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Grading the top clinical genetics journals for open access

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Here are the top 10 clinical genetics journals for 2011,  according to SCImago Journal Rank for today, limited to journals with at least 100 articles over the last three years:

  1. SCImago Journal RankingNature Genetics is the highest ranked journal by a wide margin.  In a reputation strong position, Nature Publishing Group (NPG) does not offer optional gold open access to authors of articles in Nature Genetics, as is done for some other NPG journals. NPG does offer publisher processing for NIH-funded articles bound for PubMed Central.  Authors do not assign copyright for NPG articles, though they also grant NPG an exclusive license to publish. NPG also offers guidance and support for author self-archiving after a 6-month embargo.  Stevan Harnad took them to task for their resistance to immediate self-archiving and self-labeling their efforts as “liberal.”  I would give them an Openbiomed open access grade of  C.
  2. PLoS Genetics, published by the Public Library of Science (PLoS), offers the a gold open access business model which funds the enterprise with an author fee.  For PLoS Genetics, the current publication fee is US$2250. Authors who are affiliated with one of our Institutional Members are eligible for a discount on this fee. PLoS applies the Creative Commons Attribution License (CCAL) to articles, and authors retain ownership of the copyright.  Articles are automatically eligible for immediate self-archiving. An Openbiomed open access grade of  A is well-deserved.
  3. Nature Reviews Neuroscience also comes from the NPG, part of the Nature Reviews family.  According to this page, In 2009 NPG rebranded the Nature Clinical Practice journals into Nature Reviews, for eight clinical specialties. For authors, no particular open access enhancement in comparison to Nature Genetics. The Openbiomed open access grade of  C also applies.
  4. Circulation: Cardiovascular Genetics is published by the American Heart Association and is representative of journal literature publishing the results of translational science that seeks to move laboratory discoveries aggressively into clinical practice. All AHA journals use the same author copyright transfer agreement, which causes the author to give away control and publication rights,with the one exception that  the author may post an accepted version of an article in a non-profit funders web archive and/or an author’s institutional repository, no earlier than 6 months after publication.  Nothing said about a personal web site. The Openbiomed open access grade is  C- .
  5. Molecular Biology and Evolution (MBE) is published by Oxford University Press under the umbrella of Oxford Journals.MBE is one of the more than 100 journals that offer the Oxford Open option for a publication charge of £1700/$3000/€2550.  Authors from developing countries receive a significant publication charge discount. Post-Print version of articles can be placed on personal websites, your institution’s website and in institutional or subject-based repositories such as PubMed Central, as long as a 12 month embargo is respected. Authors do not assign copyright, though they also grant OUP an exclusive license to publish. The Openbiomed open access grade is  B .
  6. DNA Repair is a subscription journal from Elsevier. Optional sponsored open access is available for this  journal. Only 2 articles in 2010 from this journal were sponsored open access. The charge for the sponsored option is us$3,000 plus tax where applicable.  Elsevier is fully green, which may be a reason why the number of sponsored articles is so low. Elsevier is also a full partner in Research4life, (as is OUP) and most of their article  reach developing nations that way.  The Openbiomed open access grade is  B+.
  7. The Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases(OJRD) is an open access journal on the Biomed Central(BMC) open access platform. An article processing charge of £950/US$1500/€1145 is required, though an institutional membership in BMC can provide a discount. Authors retain the copyright to their work, licensing it under the Creative Commons Attribution License which allows articles to be re-used and re-distributed without restriction,provided the original work is correctly cited. BioMed Central is owned by Springer Science+ Business Media. With a APC fee substantially below PL0S, this journal rates an Openbiomed open access grade of  A+.
  8. BMC Medical Genomics is another open access, peer-reviewed journal on the Biomed Central platform. Blessed with all the open access attributes of BMC, with an APC of £1230/$1945/€1485.  Being a little more than OJRD without a clear compelling reason, his journal rates an Openbiomed open access grade of  A.
  9. The American Journal of Medical Genetics Part C: Seminars in Medical Genetics is a subscription journal from Wiley-Liss, a imprint of Wiley-Blackwell.  Wiley-Blackwell offers a hybrid OnlineOpen access option for over 500 journals, including this one. The OnlineOpen APC fee is fixed at US$3000 for most journals.  Wiley-Blackwell expects to receive either a signed Copyright Transfer Agreement  or an Exclusive License Form before publication; in most cases this is the copyright transfer. Only OnlineOpen submission get explicit permission to post the  final PDF of the contribution on a personal website or in a personal repository. For non-open articles, only a pre-print copy is allowed in a personal website or repository. The Openbiomed open access grade is  B.
  10. Evolution, the International Journal of Organic Evolution, is a subscription journal from Blackwell, acquired by Wiley.  The open access opportunities and constraints are similar to  The American Journal of Medical Genetics Part C: Seminars in Medical Genetics  , including the OnlineOpen option. Same open access grade: B .

Only 3 journals rated a C or less, and there were a few A‘s and several B‘s.   A guess I am an easy grader.


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