The open-access journal in geosciences I chose is Biogeosciences. I’ve read a few papers from this journal but never really realized it’s open access till I did my research for this blogpost. I guess for students in an R1 university in United States like Virginia Tech, it does not really matter if a journal is open access or not – we are privileged enough to have subscription to it from the library. However, there was this one time I tried to access a really old paper from SEPM (Society for Sedimentary Geology), and Virginia Tech surprisingly did not have access to it. I could be charged for something like $25 but I discovered SciHub. Then I started to realize it would be hard for people at universities without enough journal subscription to access papers, and probably people from underdeveloped countries as well.
Biogeosciences is based in Europe and founded by the European Geosciences Union. It accepts articles about the interactions between physical, chemical and biological processes on earth and other planets within different spheres. In its objective, Biogeosciences emphasizes an interdisciplinary view.
There is not a particular page on the Biogeosciences website that talks about open access in particular. However, on the About page, it does talk about a two-stage publication process, and in the first stage, “a rapid access review” and papers are “immediately published” after this review on the website. I’m not particularly sure if it is a common thing for open-access journals, but this emphasis on its website and rapid publication seems like a theme in terms of open publication. There is also a flat rate towards article processing charges, which is 77 euros for LaTex submissions and 93 euros for Word submissions. As far as I know, for traditional journals, they tend to charge per page and per figure, while open-access journals tend to have a flat rate per article.