WikiJournal User Group/Comparison to other journals

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Throughout history, scholarly journals have been published. Subscription has been required for access to copyrighted journals. Alternatively, an article can be purchased, one must be an enrolled a college or university student to access an article, or a user can search for free open-access journals, which have existed long before WikiJournal. Publishers of open-access journals have required charges for authors to publish their own works. Like many subscription-based journals, the peer review processes for most of those journals have been nontransparent. Publishing articles into WikiJournal, on the contrary, requires no charge. Moreover, at WikiJournal, comments by peer reviewers will be made publicly available once an article is either submitted or accepted; peer reviewers can be either anonymous or non-anonymous. Authors must consider whether licenses that WikiJournal accepts and/or transparency of comments by peer reviewers suit their needs and wishes before choosing WikiJournal for free publication. If licenses and/or transparency do not, then other non-Wikimedia journals may be more appropriate choices for them.

Comparison to open-access journals[edit]

Note: The table may not list all publishers and journals due to the length and size of the website and various monitors.
Open-access journals that do not use "noncommercial" and "no derivatives" license types
Journals /
Creative Commons
Attribution(CC BY)[1]
Other acceptable licenses[1] Publication fees Transparency of peer reviews
WikiJournal By default
  • CC BY-SA[2]
  • CC Zero
  • GFDL[3]
  • No charges Public peer review (either throughout process, or upon article acceptance)

    Either anonymous or non-anonymous reviewers

    F1000 Research Mandated CC Zero (only data) APC: US$150–1000[4] Public peer review (either throughout process, or upon article acceptance)

    Names and affiliations of reviewers are revealed.

    SciPost Mandated None No charges Reviews are public for accepted articles. Reviewers choose to be anonymous or not.
    PeerJ Mandated None Article Processing Charges (APC): US$900–1100

    Membership: US$400–500

    Authors decide if reviews are public. Reviewers choose to be anonymous or not.
    BioMedCentral By default CC Zero (only data)[5] Varies Non-transparent, though one or a few journals conduct trial experiments on transparent peer reviews
    OMICS International Most likely mandated Probably none[6] US$300–3600[7] Non-transparent
    PLOS Mandated Probably none Varies Non-transparent
    Redfame Publishing Mandated None[8] APC: US$200–400[9] Non-transparent
    Frontiers Mandated for articles published on July 2012 and thereafter For articles published before July 2012:[10]
  • CC BY-NC
  • Publisher's own license
  • These licenses are no longer used for newer articles.

    A-type: US$950–2950
    B-type: US$700–1850
    C-type: US$450
    D-type: Free
    Non-transparent, though names of reviewers are revealed when articles are published.

    Reviewers who have withdrawn during the review process before publication shall remain anonymous.

    BioCore Mandated None High-income (countries):
  • 1st (article): US$899
  • 2nd: US$799
  • Others: US$699 each
  • Middle-income:

  • 1st: US$599
  • 2nd: US$499
  • Others: US$399 each
  • Low-income:

  • 1st and 2nd: US$299
  • Others: US$199 each
  • Apparently non-transparent
    Open-access journals that allow "noncommercial" and "no derivatives" license types
    Journals /
    Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY)[1] Other acceptable licenses[1] Publication fees Transparency of peer reviews
    Elsevier Gold only Gold and green:
    User license

    Gold only:

    Gold: US$150–5000
    Green: No charge
    with plans to introduce more openness
    Karger Gold only; additional requirements also apply for funding bodies to use the license Gold:
  • CC BY-NC-ND (default)
  • CC BY-NC
  • Green: Limited

    Gold: Varies

    Green: Subscribing institutions pay the fees; no additional charges

    SAGE Publishing Gold only Gold and SAGE Choice:
  • CC BY-NC
  • Green: Limited

    Gold: Varies

    SAGE Choice (Hybrid Open Access): US$3000 plus fees

    Green: Unknown, but possibly no charge

    American Mathematical Society Gold only Gold: CC BY-NC

    Green: Transferred to publisher unless otherwise

    APC (Gold): US$1500–2750

    Green: Free

    Membership: US$16–2940

    Wiley By default
  • CC BY-NC
  • Varies Non-transparent
    Oxford University Press Yes
  • CC BY-NC
  • £1000–£2500 plus additional fees Non-transparent
    Nature Research By default[11] Some other journals use other CC licenses, like CC BY-NC Varies Non-transparent
    De Gruyter No CC BY-NC-ND Open Access (full): €500–1500

    Open Access (Hybrid): €2000

    Additional fees also apply to both methods

    PAGEPress Publications Probably no CC BY-NC APC: Varies, though some journals do not require authors to pay the charges

