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What's new in open access to chemistry journals (and chemical information)

June notes

Temporary access to the RSC journals:
*** Biomaterials Science. Professor Zhang’s Biomaterials Sciencearticles and Professor Zhang’s favourite recent Biomaterials Science articles are free to read until 31 July 2023. Free registration is required.
*** CrystEngComm. Editor’s Collection: The application of quantum crystallography to solid-state pharmaceuticals. The period of free access is not specified.
*** Journal of Materials Chemistry A, Journal of Materials Chemistry C and Chemical Communications. Cross journal themed collection on Photofunctional Materials and Transformations. Free to access until 20th July 2023.
*** Anniversary issues of Journal of Materials Chemistry A, Journal of Materials Chemistry B, and Journal of Materials Chemistry C are free to read until 4th August 2023.
*** Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics (PCCP). The themed issue Stability and properties of new-generation metal and metal-oxide clusters down to subnanometer scale is free to access until the end of September 2023.
*** Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics (PCCP). The themed collection Festschrift Wolfgang E. Ernst: Electronic & Nuclear Dynamics in Molecules, Clusters, and on Surfaces is free to access until the beginning of September 2023.

May notes

News from Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) journals.
*** Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics (PCCP) announces that the themed issue Recent Advances in Modelling Core-Electron Spectroscopy is free to access until the end of July 2023.
*** Materials Horizons and Nanoscale Horizons are looking for engaged and interested early career researchers who would like to join the journals Community Boards. The deadline for submission of nominations is 19th July 2023.
*** New RSC gold open access journals RSC Applied Interfaces and RSC Applied Polymers are open for submissions. The journals cover all article processing charges until mid-2025, so one can publish for free.
*** A new RSC gold open access journal RSC Mechanochemistry will be open for submissions in August or later. The journal will cover all article processing charges until mid-2026.

April notes

Artificial intelligence is coming! Editors of ACS journals take into account the new challenges in publishing.
Worth reading:

AI in Publishing: The Ghost Writer in the Machine.
"AI-driven tools such as ChatGPT are disrupting many fields and could fundamentally alter the scientific publishing landscape—but how do we address these machines who are attempting to rewrite the rules?"

Gianluca Grimaldi and Bruno Ehrler. AI et al.: Machines Are About to Change Scientific Publishing Forever. ACS Energy Lett. 2023, 8, 1, 878–880. Publication Date:January 4, 2023.

Jillian M. Buriak et al. Best Practices for Using AI When Writing Scientific Manuscripts. ACS Nano 2023, 17, 5, 4091–4093. Publication Date: February 27, 2023.
Editors of ACS journals discuss Strengths of the ChatGPT Language Bot, Concerns Regarding the ChatGPT Language Bot and present recommendations for the use of AI language bots for scientific communication.

Two more worthy virtual issues from the American Chemical Society:
Mastering the Art of Scientific Publication: Part I and Part II.
These Virtual Issues highlight recent editorials published in ACS journals (ACS Catalysis, ACS Energy Letters, ACS Nano, ACS Nanoscience Au, Chem. Materials, Journal of Physical Chemistry C, and Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters) to provide important tips for composing a well-balanced scientific article.

March notes

Temporary free access to the Themed collections of RSC journals:
CrystEngComm: Editor’s Collection: Engineering Zeolitic Imidazolate Framework-8-based materials - the period of free access is not specified,
Nanoscale: CO2 capture and conversion - free to access until the end of March 2023,
Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics (PCCP): Ions, electrons, coincidences and dynamics: Festschrift for John H.D. Eland - free to access until the end of June 2023,
Soft Matter: Soft matter aspects of cancer - free to read until 31 March 2023.

RSC: Sensors & Diagnostics is a new gold OA journal.
The publisher covers all article processing charges until mid-2024, so authors can publish for free.

Temporary free access to the Themed collection of the Springer journal:
Journal of Phase Equilibria and Diffusion - Volume 43, issue 6, December 2022, Special Issue in Memory of John E. Morral.

Wiley welcomes submissions to the new OA journals (article publication charges are currently waived):
ChemistryEurope - all areas of chemistry; it is the flagship journal of the association of 16 chemical societies from 15 European countries, Chemistry Europe.
Electron - topics in energy and environmental materials, which provide comprehensive implications for achieving our sustainable living.
Responsive Materials - science and technology of functional materials that exhibit elegant responses to various stimuli.
Smart Molecules - intelligent design of molecular based systems.

Starting January 2023 these Wiley journals become Open Access:
ChemElectroChem, Macromolecular Materials.

Elsevier starts new OA journals in 2023:
Artificial Intelligence Chemistry - all areas of chemistry where artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning approaches are used. No Article Publishing Charge for all authors who submit their article by 31 July 2023.
Next Materials. No Article Publishing Charge for all authors who submit their article by 31 October 2023.
Next Nanotechnology. No Article Publishing Charge for all authors who submit their article by 31 October 2023.
Tetrahedron Green Chem. No Article Publishing Charge for all authors who submit their article by 30 June 2023.

From January 2023 Chinese Journal of Analytical Chemistry becomes an open access journal.

February notes

Temporary free access to the Themed collections of RSC journals:
Biomaterials Science Lunar New Year 2023 - the most popular articles published in Biomaterials Science in 2022 by corresponding authors based in countries celebrating the Lunar New Year - until March, 2 2023.
Biomaterials Science Most Popular 2022 - the most cited, most downloaded and most shared articles published in Biomaterials Science during 2022 - until 28 February 2023.
Biomaterials Science Recent HOT Articles - recent Biomaterials Science articles highlighted as HOT by the handling editor or referees - until 28 February 2023.
CrystEngComm HOT articles - until 20 February 2023.
Dalton Transactions HOT Articles - until 20 February 2023.
New Perspectives on Molecular Simulation of Chemistry and Physics in External Electric Fields in Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics (PCCP) - until mid-May 2023.
Polymer Chemistry Most Popular 2022 - until 28 February 2023.
Polymer Chemistry Recent HOT Articles - until 28 February 2023.

The Royal Society of Chemistry launches two new interdisciplinary and gold open access journals: RSC Applied Polymers and RSC Applied Interfaces.
Both journals will be open for submissions in Spring 2023, and all article processing charges (APCs) for both journals will be waived through mid-2025.

January notes

RSC: The first papers of the new OA journals RSC Sustainability and Sustainable Food Technology are online.

De Gruyter and IUPAC extend a free access to IUPAC Standards Online Database until 31 December 2023.

December 2022: 10 Most Read papers from ACS journals.
The period of free access is not specified.


Still actual earlier notes

Some publishers grant a temporary or lengthy complimentary access to selected issues or to selected papers of their journals.
Follow the next links to the pages with this kind of information (sorted by Publisher):
American Chemical Society (ACS)
International Union of Crystallography (IUCr)
Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC)
Springer Nature
Taylor and Francis

Leading journals that waive Article Processing Charges for submissions of Open Access papers.

The International Society of Electrochemistry
Books of Abstracts of Annual and Topical Meetings of The International Society of Electrochemistry (ISE) - (2006-2020) : new developments in electrochemical science and technology in areas such as new materials, microfabrication, sensor technology, electronics, energy storage and conversion, and environmental technologies.

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.

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.

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.

The Electrochemical Society.
ECSarXiv is a free preprint service for electrochemistry and solid state science and technology.
ECSarXiv is operated by The Electrochemical Society (ECS).

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

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.

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