Open Access Journal in Coastal Engineering

Most of the journals in my field — Coastal Engineering — supports open access. Among them, Coastal Engineering is a journal from Elsevier, which is “a world-leading provider of information solutions that enhance the performance of science, health, and technology professionals”. It is easy to confuse this journal with another one named Coastal Engineering Journal from World Scientific. But they are not the same. The Elsevier one has a higher impact factor.

Coastal Engineering is an international journal for coastal engineers and scientists. It publishes fundamental studies and case studies on almost all the  aspects of coastal, harbour and offshore engineering, combining practical applications with modern technological and scientific approaches, such as mathematical and numerical modelling, laboratory and field observations and experiments.

The journal supports open access by offering authors with several choices:

  1. The authors needs to pay a $2850 open access publication fee (excluding taxes) to make the articles freely available to both subscribers and the wider public with permitted reuse. This is also called hybrid open access or “golden” open access.
  2. Elsevier has a number of green open access options. The authors can self-archive the manuscript and enable public access from their institution’s repository after an embargo period. For Coastal Engineering, this embargo period is 24 months.

A study of random journals from the citation indices AHSCI, SCI and SSCI in 2013 claimed that 88% of the journals were closed access and 12% were open access, and very few offers open access with no additional fee. Therefore, based on the above information, I think Coastal Engineering has positioned itself in a pretty supportive way, although not perfect, in the open access movement.


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