Thursday, January 31, 2013


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online print Fee required?* Copyright Notes, licence DOAJ link
Acta Linguistica Asiatica Y N N author's CC BY-SA DOAJ link
South Asia Multidisciplinary Academic Journal Y N N journal'sCC BY-NC-ND DOAJ link
Journal of Ayurveda and Holistic Medicine Y N? Rs.1500/- for Indian nationals journal's CC BY-NC-SA

History of Science in South Asia
Y Y N author's CC BY-SA DOAJ link
Asian Literature and Translation Y not yet
author's CC
Ancient Asia Y N? N? author's a CC licence is granted by the author to the publisher
Approaching Religion Y N? N?
Relegere: Studies in Religion and Reception Y Y, price to be decided N author's
Bijdragen tot de Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde Y N N
Asian Social Science Y Y $300

Studi Linguistici e Filologici Online Y N N

eJIM - eJournal of Indian Medicine Y Y, cost N

Journal of History and Social Sciences Y N N?

Annals of Ayurvedic Medicine Y N N

Rivista di Studi Sudasiatici Y Y N

Himalayan Linguistics Y N N

Journal of South Asian Linguistics Y N N?

Annual of Urdu Studies Y Y, cost N
Pacific WorldJournal of the Institute of Buddhist Studies Y Y, free N? publisher
Health, Culture and Society Y N N

Open Journal of Philosophy Y N $400 + $50 per p. above 10 pp. publisher
International Journal of Jaina Studies Y Y, on demand N publisher Print copies handled by Hindi Granth Karyalay in Mumbai
Asian Ethnology olim Asian Folklore Studies Y Y N? publisher
Electronic Journal of Vedic Studies Y N N?
restricted OA policy
Transcultural Studies Y N N

And see the India-related list maintained by Scholars Without Borders (mostly science and medicine):

Saying that a journal is OA still leaves some critical questions unanswered.  E.g.,
  1. Is there a "going in" fee, or Article Processing Fee (APF)?
    Item 2 in the list above charges $300.  Several of the big houses like Elsevier and Springer will also publish your article as OA, even in an otherwise non-OA journal, if you pay them enough.  Their APF prices are typically $3000 (Springer, Elsevier).  I am not interested in including such journals in the list above, as I consider anything above $300-500 to be profiteering.  APFs of $300-500 are typical of some even very large OA publishers like Hindawi, proving that this is a valid business model. 
    Quite apart from my personal view, I do not think APF fees of $3000 meet most people's normal expectation of the meaning of an Open Access journal.  As South Asianists, we are interested in access for both readers and authors in countries where scholars are relatively poor.  As such, both Gratis OA and low or zero APFs are indexes of relevance.
  2. Copyright: being OA means that whoever owns the copyright has given permission for the article to be disseminated at zero cost.  But it doesn't say anything about who owns the copyright of the article.  Many OA journals allow the authors to retain copyright, but not all.
  3. Is the journal online-only, or both online and in print?
  4. The online version is free by definition, but the print issues would usually cost something.  What?
  5. Is the journal indexed by the main global indexing services?
  6. Is the journal peer-reviewed? Strongly or weakly?
More distinctions (e.g., Gratis OA (free of price) and Libre OA (free of price and rights restrictions)) and discussion in Wikipedia (consulted 13 Feb 2012).  The Sherpa/Romeo website helps with some of this.

I'm putting some indicators in parentheses after the journal title, for those cases where I can find out the information without correspondence.

It is often hard to find out these facts from the journals' websites.  This suggests to me that for some of the editors, the various business models of OA publishing are not always well understood.

*APF = Article Processing Fee, a fee that the publisher charges the author or the author's institution for publication in the Open Access journal.  See discussion in Wikipedia (consulted 12 Feb 2012).

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