Publishing Options for Authors

Beware of Predatory Open Access Publishers

Open Access publishing business models sometimes involve charging publication fees to authors without providing the editorial and publishing services. If you recieve offers from publishers/journals you do not know, it is a good idea to check with your library and consult Jeffrey Beall's list of publishers and independent journals that might be predatory publishers.


Open Access Publishing Options for DESY Authors
DESY holds an institutional membership. Every article submitted by an author from DESY or Hamburg University is free to read for everyone. There is no additional article charge to be paid.

JCAP / JINST Changes in Open Access Publishing 2013: DESY does not hold an institutional membership anymore. Open Access fees will no longer be paid by the library, since they are in addition to subscription fees.
For further information please contact Martin Koehler, Tel. 1814

PMC Physics A
DESY has a prepaid membership, i.e. the article charges for several articles have been paid in advance by the DESY library. DESY authors do not need concern themselves with article charges.
More information can be found at our membership page at BioMed Central.

Physical Review STAB
This is an OA journal sponsored by several American institutes, CERN and DESY. No article charges have to be paid.

Europhysics Letters (EPL)
Experimental and theoretical letters in the PACS categories 10 and 20 are published Open Access free of charge.

European Physical Journal C - Letters + experimental papers
For the Letter and Experiment categories of EPJC the fee for Open Choice is waived.

New Journal of Physics
The publication charge of 605 euro will be paid by the DESY library.

Hindawi Publishing Corporation
Advances in High Energy Physics and
Research Letters in Physics are OA journals.
The publication charge of 500 / 400 euro will be paid by the DESY library.

Other OA journals
There are a few other OA journals some of which do not demand article charges (see also our journal web page)
Acta Physica Polonica B
Advances in Theoretical and Mathematical Physics
Brazilian Journal of Physics
Chinese Journal of Physics
Electronic Journal of Theoretical Physics
Fizika B
Jornal of Nonlinear Mathematical Physics
Journal of Physical Studies
Journal of Physics: Conference Series
Living Reviews in Relativity
Mathematical Physics Electronic Journal
Nonlinear Phenomena in Complex Systems
Progress in Physics
Turkish Journal of Physics
Uspekhi Fizicheskhikh Nauk

Other Options
Elsevier sponsors access to papers on reports from the initial experimental results from CERN’s LHC project in Nuclear Physics B & Physics Letters B.
List of publishers
  • SHERPA list of publishers giving a summary of publisher copyright policies & self-archiving.
    Subset of publishers relevant for HEP (may be outdated).

  • DOAJ Directory of Open Access Journals.
    This service covers free, full text, quality controlled scientific and scholarly journals.

  • Paid OA Publshers with paid OA options
    Some publishers grant OA for an additional fee. DESY usually does not pay such a fee, since these fees must be paid in addition to the subscription fees.

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Mis-leading Open Access myths
Take a look at BioMed Central's responds to some of the most prevalent and most misleading anti-open access arguments.