Open Access Journal Positive List

Contains biomedical open access journals that are listed on the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) and Pubmed Central.

Please note that 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.

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Authors: Bernard, René (Concept); Liebenau, Lisa (Concept); Riedel, Nico (Concept, Technical implementation)
This ‘Open Access Journal Positive List’ comprises international biomedical open access journals that obey certain quality standards. 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. The freely available SCImago Journal Rank (SJR) measures the journal impact, similar to the Journal Impact Factor. The SJR quartiles indicate how the SJR of a journal compares to other journals for the same subject category. Journals in the first quartile (Q1) are among those with the highest SJR in their respective subject category. The Qartiles are given with respect to the corresponding Scopus subject categories, while the subject categories used for this table are taken from DOAJ. The 2000€ APC threshold is a relevant threshold for some funders (e.g. the DFG), as they do not fund articles above this sum. Due to either outdated APC information, variations in the currency exchange rates or due to differences in taxing for journals from different countries the information if an APC lies below 2000 EUR might be inaccurate. Before deciding on a journal, please check the journal costs yourself (using the APC info link provided in the next column). Some of the publishers have agreed on special terms with the Charité library such that the journals of these publishers have discounts on their fees. In many cases the APCs stay below the 2000€ threshold or have further discounts even if they were already below the 2000 EUR threshold (denoted as 'yes, library special terms'). In some cases a dicount applies but the costs still stay above 2000€ (denoted as 'no, but library discount applies'). For further information see