Karger Open access

What Is Open Access?

  • Articles are accessible online for free worldwide.
  • Articles are free to share and reuse. Some restrictions apply, depending on the Creative Commons License used. The original source must always be acknowledged and linked to.
  • A fee paid by the authors or their funding body upon acceptance contributes to the cost of publishing the article.
  • Authors retain the copyright of their Open Access articles.

Gold versus Green Open Access

In line with major funding bodies worldwide Karger Publishers facilitates Open Access in the following ways:

  Gold Open Access Green Open Access
What is the difference?
  • Publications are free to read and use for everyone immediately after publication
  • Article is the version of record, i.e. the publisher’s typeset PDF
  • Open Access after an embargo period (though an embargo will not apply in all cases)
  • Open Access article is not the version of record, i.e. it could be the typeset PDF before peer review or the accepted manuscript after peer review but before production
  • Rights/reuse are limited
Who pays? Authors, their institution, funding bodies Subscribing institutions
What charges apply? Article Processing Charge (APC) (Open Access journal), Author’s ChoiceTM (Hybrid journal) No additional charges for Open Access
Which licenses, copyright, and archiving policies apply?
  • Authors retain the copyright
  • Default is the Creative Commons License CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 which allows articles to be read and shared online under the following conditions:
    Attribution – the original source must be cited (BY)
    NonCommercial – works may not be used for commercial purposes (NC)
    NoDerivatives – no adaptions of the article (e.g. translations) may be distributed (ND)
  • Special funder requirements are met by applying the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC BY 4.0) when required
  • Publisher is copyright holder
  • Preprints (i.e. pre-peer review) or postprints (i.e. accepted manuscript after peer review but before production) can be archived on the author’s personal or the institution’s internal website
  • Pre- or postprints can be made freely available in public Open Access repositories and scientific networks no earlier than 12 months (embargo period) following publication of the final version of the article
What are the options?
  • Publish in an Open Access journal
  • Publish an article Open Access in a subscription journal (Hybrid)
  • Pre- or postprints can be made freely available in public Open Access repositories and scientific networks after an embargo period
  • Authors can self-archive their manuscript

Open Access & Hybrid Journals

There are two types of journals that offer Gold Open Access:

Full Open Access journals, in which all of the articles are Gold Open Access, usually after payment of an Article Processing Charge (APC). The content is available freely online for everyone to read.

Hybrid journals are traditional subscription journals, in which some of the articles are freely available, if the author has chosen to publish Gold Open Access using Karger’s Author’s ChoiceTM service. A subscription is required to read the remaining articles.

Author’s ChoiceTM Service (Gold Open Access Option for Hybrid Journals)

Author’s ChoiceTM is a service available for all Karger subscription journals, enabling you as the author to make any article freely available (Open Access) for all readers at all times and everywhere via www.karger.com. While standard online distribution is available only to customers who pay for access, Author’s ChoiceTM enables everyone to read, download, print, and share your article.

The decision for Author’s ChoiceTM or the traditional online distribution model does not affect editorial decisions at any stage. You will be asked to inform us of your choice after the peer review and acceptance stage, when you return your proofs. All articles will be peer reviewed, copyedited, and professionally produced, and will be available both in print and online. Also, all articles, regardless of Author’s ChoiceTM status, will be registered in CrossRef and included in the respective abstracting and indexing services.

The Author’s ChoiceTM model entails a one-time publication fee of CHF 3,000.00, which is independent of any standard publication charges that may apply during the production process. This service is a permissible cost in NIH grants and many others. For articles supported by some funders with Open Access requirements, such as the Wellcome Trust, Author’s ChoiceTM is mandatory and will be reimbursed by the funding body. Many other grants cover this cost as well.

Most Author’s Choice™ articles are distributed according to the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License. Karger Publishers acts as a central point for commercial requests as well as questions about distribution of remixed, transformed, and built-upon material, in order to help protect your work from misuse. For research funded by the Wellcome Trust, Research Councils UK (RCUK), and other organizations with the same requirements, Open Access papers are published under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC BY 4.0).

Open Access Licenses

Most Karger Open Access articles are distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0). Articles can be read and shared online under the following conditions:

  • Attribution – the original source must be cited (BY)
  • NonCommercial – works may not be used for commercial purposes (NC)
  • NoDerivatives – no adaptions of the article (e.g. translations) may be distributed (ND)

The details of the license can be viewed at: www.karger.com/OA-license. Karger Publishers uses the CC BY-NC-ND License to protect the author’s work from misuse.
Some Karger Open Access articles are published under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License (CC BY-NC 4.0).

