The Journal Browser provides a list of more than 30,000 journals. It can be consulted by authors who wish to select a journal for publishing their manuscript Open Access. The information in this list is aggregated from several sources on a regular basis:
A list of journals for which the Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU) has made deals with publishers, to make articles Open Access. Under these deals, corresponding authors of Dutch universities can publish their articles Open Access in the participating journals with discounts on the article processing charges (APCs).
A list of journals covered by the Journal Citation Reports.
A list of journals covered by Scopus.
Journals indexed in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ).
Lists of journals for which specific Dutch universities have made deals with publishers, to make articles Open Access. Under these deals, corresponding authors of these universities can publish their articles Open Access in the participating journals with discounts on the article processing charges (APCs). Depending on the university from which the Journal Browser is consulted, this information is shown.
Additional data on citations made to journals, in articles published by staff from a specific Dutch university, that are made available by that university. Depending on the university from which the Journal Browser is consulted, this information is shown.
In the Journal Browser, a search box can be used to look up journals on certain subjects. The terms entered in this box are used to search the journal titles and other metadata (e.g. keywords).
After having selected journals by subject, it is possible to apply additional filters. These concern no/full costs and discounts for Open Access publishing, support on Open Access publishing in journals, and the quartile to which the journal’s impact factor belongs.
When one selects a journal in the Journal Browser, the following information may be presented:
General information about the selected journal such as title and ISSNs, together with a link to the journal’s website.
APC discount that holds for the selected journal if it is part of an Open Access deal.
Impact measures for the selected journal from Journal Citation Reports or Scopus. The impact measures that are shown may vary, depending on the university from which the Journal Browser is consulted. For some universities, the number of citations made to the selected journal (in articles published by staff from that university) is also shown.
Information from Sherpa/Romeo on the conditions under which articles from the selected journal may be made available via Green Open Access.
A listing of articles recently published in the selected journal.
For some universities, information is available on what journals have been co-cited most frequently together with the selected journal (in articles published by staff from these universities). When available, this information is presented under ‘similar journals’.
Impact (Scopus CiteScore):is the number of citations received by a journal in one year to documents published in the three previous years, divided by the number of documents indexed in Scopus published in those same three years..
The impact factor and the CiteScore are not normalized for a subject field and therefore give a raw indication of the average number of citations a publication published in the journal will likely receive.
SNIP: Source-Normalized Impact per Paper measures contextual citation impact by weighting citations in Scopus based on the total number of citations in a subject field. The impact of a single citation is given higher value in subject areas where citations are less likely, and vice versa.
SJR: SCImago Journal Rank is a measure of scientific influence of scholarly journals that accounts for both the number of citations received by a journal in Scopus and the importance or prestige of the journals where such citations come from. With SCImago Journal Rank, the subject field, quality and reputation of the journal have a direct effect on the value of a citation.
Some journals do not charge for Open Access publishing, while other journals do. To support researchers in publishing their research Open Access, deals have been negotiated with various publishers. Depending on the deal, the corresponding author may get a certain discount on the Article Processing Charges (APCs), which are the costs of publishing an article Open Access.
To make use of an Open Access deal when publishing an article, the corresponding author of the article must be affiliated with a Dutch university, that makes use of the deal, at the moment of acceptance of the article. Moreover, the author must actively arrange the use of a deal; discounts are not applied automatically. See the journal detail page or contact your library for more information.
Some journals make their complete contents available to readers at no costs. These journals are also known as full Open Access (Gold) journals. For other journals, only part of the articles are freely available to readers. These journals are known as hybrid Open Access journals. In the case of hybrid journals, authors can choose Open Access Publishing once their article has been accepted for publication. Open Access Publishing may involve costs, often referred to as Article Processing Charges.
A Gold Open Access journal makes its complete contents available to readers at no costs. This is also known as a full Open Access journal.
The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) provides a selected list of Gold Open Access journals. Open Access journals are selected for this list based upon several criteria (All content is Open Access, peer review system, running title, etc.).
Based upon Impact Factors, the Journal Citation Reports provide rankings of journals in subject categories. A journal is placed in one (or more) of relevant subject categories.
Each journal with an Impact Factor can be placed in a quartile Q1 to Q4 according to the position it has in the Impact Factor distribution of the subject category it belongs to. Q1 represents the top 25%, Q2 the top 50% to top 25%, Q3 the top 75% to top 50% and Q4 the bottom 25% of the Impact Factor distribution for journals per subject category. In case a journal has multiple quartile scores (because it belongs to multiple subject categories), all scores (including the subject categories for which they have been determined) are presented.
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