De Gruyter Open converts eight titles to OA

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De Gruyter Open is converting eight subscription journals to open-access megajournals. The change, which will start with volume 2015, relates to a group of eight Central European Journals that are currently distributed under subscription model by Springer.

‘The key motivation for this change was to build strong megajournals in all STM fields,’ explained says Sven Fund, CEO of De Gruyter. ‘Our major advantage is that we build them on the basis of a group of journals that have been published for over a decade. They have rigorous peer review, high rejection rates and have earned good impact factors.’

The Central European Journals were launched twelve years ago by the Polish company Versita, which was acquired and subsequently renamed by De Gruyter. Each of the journals covers one broad discipline and has been renamed for the move to open access.

The eight journals are: Open Mathematics (formerly Central European Journal of Mathematics); Open Physics (formerly Central European Journal of Physics); Open Chemistry (formerly Central European Journal of Chemistry); Open Life Sciences (formerly Central European Journal of Biology); Open Medicine (formerly Central European Journal of Medicine); Open Geosciences (formerly Central European Journal of Geosciences); Open Engineering (formerly Central European Journal of Engineering); and Open Computer Science (formerly Central European Journal of Computer Science).

In addition, De Gruyter Open is launching new megajournals in the humanities: Open Linguistics; Open Theology; and Open Archaeology.