Open Access week, plaNext and a list of OA journals

ATTENTION: THIS POST WILL NOT BE ACTUALIZED ANY FURTHER, I HAVE MOVED THE LIST HERE (21.10.2016).

Many already know that this is the Open Access week. All around the world, events have been organised to spread knowledge and awareness about the importance of OA scholarship. Debate and events can be also tracked on twitter, with #OAweek.

The YA network and its Coordination Team have been, during the last couple of years, working hard to make their part in the transition toward OA. This blog is one achivement, of course.

Let me use this space, thus, to remind that we have just launched plaNext, our journal, fully OA (no Article Processing Charge, APC, for the time being). We created this journal as a platform for new ideas to spread, a place where early-career scholars can test themselves in peer-review in a constructive, but rigorous, process. The first issue, Cities that Talk, stems from the 2014 YA conference in Gothenburg and was edited by Jeffrey Hou and Feras Hammami. While the inPlanning platform is still on development (and the final journal website will follow soon), it is possible to read and download the issue at this link. Edit December 2015. The issues of the journal are available on the inPlanning platform, at this link.

I sincerely believe that the transition towards OA is thriving and I’d like to share a list of OA journals, all reputable, high-quality journals (no predatory OA!), of relevance for scholars in the fields of planning, geography and urban studies. Most of these journals are managed by university departments, public institutions, or international networks of researchers. An important feature of OA journals spreading around is that a lot of them publish in more than one language – I believe that it is a contradiction the construction of an international publishing environment around one single language (and one of the skills for the future of scholarship will hopefully be the knowledge of more than one language).

I also believe that the future of OA cannot be the so-called “gold” OA (in which authors pay APCs for publishing). This for several reasons, especially the divide among scholars with or without funds and the paradox of having to pay to share the results of our work. For such reason, all the journals below are fully OA, that is,no APC applies.

The list is been updated, all suggestions will be included. (SB means that I got to know the article through Simon Batterbury’s list)

Multi-lingual journals

English-only journals

Journals in other international languages

(Simone Tulumello)

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About Simone Tulumello

Post-doc researcher in Planning and Geography at ULisboa, Institute of Social Sciences. Keen in cities, politics, photography and electronic music. Lover of cities, especially Palermo and Lisbon, in a complicated relationship with Memphis TN.
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5 Responses to Open Access week, plaNext and a list of OA journals

  1. thanks. my list is growing too. I edit the Journal of Political Ecology which is in 3 languages and free (at least I exploit my own labour)

  2. Pingback: List of OA journals in my field – geography, political ecology, social science | simonbatterbury.wordpress.com

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  4. Reblogged this on AESOP Young Academics and commented:

    The list of OA journals I compiled a year ago has been growing in the meanwhile. Feel free to suggest other journals (fully OA, no APC) in the comments section.

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