Open access publishing practice in geochemistry: overview of current state and look to the future

Olivier Pourret*, Andrew Hursthouse, Dasapta Erwin Irawan, Karen Johannesson, Haiyan Liu, Marc Poujol, Romain Tartese, Eric D. van Hullebusch, Oliver Wiche

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Open Access (OA) describes the free, unrestricted access to and re-use of research articles. Recently, a new wave of interest, debate, and practice surrounding OA publishing has emerged. In this paper, we provide a simple overview of the trends in OA practice in the broad field of geochemistry. Characteristics of the approach such as whether or not an article processing charge (APC) exists, what embargo periods or restrictions on self-archiving' policies are in place, and whether or not the sharing of preprints is permitted are described. The majority of journals have self-archiving policies that allow authors to share their peer reviewed work via green OA without charge. There is no clear relationship between journal impact and APC. The journals with the highest APC are typically those of the major commercial publishers, rather than the geochemistry community themselves. The rise in OA publishing has potential impacts on the profiles of researchers and tends to devolve costs from organizations to individuals. Until the geochemistry community makes the decision to move away from journal-based evaluation criteria, it is likely that such high costs will continue to impose financial inequities upon research community. However, geochemists could more widely choose legal self-archiving as an equitable and sustainable way to disseminate their research.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere03551
Number of pages5
Issue number3
Early online date7 Mar 2020
Publication statusPublished - 31 Mar 2020


  • Open access
  • Article processing charge
  • Green route
  • Repository
  • Environmental geochemistry
  • Earth sciences
  • Geochemistry
  • Fossil geochemistry
  • Biogeochemistry
  • Catchment geochemistry
  • Isotope geochemistry
  • Petroleum geochemistry
  • Trace element geochemistry
  • Hydrochemistry
  • Information science
  • Biogeoscience


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