What is Open Access?
"Open Access is a method of sharing works of scholarship, creativity and culture that removes or reduces the barriers of cost and copyright. Using readily available digital technologies and the Internet, authors and creators can produce, publish, and provide access to their new works more directly, quickly and efficiently. Open access resources are generally free to use, and are available to be downloaded, copied, and distributed without concerns for violating copyright."
Texas A&M University Libraries. (2011). 5 Things You Can Do To Support Open Access. Retrieved May 3, 2012.
The average cost of an institutional subscription to a chemistry journal is $3,7920/year (Henderson & Bosch, 2010) and ranges from $0 (open access) to over $15,000/year. The following publications discuss journal pricing.
Bachrach, S. (2009). Chemistry publication - making a revolution. Journal of Cheminfomatics, 1(2). Retrieved on October 19, 2011.
Henderson, K., and Bosch, S. (15 April, 2010). Seeking the New Normal: Periodicals Price Survey 2010. Library Journal. Retrieved October 19, 2011.
National Academies of Science. (2004). Are Chemical Journals Too Expensive and Inaccessible?: A Workshop Summary to the Chemical Sciences Roundtable. Retrieved October 19, 2011.
RSC Gold for Gold Program
In support of open access (OA) publishing, the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) is continuing to provide a limited number of OA vouchers to organizations that subscribe to its RSC Gold journal and database package. These vouchers enable authors to publish their papers as Open Access in RSC journals without paying the normal Article Publication Fee. Texas A&M University Libraries has received 25 single-use OA voucher codes for 2014 that will be managed by the University Libraries’ Office of Scholarly Communication on a first-come, first-served basis. Texas A&M authors with a 2014 acceptance from an RSC journal simply enters a voucher code during final manuscript submission to allow your published article to be freely accessible via the publisher’s journal webpage. To request a voucher code, email acceptance of your 2013 RSC journal article to Gail Clement, Scholarly Communication Librarian. Bear in mind that RSC published a greater number of articles by Texas A&M authors in 2013 than the number of vouchers it sent for 2014. For more information about the program, including restrictions regarding publication types and other details, see Gold for Gold FAQs.
Open Access Chemistry and Related Journals
The following journals are open access and indexed in Web of Science. Additional open access journals indexed in Web of Science can be found on the Thomson Reuters' webpage. NOTE: Impact factors for the following journals can be found in Journal Citation Reports.
ACTA Crystallographica Section E - Structure Reports
Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics
Beilstein Journal of Organic Chemistry
Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry
BMC Cell Biology
BMC Molecular Biology
Bulletin of the Chemical Society of Japan
Bulletin of the Korean Chemical Society
Chemistry Central Journal
Additional open access chemistry journals are available through the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ).