List of dedicated Open Access “climate”-journals

The other day I noted that the EGU and Copernicus still don’t have a GRL-like journal. However, did I mean a high impact journal or a letter-journal. Indeed my interest was in a journal for short contributions (which however, are possible at all EGU journals obviously). I modified the tweet further by stating that I right now would like an Open Access journal for ‘poster contributions’, i.e. short potentially unspectacular manuscripts.

Still mulling over a journal for “short potentially unspectacular manuscripts”, I today wondered, which journals in our field are dedicated Open Access. Or let’s call them for simplicity’s sake: (quasi) Gold OA.

Apparently, Victor Venema thought about that exactly one year ago. So the following also relies on his blog post.

Stop: Scroll down for the TL;DR-list.

For a start there are the predatory publishers and journals (see Jeffrey Beall’s lists here and here) with numerous journals labeled OA and climate. Simple rule: if you don’t know the publisher, you don’t know the editors, you don’t know any authors, the journal has a self-calculated impact-factor, don’t send your manuscript to them.

From my point of view not far away from the predatory publishers are publishing houses like MDPI (which Beall added to his predatory list earlier this year) with its journals “Climate” and “Atmosphere”, and Hindawi. To be fair, it seems entirely possible that journals there (and maybe even at predatory publishers like SCIRP?) can become reasonable options in the future.

The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) lists 29 journals in meteorology and climatology but some are doublets and some are on Beall’s lists.

Of these I know Meteorologische Zeitschrift (publisher: Borntraeger), SOLA – Scientific Online Letters on the Atmosphere, Journal of the Meteorological Society of Japan (Meteorological Society of Japan), Tellus A, Tellus B (Co-Action Publishing), Atmospheric Measurement Techniques (and Discussions), The Cryosphere (and Discussions, Copernicus Publications), Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems (American Geophysical Union (AGU)). I don’t know: Carbon Balance and Management (BioMed Central), Tethys – Journal of Mediterranean Meteorology & Climatology (Associació Catalana de Meteorologia (ACAM)), Meteorologica (Centro Argentino de Meteorólogos), E-Journal of Severe Storms Meteorology (Electronic Journals of Meteorology), Aerul şi Apa (Cluj University Press), Revista de Climatología (Revista de Climatología), Revista Brasileira de Meteorologia (Sociedade Brasileira de Meteorologia), Atmospheric Pollution Research (Turkish National Committee for Air Pollution Research and Control), Journal of Research of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (The National Institute of Standards and Technology). And then there are those I’m skeptical about for some reason or another: Atmosphere, Climate (MDPI), Journal of Climatology, International Journal of Atmospheric Sciences, ISRN Meteorology, Advances in Meteorology (Hindawi), Atmospheric and Climate Sciences (Scientific Research Publishing), Journal of Lightning Research, Open Atmospheric Science Journal (Bentham open).

Yes, my linking or not linking is a sign of laziness (and arrogance).

Victor mentions in his post from last year additionally Időjárás – Quarterly Journal of the Hungarian Meteorological Service and Elsevier’s new journal Weather and Climate Extremes. Indeed, Elsevier lists further a journal named Climate Risk Management, and, more or less related, GeoResJ, Journal of Hydrology-Regional Studies, and Perspectives in Science.

Similary, Springer lists a multitude of SpringerOpen journals and the one or the other may be relevant. Wiley, on the other hand, has the AGU’s JAMES (as already listed by the DOAJ above), Earth’s Future and, new, Earth and Space Science. It also hosts Geo – Geography and Environment and the Royal Meteorological Society’s Geoscience Data Journal. The Royal Society’s Open Science may also become relevant.

IOP has its Environmental Research Letters and PLOS has PLOS one and slightly related PLOS Currents Disasters. Then, there is the FrontiersIn family (e.g. Marine Science, Environmental Science and the general Earth Science section). BioOne publishes (or at least hosts) Elementa – Science of the Anthropocene. Since some days ago, the Nature Publishing Group has three fully OA-journals, Scientific Data, Scientific Reports, and now OA for new submissions Nature Communications.

And then there is Copernicus.org with the following journals at least to some extent interesting for the climate-etc.-research communities

Advances in Statistical Climatology, Meteorology and Oceanography (ASCMO), its flagship Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics (ACP) & Discussions (ACPD), Atmospheric Measurement Techniques (AMT) & Discussions (AMTD), Biogeosciences (BG) & Discussions (BGD), Climate of the Past (CP) & Discussions (CPD), Earth Surface Dynamics (ESurf) & Discussions (ESurfD), Earth System Dynamics (ESD) & Discussions (ESDD), Hydrology and Earth System Sciences (HESS) & Discussions (HESSD), Ocean Science (OS) & Discussions (OSD), Proceedings of the International Association of Hydrological Sciences (PIAHS), Scientific Drilling (SD), SOIL & SOIL Discussions (SOILD), The Cryosphere (TC) & Discussions (TCD), Annales Geophysicae (ANGEO), ASTRA Proceedings (AP), Geographica Helvetica (GH), History of Geo- and Space Sciences (HGSS), Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences (NHESS) & Discussions (NHESSD), Nonlinear Processes in Geophysics (NPG) & Discussions (NPGD), Earth System Science Data (ESSD) & Discussions (ESSDD), Geoscientific Instrumentation, Methods and Data Systems (GI) & Discussions (GID), Geoscientific Model Development (GMD) & Discussions (GMDD), Journal of Sensors and Sensor Systems (JSSS), Advances in Geosciences (ADGEO), Advances in Science and Research (ASR).

Of course, there is also the opportunity to launch your own journal with Copernicus, but we have seen how that may end.

A comment at Victor’s place revealed a list of OA and closed-access journals in meteorology, and apparently the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society is nowadays also OA by default.

A list:

Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society

Tellus A
Tellus B

JAMES
Earth’s Future
Earth and Space Science.

Journal of the Meteorological Society of Japan
SOLA – Scientific Online Letters on the Atmosphere
Meteorologische Zeitschrift
Tethys – Journal of Mediterranean Meteorology & Climatology
Időjárás – Quarterly Journal of the Hungarian Meteorological Service
Geoscience Data Journal

Advances in Statistical Climatology, Meteorology and Oceanography (ASCMO)
Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics (ACP) & Discussions (ACPD)
Atmospheric Measurement Techniques (AMT) & Discussions (AMTD)
Biogeosciences (BG) & Discussions (BGD)
Climate of the Past (CP) & Discussions (CPD)
Earth Surface Dynamics (ESurf) & Discussions (ESurfD)
Earth System Dynamics (ESD) & Discussions (ESDD)
Hydrology and Earth System Sciences (HESS) & Discussions (HESSD)
Ocean Science (OS) & Discussions (OSD)
Proceedings of the International Association of Hydrological Sciences (PIAHS)
Scientific Drilling (SD)
SOIL & SOIL Discussions (SOILD)
The Cryosphere (TC) & Discussions (TCD)
Annales Geophysicae (ANGEO)
ASTRA Proceedings (AP)
Geographica Helvetica (GH)
History of Geo- and Space Sciences (HGSS)
Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences (NHESS) & Discussions (NHESSD)
Nonlinear Processes in Geophysics (NPG) & Discussions (NPGD)
Earth System Science Data (ESSD) & Discussions (ESSDD)
Geoscientific Instrumentation, Methods and Data Systems (GI) & Discussions (GID)
Geoscientific Model Development (GMD) & Discussions (GMDD)
Journal of Sensors and Sensor Systems (JSSS)
Advances in Geosciences (ADGEO)
Advances in Science and Research (ASR)
Launch your own journal with Copernicus

Frontiers In Earth Science
Frontieres In Environmental Science
Frontiers In Marine Science

Elementa – Science of the Anthropocene

Environmental Research Letters

PLOS one
PLOS Currents Disasters

Royal Society Open Science

Scientific Data
Scientific Reports
Nature Communications.

Geo – Geography and Environment

Weather and Climate Extremes

Climate Risk Management
GeoResJ
Journal of Hydrology-Regional Studies
Perspectives in Science

Carbon Balance and Management and more SpringerOpen journals

Meteorologica
E-Journal of Severe Storms Meteorology
Aerul şi Apa
Revista de Climatología
Revista Brasileira de Meteorologia
Atmospheric Pollution Research
Journal of Research of the National Institute of Standards and Technology

[Atmosphere
Climate
Journal of Climatology
International Journal of Atmospheric Sciences
ISRN Meteorology
Advances in Meteorology
Atmospheric and Climate Sciences
Journal of Lightning Research
Open Atmospheric Science Journal
and many more by the respective publishing houses?]

Still no OpenAccess “Journal of Climate Research That Lead Nowhere JoCRTLN” or “Climate negative results CNR” or “Unspectacular climate research results UCRR” or “Climate papers without a story CPWS”. (Alternatively JoESRTLN, ESNR, UESR, ESWS, where ES stands for Earth Science.)

