions from across RSC journals from Seth’s friends and colleagues.
The duration of free access is not specified.
IOP has a journal of a new type.
IOP SciNotes is a multidisciplinary, open access journal that provides a peer-reviewed forum for researchers to publish individual units of scientific material collected during the research process. It is a forum for valuable scientific material that may not be in a format ready or appropriate for publication as a traditional full-length article. The journal welcomes submissions of the following study types: Preliminary results; Pilot studies; Negative or reproduced results and/or observations; Descriptions of a new method or protocol, etc.
De Gruyter and IUPAC grant a free access to IUPAC Standards Online Database until 31 December 2022.
IUPAC Standards Online is a database built from IUPAC’s standards and recommendations, which are extracted from the journal Pure and Applied Chemistry (PAC).
Don't forget to Log in and enter the passcode IUPACDB2022 in the "Do you have a passcode?" window.
A chance for young researchers in Nano Science to get a grant.
Nano Letters Seed Grants:
Nano Letters and ACS Publications announce the inaugural Nano Letters Seed Grants competition for the best research proposal ideas from students globally. This opportunity is only open to later-stage graduate students (e.g., third year and beyond) who will be awarded US $2,500 to carry out the proposed work.
Five leading STM publishers made a great step in cooperation.
Elsevier is conducting a joint pilot with American Chemical Society (ACS), Wiley, Taylor & Francis, and the Royal Society of Chemistry to make articles discoverable through ScienceDirect.
During the pilot, researchers will be able to search and browse 35 Organic Chemistry (and Transportation) titles from participating publishers, alongside Elsevier content on ScienceDirect.
Still actual earlier notes
Currently, the Open Access publication fee is waived for all authors in Journal of Spectral Imaging - (2010-2012, 2015-present) | IM Publications.
Elsevier launches a video OA journal.
Science Talks is a new Open Access video journal that publishes original, peer-reviewed scientific talks, tutorials and news and views from experts in the field.
Videos are accompanied by a manuscript that includes an abstract, all the figures, tables and references presented in the video as well as the video transcript.
Complimentary access to the Article Collection Impurities In Pharmaceuticals.
Free registration is required. The period of free access is not specified.
RSC: free content in Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics.
PCCP - Cover Gallery 2022 Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics (PCCP).
Free registration is required for the free access to the content.
Springer Nature: Free access to selected publications of Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry (ABC).
Papers in Forefront - exceptional papers that the Editors selected guided by peer review.
Recent contributions are freely access for a period of 8 weeks.
Springer Nature: Free access to selected publications of Journal of Failure Analysis and Prevention.
Editor's Choice Articles (2015-2020).
The period of free access is not specified.
The annonced periods of complimentary access to a number of RSC journals have ended, but the thematic collections still are free to read:
Nanoscale: Advanced Nanomaterials for Energy Conversion and Storage; Nanoscale 2022 Lunar New Year Collection; Nanoscale Most Popular 2021 Articles.
Dalton Transactions: HOT articles published between October – December 2021.
CrystEngComm: Computer Aided Solid Form Design; HOT articles published between October – December 2021.
Catalysis Science & Technology: Photocatalysis; Asymmetric catalysis; Catalysis for sustainable development.
Journal of Materials Chemistry C: Spiro compounds for electronics.
Materials Horizons: 2020 Horizons Outstanding Paper Award Winners.
Materials Horizons and Nanoscale Horizons: Horizons Community Board Collection: Solar Energy Conversion.
Journal of Materials Chemistry B: Bioinspired Surfaces Engineering for Biomaterials.
Wiley: Temporary free access to a new journal
Applied Research - (2022) | Materials Science, Chemistry/Biochemistry, Food Science, Applied Physics/Biophysics, Sensors/Biosensors, and Engineering.
All articles will be free access for at least one year after publication.
Wiley: Free access to the whole contents of the journals:
Analysis & Sensing - (2021-present) | analytical and bioanalytical chemistry and sensors research.
Electronic Journal of Theoretical Chemistry - (1996-1997).
Small Structures - (2020-present).
WIREs Forensic Science - (2019-present).
The periods of free access are not specified.
General Index: A new insrument for powerful text mining.
The General Index is a new huge database of more than 355 billion words and phrases extracted from 107 mln. scientific publications.
Each record contains metadata of the article and DOI of the primery source.