Some funding bodies, such as the Wellcome Trust, have special requirements. Karger fulfils these obligations by applying the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC BY 4.0) when required.

Any restrictions on reuse under these licenses are outlined in the following table:

Attribution Commercial use requires permission from Karger Adaptations or translations require permission from Karger
Logo Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License
CC BY-NC-ND*
x x x
Logo Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial License, 200 x 70 px
CC BY-NC
x x
Logo Creative Commons Attribution License, 200 x 70 px
CC BY
x

How to give attribution to a Karger Open Access article:

When sharing or reusing any article, attribution must be given to the original source, using the statement:

‘The final, published version of this article is available at http://www.karger.com/?doi=[insert DOI number] (e.g. http://www.karger.com/?doi=10.1159/000365070).’

Copyright Terms:

The copyright of the manuscripts is retained by the authors. Authors grant S. Karger AG, Basel, an exclusive unlimited license to publish the article under a Creative Commons License and identify S. Karger AG as the original publisher. Submission of an article for publication implies the authors’ consent to publication under the applicable Creative Commons License and the terms and conditions of the Publisher’s Licensing Agreement.

Charges: FAQ

What is an Article Processing Charge (APC)?

In contrast to subscription-based journals, whereby the reader must pay to access the content (subscription or pay-per-view fee), and to support Open Access publishing, the authors (or the authors’ funding body or institute) pay a one-time publishing fee upon acceptance of their paper. Alternatively, a sponsor may assist with the publishing costs. This fee, the Article Processing Charge (APC), supports the costs of publishing services such as submission to PubMed and other abstracting and indexing services, archiving and promoting the authors’ work.

Do any additional charges apply in addition to the Article Processing Charge (APC)?

For Open Access journals that charge an APC, color or additional page charges are waived. But there is an additional handling fee of CHF 150.00 for supplementary material if included. Importantly, publishing fees are not charged until a paper has been accepted for publication.

In the Author’s ChoiceTM model any additional standard publication charges will apply, such as for color images or additional pages. The publication fee does not replace these costs. The publication fee covers the costs of processing and publishing the article as Open Access.

What is the difference between an Article Processing Charge (APC) and an Author’s ChoiceTM publication fee?

To support Open Access publishing, the authors (or the authors’ funding body or institute) are asked to pay a one-time publishing fee (APC) on acceptance of their paper. This fee, the Article Processing Charge (APC), supports the costs of publishing and services such as submission to abstracting and indexing services, archiving, and promoting the author’s work. There are no subscription fees associated with Open Access journals.

The Author’s ChoiceTM model entails a one-time publication fee of CHF 3,000.00, which is independent of any standard publication charges that may apply during the production process. Author’s ChoiceTM is a service available for subscription Karger journals that allows the author to make an article freely available (Open Access) for all readers via www.karger.com.

How can I pay the Article Processing Charge (APC)?

The APC can be paid with credit card or invoice; please note that payment options depend on the journal.

Karger generally cannot reimburse APCs after publication. Authors seeking a refund should contact openaccess@karger.com.

How will readers know that articles are available Open Access?

Open Access articles are marked with an  icon that appears on the article itself (in the print, PDF, and HTML versions).

Funding Information

Karger Publishers is committed to help authors meet the requirements of all funding bodies. Depending on the funder’s requirements, research may be published as an Open Access article (Gold Open Access) or deposited in an Open Access repository such as PubMed Central (PMC) or an institution’s own repository (Green Open Access), or both. Authors should always include information on their grants in the Acknowledgements section of their papers. A list of supported funders per country and of Karger journals’ Open Access self-archiving options can be found below. (If your funding body is not listed, please contact us at openaccess@karger.com.) For more detailed information about Karger journals, visit http://www.karger.com/OpenAccess/OAJournals/Index.

Abstracting and Indexing

Karger Publishers Open Access journals and articles are included in many scholarly indexes. These may include:

  • Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
  • PubMed Central (PMC) | US National Library of Medicine
  • PubMed | US National Library of Medicine
  • MEDLINE | US National Library of Medicine
  • Google Scholar | Google
  • Scopus | Elsevier
  • Web of Science | Clarivate Analytics (formerly Thomson Reuters)
  • STM Source | EBSCO

Depending on subjects covered, many additional indexes may apply. Our journals are submitted for inclusion in all relevant scholarly indexes as soon as they are eligible; please note that some newer titles may not yet be included in all indexes.

Please contact us if you require more information about abstracting and indexing.