FAQs for open access mirror journals
What is an open access mirror journal?Show answer
A newly launched gold open access journal as a mirror to the original journal, sharing the same aims and scope, editorial team, submission system and rigorous peer review.
Where will papers in the open access mirror journal be visible for potential readers?Show answer
Papers published in the open access mirror journal will be published on ScienceDirect and benefit from the same level of visibility and discoverability only available on this industry-leading platform. In addition, these papers will be indexed by Google/Google Scholar.
Does the open access mirror journal have a Journal Impact Factor or CiteScore and in which abstracting and indexing services is it included?Show answer
As these are new journals, they do not have a Journal Impact Factor or CiteScore yet. Elsevier will apply for their inclusion in the Science Citation Index / Social Sciences Citation Index, Scopus, PMC/MEDLINE, DOAJ, and other relevant indexation lists, as appropriate to the subject area of the journal.
Open access mirror journals of which the original journal is already indexed in MEDLINE, will get into PMC without any additional review. The same applies for open access mirror journals of which the original journal is currently indexed by Scopus; the open access mirror journal will be covered. There is no current time frame for when the mirror journal will be accepted. However, once the journal is accepted, all published articles will be indexed retrospectively.
Will papers be handled in the same way?Show answer
Yes, from the editorial system that is used, to the rigorous peer-review process, to the quality of requirements, papers for both journals will be handled in the same way. Submissions to both journals will be made via the same Elsevier Editorial System (EES) platform. Your journal choice is blinded to editors and reviewers, ensuring the editorial process is identical. At submission stage, you’ll have the option to indicate your journal choice. Just before acceptance of your paper, you can make your final decision whether to publish in the original journal or the open access mirror journal.
Is Elsevier launching mirror journals because hybrid journal double dip?Show answer
Elsevier does not double dip. The launch of open access mirror journals ensures that this is even more transparent. Both journals will have their own ISSN with unique content. The open access mirror journal is freely available to all in perpetuity. The subscription journal is accessible to subscribers of the journal.
Why are you launching these open access mirror journals?Show answer
As part of our continuing commitment to open access, and desire to provide high-quality options for authors to publish their work open access, we are taking steps to meet the needs of authors and readers in the changing research landscape. Therefore, Elsevier will be piloting a range of gold open access mirror journals, starting in 2018.
Where do I find the Article Publishing Charge (APC)?Show answer
You can find the APC for all original research papers and review articles on the Journal open access information page, which can be accessed via the Journal homepage on Elsevier.com.
The APC is payable after your paper is accepted for publication in the journal. If your work is published it will be published under a Creative Commons licence and freely available for anyone to access and read via ScienceDirect. Conditions on the reuse of your work will depend on the licence under which you choose to publish.
Will you waive the APC if I can't pay, but still want to publish open access?Show answer
If you would like your article to be published under a gold open access model, but cannot afford the APC, then individual waiver requests are considered on a case-by-case basis and may be granted in cases of genuine need. Priority for this waiver program will be given to applications by authors from countries eligible for the Research4Life program.
Can I change my mind about the access model after the article has been published?Show answer
There are two types of original journals to the open access mirror journal: subscription and hybrid journals. At submission stage, you’ll have the option to indicate your journal choice. Just before acceptance of your paper, you can make your final decision whether to publish in the original journal or the open access mirror journal. If the original journal is a hybrid journal, then it is possible to change the access model of the article from subscription to open access before 31st January of the following year. If the original journal is a subscription journal, then once the Editor has accepted the article following your confirmation, it is no longer possible to change the access model you have chosen because the subscription journal does not have the open access option. You might have submitted your article when the original journal was a hybrid title. If that is the case, to ensure that we continue to offer you all the options that were available to you at submission, you can still publish open access in the original journal.