Update 23 October 2014: Obviously there is also the arXiv – though there is no review. On the other hand, ScienceOpen tries (?) to be arXiv with post-publication peer review but also an archive of OA-papers from all (?) publications.

Update 11 November 2014: Obviously, again, I forgot Open Quaternary.

2nd update 11 November 2014: And there’s also maybe, kind of, The Winnower.

Update 19 January 2015: Maybe Peerage of Science also qualifies in some sense.

Update 20 March 2015: Apparently every publisher now wants his own open access mega journal: thus let me mention Sage Open and Springer Plus. Well, and then there’s now also Science Advances.

Update 10 September 2015: This list is less and less complete.

Update 10 September 2015: My personal least favorite publisher – because I generally do not have access – Taylor and Francis has a group of open access journals, CogentOA. CogentOA launched nearly exactly two years ago, and there is also a Geoscience journal, CogentGeo, but I am not sure since when, as there are not yet any articles available. The journal has the following sections “Atmospheric Sciences, Geoinformatics, Hydrosphere, Solid Earth Sciences, Space & Planetary Science”. Its about-page states that

it considers original research and review articles in all branches of geoscience, including but not limited to:
Atmospheric sciences (atmospheric chemistry, atmospheric physics, climatology, meteorology, paleoclimatology)
Geoinformatics (geographic information systems, global positioning systems, geodesy, cartography)
Glaciology
Hydrology
Limnology
Oceanography
Remote Sensing
Solid earth sciences (geochemistry, geodynamics, geology, geomorphology, geophysics, mineralogy, palaeontology, petrology, sedimentology, seismology, soil science, tectonics, volcanology)
Space & planetary sciences (celestial mechanics, cosmochemistry, planetary astronomy, planetary geology)

More interestingly the pricing information reads:

Cogent Geoscience operates a ‘pay what you want’ model, which means individual authors can choose exactly how much they contribute towards open access publishing based on their unique financial circumstances.

“Pay what you want” includes from my point of view “pay 0¢” though I presume CogentOA’s point of view differs

Update 10 September 2015: The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) notifies me that my above statement from last year

The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) lists 29 journals in […] meteorology and climatology but some are doublets and some are on Beall’s lists.

is outdated. The current status is:

Update 23 September 2015: I guess I should be slightly more specific about SpringerOpen journals. But only slightly. There is the journal Progress in Earth and Planetary Science which is published “in partnership with the Japan Geoscience Union”.

Update 1 October 2015: Elsevier’s megajournal is named Heliyon and publishes across all disciplines.

Update 19 July 2016: Climanosco is, apparently, a Zurich-based not-for-profit organisation. They describe themselves as “a new international online journal aimed at publishing high quality climate science articles in non-scientific language, freely accessible to everyone. Climanosco is also an innovative platform for the interaction between scientists and non-scientist citizens from around the world.” Manuscripts undergo peer-review and are published, currently and if I understand it correctly, under a CC3.0 license.

Update 9 August 2016: The Nature Publishing Group publishes a category of journals called “Nature Partner Journals”. These are an online-only, open access series of Nature Research journals, published by Springer Nature in partnership with global academic institutions, centres of excellence, philanthropic funders and membership associations. One of these is the new (?) “npj Climate and Atmospheric Science”. It is dedicated to publishing high-quality papers that focus on topics including climate dynamics, climate variability, weather and climate prediction, climate change, weather extremes, atmospheric composition including aerosols, the hydrological cycle and atmosphere-ocean interactions. The academic partner is the Center of Excellence for Climate Change Research at King Abdulaziz University: The Center of Excellence for Climate Change Research (CECCR) was established in March 2010 in King Abdulaziz University (KAU), with a mandate to carry out state-of-the-art research in the field of weather, climate and climate change. The license is CC-BY-4.0, and the publication charge is … not cheap.

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2 thoughts on “List of dedicated Open Access “climate”-journals

  1. I know one of the editors of “Tethys – Journal of Mediterranean Meteorology & Climatology” and would thus put them in the serious journal category. That you have not heard of them is probably because you would not send a good manuscript there. Maybe Tethys and Idojaras could be seen as your journal for “short potentially unspectacular manuscripts”. And they are both not only OA, but also free.

  2. I added an update because I not only forgot arXiv but also ScienceOpen. I think, testing ScienceOpen for an original manuscript could be interesting.

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