Pure gold journal


This is a proposed new standard glossary term. See this post for background on this review track. To comment on the term below either click the blue “Reply” button at the bottom or select a passage of text in the term and click the “Quote” pop-up to create a comment about that section only.

Short Definition: A scholarly journal that makes its articles immediately available online to the reader without financial, legal, or technical barriers other than those inseparable from gaining access to the internet itself.

Extended Definition:

Synonyms: open access journal, gold open access, born OA


Related Terms:

Sources: Budapest Open Access Initiative

Term Lead: Kathleen Shearer



Suggestion for text to include in the Extended Definition: A scholarly journal that is funded through alternative means than group or individual subscriptions. Many Pure gold journals - e.g. those published by PLOS, are funded by the payment of Article Processing Charges on a per article basis, paid for by authors who are typically funded by their institutions and research funders. Other Pure gold journals are funded differently through emerging publishing models - e.g. journals published by the Open Library of the Humanities are funded by an international consortium of libraries who each pay an annual fee to enable journal content hosted on the platform to be freely available.

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Suggestion for another synonym: fully open access journal.


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