Online open-access publishing
All articles published in Copernicus Publications' open-access journals, as well as any corresponding material such as RSS feeds, bibliographic metadata XML files, or supplementary files, are accessible online and free of charge to everyone worldwide. Anyone may share (copy and redistribute in any medium or format) and adapt (remix, transform, and build upon) the work as long as the original author is given appropriate credit, a link to the licence is provided, and possible changes are indicated. This corresponds to the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.
Online open-access publishing with Copernicus Publications offers many more advantages. Our sense of responsibility to the authors is expressed in our personal and professional commitment to giving their work both the high visibility and significance it deserves. The spectrum of services we offer to enhance our customer's experience includes:
- Image processing, typesetting, language copy-editing for English, and author proofreading: authors may submit their manuscripts in LaTeX or *.doc(x) format, which we typeset in LaTeX and convert into full-text XML. All images are professionally processed. The text undergoes a thorough language copy-editing by native speakers trained in linguistics and the sciences. Afterwards, the article is sent to the author for proofreading and corrections may be iterated until the author approves the publication. The publication production process is handled by one typesetter and one copy editor per article in order to offer the author the most personalized and transparent support and service possible.
- Immediate publication: we structure the topical journals in volumes and issues. Nevertheless, each article will immediately be uploaded to the online libraries, together with its individual publication date, to guarantee swift publication. Our publication formats include full-text PDF, HTML, and XML.
- Article alert service: everyone is invited to subscribe to the article alert service free of charge. That means the scientific community will be informed about any new article of interest immediately upon publication of the respective paper.
- Archiving and indexing: the bibliographic metadata of each newly published article is distributed to various scientific databases, search engines, indices, and archives worldwide to increase the visibility. Our long-term preservation is guaranteed by Portico and CLOCKSS.
- Virtual special issues (SI): we publish each SI paper as such, and as a regular paper in a standard issue. This avoids potential delays due to different submission dates within one SI. We ensure the SI papers are linked to their respective SI, together with an preface and its individual table of contents. Inter-journal SIs are often applied to inter- or transdisciplinary topics.
- Article level metrics (ALM): all papers provide a metrics tab where ALMs such as views by individuals, citations in other publications, savings in bibliographic tools, and discussions in blogs and social media are summarized.
- Moderate article processing charges (APCs): our open-access journals (mostly) run on an author-payment model. We prefer APCs based on the number of pages and the quality of the raw data. In this way, authors can directly influence the price of the publication.
- Financial support for authors: we cooperate with various partners in order to offer authors the opportunity to subsidize or even waive APCs.