    Membership: €100–600 plus applicable VAT

    Medknow Publications Probably no CC BY-NC-SA Varies, though some journals may require no fees Non-transparent
    Scientific Research Publishing Yes
  • CC BY-NC
  • CC BY-NC-SA[12]
  • US$99–1299 Non-transparent
    1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 version 4.0 International is the version of Creative Commons licenses used for more recent and current articles. Older articles may have been released under prior versions of CC licenses.
    2. uncertain whether CC BY-SA 4.0 is acceptable as it is not considered suitable for Wikipedia articles
    3. only if added with another compatible license; text content released on 15 July 2009 and thereafter under only this license cannot be imported into any project.
    4. Some discounts may apply but cannot be combined, especially for a single article.
    5. CC Zero can be used for articles if releasing the work into the public domain is required by law.
    6. several articles are concurrently licensed with CC BY and CC BY-NC. However, it may be an error; the authors and publishers were notified about this.
    7. "Omics International Article Processing Charges". Retrieved 20 March 2018. 
    8. One of the journals previously used CC BY and CC BY-NC simultaneously, but that turned out to be an error. The correct license is CC BY instead.
    9. Fees can be waived to "journal reviewers and editorial members" who perform their tasks under guidelines.[[1]
    10. An update to a licensing allowing commercial use, like CC BY or CC BY-SA, can be requested.
    11. Policies (journals) from Nature Research
    12. Some other articles use this CC BY-NC-SA, but whether the publisher still offers the CC BY-NC-SA option is uncertain

    Comparison between open-access and other journals[edit]

    Open-access journals Subscription-based journals
    Access to articles Available to public, variably either immediate or delayed Must do one of the following
  • pay subscription fees to access articles
  • sign in an account (most likely college or university) to access them
  • buy an article
  • Usage and
    licensing of
    Various journals have licenses that can allow
    one or more following uses
  • Commercial use
  • Noncommercial uses
  • Modifications
  • Derivative uses
  • Reproduction and distribution
  • Usually personal, noncommercial uses may be allowed.
    Permission is required for other uses,
    like reprinting and/or commercial uses.
    of peer reviews
    Varies; most of peer reviews at WikiJournal
    are public via either process or article acceptance

    Dubious publications[edit]

    Journals and publishers that are considered dubious are not (supposed to be) listed in this page. If a listed journal or publisher is found to be dubious, it can be either marked as dubious or removed from one of the lists above. Authors willing to publish their own works to non-Wikimedia journals should be aware of such journals and publishers and be certain how authentic they are before submitting works to them. The below links can further explain how to tell whether a journal or publisher is highly reputable.

    Content licensing[edit]

    "Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International" (CC BY 4.0) is the default license for articles in WikiJournal. Upon request, other acceptable licenses include any Wikipedia-compatible license or multi-licensing thereof. However, "noncommercial" and "no derivatives" licenses are not acceptable at Wikimedia projects.[1] If an article is to be used for only noncommercial uses and/or cannot be derived into other works, other existing non-Wikimedia journals may be more suitable for those needs. See also WikiJournal User Group/Ethics statement#Copyright and licensing.

    Articles published before 1923 are in the public domain in the United States and are more suitable for Wikisource, Wikimedia Commons,[2] Internet Archive, and other websites that can hold public domain content.

    Publication charges[edit]

    Many publishers and journals require monetary charges for authors to release their works into Open Access. This is also true for works published under CC BY or CC BY-SA. WikiJournal, on the other hand, does not; rather publishing an article into one of its journals requires no costs. However, authors must consider how their works are to be distributed and used (see #Comparison to open-access journals or #Content licensing) before choosing WikiJournal for free publication.

    Transparency of peer review[edit]

    All comments made from peer reviewers will be made publicly available, at the latest upon article submission. The identities of peer reviewers are preferably made publicly available, but they may choose to be anonymous.

    Peer review comments are generally made available publicly directly by direct wiki addition, or added as soon as possibly after reception by an editor. In some cases, the author may request that the peer review process is kept non-public. Many journals do not accept submissions that have been in the open at any time, and thereby authors may be harmed by premature disclosure of any or all of an article submission's details. Editorial board members therefore keep such works confidential by restricting discussions about such articles in email communications or at a closed group, rather than talk page entries in Wikipedia or Wikiversity.

    Why transparency, unlike other journals?[edit]

    Transparency is one of guiding principles valued and unanimously passed on 30 May 2013 as part of a resolution by the Wikimedia Foundation.


    1. For images at Wikimedia Commons, however, a non-free license may be acceptable only if a free license is added alongside it.
    2. non-US works must be also in the public domain in their respective countries of origin before uploading a file in Wikimedia Commons

    External links[edit]