Friday, February 29, 2008

Open Access Journals - Beilstein Journal of Organic Chemistry

It's amazing how unpredictable life is. Only four months after I started my job in biotech I'm heading back to academia. Not that there was anything wrong with the job but I've been given an opportunity to return to Denmark (which always has been the long term plan) so I'm going with the flow. I recently had a post on open access journals and was moaning a fair bit about how we don't have any decent chemistry open access journals yet. Well I was wrong. A colleague alerted my attention to Beilstein Journal of Organic Chemistry (BJOC). This is the best attempt I've seen yet. They are publishing a reasonable number of papers, the quality of the material is good, the journal gets indexed by all the important organisations and it is absolutely free. The impact factor is still low (ISI WoK: 0.35) but this should improve with time. So check it out.
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The past year I've been involved in setting two labs up and whilst searching for information on equipment etc. I've been quite pleased with the Google adds people have on their web sites. I found a fair bit of the stuff I needed this way so I've decided to give it a go here at Curly Arrow. So sometime in the very near future adds will start appearing on Curly Arrow that should be useful to people interested in purchasing lab equipment. D!

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Do all epen-access journals charge to submit manuscripts though?

A few of the Acta journals I know of do, is BJO the same? If so I can see that being a big turn off for authors

Egon Willighagen said...

I've been using Google Adsense for quite some time now, but it has not really payed off yet, so to say :) I'd say you need at least some 250+ hits every day, to be useful. In 2.5 years I've reached about half of the first payment... So, by the time I do get payed out, the dollar is so cheap to the euro that I no longer care about getting the first 100$ :)

Daniel Sejer said...

Yes Acta Cryst. E charges about 176 US$ for one paper. However, as far as I can tell BJOC is asolutely free. D!

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h said...

BJOC is a good open assess journal, in this papers have good quality with additional information. But, they should give their impact factor accordingly year in about journal. I am feeling it is equal to JOC