The database is free to use but its structure is rather complex. There is no search interface. Users should downlod files and develop their own search engines. In its compressed format, the database totals almost 5 terabytes, and then expands to 38 terabytes.
Read more in Nature: Giant, free index to world’s research papers released online
No charge for authors in an OA journal.
Photonic Sensors - (2011-present)
The publication costs for this Open Access journal are covered by University of Electronic Science and Technology of China so authors do not need to pay an article-processing charge.
ACS Editors’ Choice of the American Chemical Society - a reminder
Every day ACS selects one of the best articles and adds it to the ACS Editors’ Choice list. The selection is based on recommendations by the scientific editors of all ACS journals.
The best of the best ACS papers are freely available for a limited period (the duration is not specified).
Photochemical & Photobiological Sciences: two years of free access to the journal
Photochemical & Photobiological Sciences is the official journal of the European Society for Photobiology (ESP) and the European Photochemistry Association (EPA) and is now publishing with Springer.
Springer announces that all articles will be free to read for the first two years for the users who sign up for journal alerts (the subscription button is on the journal's HomePage).
The Electrochemical Society starts new Open Access journals:
ECS Sensors Plus,
The Electrochemistry Society is paying the article publication charges for all articles submitted to the journals until the end of 2022.
Authors may publish an open access paper in a prestigious journal for free - continued
SmartMat: no article publication charges for the first three publication years (2020-2022).
Complimentary access to Taylor & Francis journals
Taylor & Francis has about 170 subscription-based journals in their Physical Sciences section: Critical Reviews in Analytical Chemistry, Critical Reviews in Solid State and Materials Sciences, Crystallography Reviews, Phosphorus, Sulfur, and Silicon and the Related Elements, and many more.
The publisher grants a temporary 14-days access to the latest two volumes of the journals for registered users. Free registration is here.
One may try. Unfortunately, I didn't succeed in the procedure of getting access to full texts :(
Authors may publish an open access paper in a prestigious journal for free - continued
Royal Society of Chemistry waives Article Publishing Charges for submissions to the following OA journals until ... [see the date below]:
Environmental Science: Atmospheres - until mid-2023,
Materials Advances - until mid-2022,
RSC Chemical Biology - until mid-2022.
Authors have a good chance to publish an open access paper in a prestigious journal for free this year.
New Elsevier's OA journals waive the Article Publishing Charges for any submissions received before ... [see the date below], which are accepted for publication after peer review.
JCIS Open - before 30 June 2022,
Superconductivity - until 31st December 2022.
Green Analytical Chemistry - before 30 June 2022.
Food Chemistry Advances - before 31 August 2022.
Advances in Sample Preparation - before 30 June 2022.
eScience - before the 31st of December 2023.
Talanta Open - before 30 June 2022.
Tetrahedron Chem - before 31 August 2022.
Cleaner Chemical Engineering - before 30 September 2022.
Carbon Capture Science & Technology - before 28 June 2022.
Journal of Magnetic Resonance Open - before 31 December 2022.
The authors of these Elsevier's journals do not have any publication charges for open access:
Advanced Industrial and Engineering Polymer Research | Kingfa Scientific and Technological Co.; Elsevier B.V. on behalf of KeAi Communications.
Energetic Materials Frontiers - Institute of Chemical Materials, China Academy of Engineering Physics will pay to make the article open access.
Energy Storage and Saving - Xi'an Jiaotong University will pay to make the article open access.
Transactions of Nonferrous Metals Society of China is a subsidized open access journal.
Green Synthesis and Catalysis is a subsidized open access journal (Fudan University will pay to make the article open access).
Resources Chemicals and Materials from its first issue to tenth issue will be a subsidized open access journal (Shenyang University of Chemical Technology will pay to make the article open access).
Petroleum Science is a subsidized open access journal where China University of Petroleum (Beijing) pays for the publishing costs.
Chemistry - coronavirus - COVID-19
It is worth reminding that all leading publishers grant free access to their publications on coronavirus research.
Here are some great examples:
Elsevier's Novel Coronavirus Information Center - articles and guidelines for clinicians and patients.
Springer/Nature's Coronavirus (COVID-19) Research Highlights.
Wiley's Covid-19: Novel Coronavirus Outbreak - articles, book chapters and Special Collections.
ACS - Chemistry in Coronavirus Research: A Free to Read Collection from the American Chemical Society.
Royal Society of Chemistry's Coronavirus articles - free to access collection.