Hybrid Journals

What is a Hybrid Journal?

Some traditional journals offer an option for authors to make their individual articles freely accessible to anyone worldwide, for an additional fee. Other articles in the journal remain accessible only through subscription.

The author either has to pay the fee or find an institutional source to pay the fee. The fee varies by publisher and journal title, but is commonly between $2,500 and $3,000 per article.

This option is relatively new, but a growing number of publishers began offering it in 2006.

Which publishers offer this option?

You can determine whether a particular journal or publisher offers this option in two ways:

  • Go to the Directory of Open Access Journals
    • Choose “For authors” from the menu.
    • Then select “Author pays to publish” and search for journals by title or subject.
  • Search the Romeo site by journal or publisher:
    • The option “paid access” will appear in any listing for a journal or publisher that offers article-based open access.

Examples of publishers who offer this option for all or a substantial number of their journals:

Also see the list maintained by University of California, Berkeley.

Why would I want to pay for my article to be Open Access in a Hybrid Journal?

  • Open access articles tend to be more widely read and widely cited than subscription-accessed articles.
  • This option allows an author to remain publishing in a traditional subscription-based journal, perhaps one that the author frequently publishes in, while still making his or her work available freely to the world.

Where should I go if I would like to know more?

  • Open Access guru Peter Suber has recently commented on hybrid journals.