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Seeking Inaugural 2023 Open Access Journals

By IGI Global on Aug 30, 2021
IGI Global is currently accepting proposals for Gold Open Access (OA) and Diamond/Platinum Open Access (OA) journals for 2023 inauguration consideration. Open access models remove subscription pricing and permission barriers and garner a larger audience; including those who could not previously access this valuable emerging research. As a result, OA publications benefit from a higher level of visibility and exposure, leading to an 89% increase in usage and citation impact.
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Benefits of Publishing Open Access with IGI Global
  • Rigorous & Expediate Publishing
  • Networking & Collaboration
  • Acceleration of Citation Impact
  • Increased Discoverability
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Benefits of Open Access Publishing
IGI Global’s open access publishing program provides a plethora of opportunities for researchers and academicians of all backgrounds and regions to publish content openly in the highest quality and swiftest manner possible. Because the content is published under Creative Commons Licensing authors are able to share their published content freely among the research community. Their published work can be accessed without any paywall barriers (a benefit especially to those who would not be able to afford the content otherwise). IGI Global hopes to encourage the free spread of knowledge and emerging academic works through this inclusive model.
IGI Global offers unique services to those looking to launch an inaugural Gold OA or Diamond/Platinum OA journal, transfer an existing OA journal to be published under IGI Global, or convert an existing subscription-based journal to OA status.
Benefits of Publishing with IGI Global include:
  • IGI Global has more than 30 years of experience in academic publishing.
  • IGI Global is a full-service publishing house with 100% in-house publishing services and no outsourcing of services.
  • IGI Global works in close collaboration with experts from leading institutions including Harvard University, Stanford University, University of Cambridge, and more.
  • IGI Global is a full member of the international Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), which provides exclusive membership benefits to IGI Global Editors-in-Chiefs, authors, and reviewers.
  • Free use of the eEditorial Discovery® submission system to manage the journal and the double-blind peer
    review process.
  • Discounted IGI Global Author Services offered to manuscript authors for professional English language copy editing, scientific and scholarly editing services, translation services, and more. With the opportunity to have the amount spent reduced from open access APC fees.
  • Third-party software (e.g. plagiarism checks).
  • Expedited publishing without sacrificing quality or ethics.
  • Editorial support which includes manuscript tracking, communications, submission guideline checks, and communications with authors and reviewers.
  • Promotional support and activities which include metadata distribution, promotional communications, web content, ads, fliers, brochures, postcards, etc. for the journal and its published contents.
  • Online hosting of published contents on our own InfoSci® Platform and electronic distribution through
    international partners.
  • Submission of the journal’s content to numerous abstracts, directories, and indexes including the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), Web of Science, and Scopus.
  • OA compliance management.
  • Integration with OA discoverability services and initiatives.
  • Support from a dedicated OA-focused team.
  • Upkeep of journal policy records including ISSNs and Sherpa
    Romeo records.
  • Integration with ORCID.
  • Verification of reviews through Publons.
  • Long-term preservation and archival through CLOCKSS and LOCKSS.
  • Ability to fund the journal through IGI Global’s Transformative Read
    and Publish Model
  • Printed contents available through IGI Global at year-end at a deeply discounted rate.
  • Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) licensing arrangement, allowing the copyright for the work to remain solely with the author(s) of the article and the article will be freely accessible to all immediately upon publication.
Gold and Diamond/Platinum: Key Differences
The primary difference between Gold OA and Diamond/Platinum OA journals is that Diamond/Platinum OA journals have previously secured OA funding from a funding body or multiple funding bodies that work to offset the open access Article Processing Charge (APC) for the authors, whereas Gold OA journals do not have secured OA funding and as such would have an APC fee requested of the authors if their work is accepted following the double-blind peer review.
For journals that begin as Gold OA, IGI Global offers Editor(s)-in-Chief the option to upgrade their Gold OA journal to Diamond/Platinum status through the OA Fee Waiver (Read and Publish) Initiative, which provides an additional source of OA funding to institutions that invest in IGI Global’s e-Collections.
Submitting Your OA Journal Proposal
Whether you are looking to launch a completely new Gold OA or Diamond/Platinum OA journal or looking to transfer an existing journal to IGI Global, we invite you to submit a proposal based on the following criteria, which will be closely examined by our review panel before formalizing a decision:
  • New or existing journals should either already be partnered with an OA funding body (association, organization, institution, etc.) that can support with offsetting the Article Processing Charges (APCs) for authors OR be prepared to consider OA funding options after the journal has been firmly established.
  • Editor(s)-in-Chief (EiCs) should have a doctoral degree and have prior experience serving on editorial review boards and/or guest editing special issues.
  • EiCs should have well-established academic and professional networks that can be utilized to continuously garner submissions for the journal as well as ensure diversity of authorship.
  • EiCs should possess excellent time management skills and are expected to meet all editorial deadlines consistently.
  • A list of 30 potential editorial review board members should be prepared that showcases regional diversity and well-rounded expertise of the topic.
  • New journals should cover broad topics that have little to no coverage in the existing journal market.
  • Journals being considered for transfer should not be held under any formal publication agreements/contracts with
    other publishers
If interested in publishing an open access journal with IGI Global, prospective Editor(s)-in-Chief or leaders of existing journals are invited to submit a new OA journal proposal form (for wholly new journals) or a transfer of existing journal form (if looking to transfer the journal from another publisher). If interested in submitting an article to an existing IGI Global journal, please find relevant journals on our Call for Papers page.
About IGI Global

Founded in 1988, IGI Global, an international academic publisher, is committed to producing the highest quality research (as an active full member of the Committee on Publication Ethics “COPE”) and ensuring the timely dissemination of innovative research findings through an expeditious and technologically advanced publishing process. Through their commitment to supporting the research community ahead of profitability, and taking a chance on virtually untapped topic coverage, IGI Global has been able to collaborate with over 100,000+ researchers from some of the most prominent research institutions around the world to publish the most emerging, peer-reviewed research across 350+ topics in 11 subject areas including business, computer science, education, engineering, social sciences, and more. To learn more about IGI Global, click here.

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