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All journals are listed by the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) and Pubmed Central (PMC). DOAJ ensures high quality standards for journals; individual journals have to apply at DOAJ and are checked against a list of quality criteria. PMC stores the full-text version of open access articles and increases the visibility of research in that way. Only journals that are assigned to the DOAJ subject categories ‘Medicine’ or ‘Biology’ and that have English or German as full-text language are included.

Link to Open Access Journal positive list

The list contains the following columns:

  • Journal title
  • the publicly available SCImago Journal Rank + quartiles (with respect to the corresponding Scopus subject categories)
  • the article processing charges (APCs) and currency (as mentioned in DOAJ)
  • APCs converted to EUR and a column checking if the APC is below 2000€ (relevant threshold for most open access funding, e.g. by the DFG)*
  • average number of weeks between submission and publication (also from DOAJ)
  • subject categories 1/2: the most specific subject categories given by DOAJ
  • Journal license: most open access journals are licensed under one of the creative commons licenses (more information)
  • further Journal information: Journal URL, Publisher, pISSN, eISSN

*Due to either outdated APC information, variations in the currency exchange rates or due to differences in taxing for journals from different countries this information might be inaccurate. Before deciding on a journal, please check the journal costs yourself (using the APC info link provided in the next column).

Please note

This `Open Access Journal positive list` is only a first information source for finding a suitable open access journal and is by no means an exhaustive list of all valid open access journals. For a more complete list please consider the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ). We do not check the quality of the listed journals ourselves, but incorporate journals listed in the DOAJ, which undertakes a quality assessment of the journals.

Publication Guidelines

Please take note of the Publication Guidelines of the BIH.



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