The Semantic Web Journal is Going for Gold

IOS Press is pleased to announce that Semantic Web journal (iospress.nl/journal/semantic-web) will be switching (or “flipping” in industry terms) to become a fully Open Access journal.

Since its launch in 2009 the Semantic Web journal has been a firm supporter of so called Green Open Access (OA). For SWJ that means that all journal issues are published in accepted manuscript format on the semantic-web-journal.net site and available to anyone, for free. The official published version of the issues are available only to licensed users at IOS Press’ publishing platform (content.iospress.com/journals/semantic-web).

Some articles are also available also in OA through IOS Press, as authors could opt-in to publish with full OA. In this case authors are asked to cover an Article Processing Charge (APC) to cover the cost of publication. The costs involved in publishing SWJ are thus partly covered by income from user licenses and partly from APCs, meaning SWJ is currently a hybrid between a licensed journal and an OA journal. This model has made it possible for the articles to reach a wide readership while not introducing financial barriers to authors wishing to publish in SWJ. However, in recent years there has been a call to action from an increasing number of funding agencies asking for a transition to full or Gold OA. Today many funding agencies will cover the associated APCs on behalf of authors as part of the research grant. IOS Press and SWJ have now decided to answer this call and switch to a single publishing model that is fully Open Access.

All authors submitting a paper to SWJ after January 1, 2020 will have their article published with full, gold, OA. The journal asks contribution to publishing costs in the form of an APC of EUR 500 or US$ 550 per accepted article. Full fee waivers of the APC are available to authors from developing countries. Authors who have submitted a paper before November 1, 2019 and have their article accepted after that date may also opt in to have their article published with OA at the introductory pricing.

Other than the manner in which the articles are disseminated (without any access barriers) and how the costs of publication are covered, the switch to full open access has no effect on how the journal operates.

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