Publishing Open Access Journals

Checklist for publishing Open Access journals for research institutions
This list of comprehensive recommendations was published by the Open Access Network Austria (OANA).

Open Access Journals Toolkit
This Toolkit helps the scholarly community start and manage open access journals. It includes six sections: Getting started, Running a journal, Indexing, Staffing, Policies, Infrastructure

Wie gründe ich eine Open Access Zeitschrift (only in German), slides & video
This presentation was given by Margit Dellatorre as part of the Lunch & Learn Open Science event series at the University Library of Zurich.

Six handouts with practical tips and perspectives on publishing open access journals (only in German)
Wrzesinski, M. (Hg.) (2023): Wissenschaftsgeleitetes Publizieren. Sechs Handreichungen mit Praxistipps und Perspektiven. CC BY 4.0

Open-Access-Zeitschriften gründen – woran muss ich denken? (only in German)
This talk was given by Xenia van Edig and Jessica Rücknagel as part of the Open Access Talk series of the project and covers the first steps to consider before starting a journal.

Informationen for Journal Editors (
On this website you can find information about concept and business plan, covering the costs, Journal affiliation, Operation the journal, Open Access conversion/founding, planning the editorial process.

Information for editors of Diamond Open Access journals (French Version)
As part of the Swiss-wide PLATO project (Platinum Open Access Funding), Daniela Hahn has compiled important information on topics including: workflows, standards for open access publications and sustainability.

Starting an Open Access Journal: a step-by-step guide part 1 & part 2
Guide by Martin Paul Eve on how to start your own Open Access journal. The Network for Open Journal Systems Services
This competence network unites OJS services at German universities and research institutions. The project "Sustainable OJS infrastructure for electronic publication of scientific journals" is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG).

Business Plan Toolkit for OA Journals
(Prepared by Sheridan Brown for SPARC Europe, January 2016, CC BY 4.0)
SPARC Europe commissioned this toolkit to help those thinking of starting an OA journal. A business plan toolkit for OA journals addresses how to describe the business venture, the market context, how to address governance and ownership, develop operational, marketing and financial plans and look at risk assessment.

Recommendations of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE)
COPE makes recommendations on ethical and qualitative standards in publishing, e.g. in the case of reviews, conflicts of interest and scientific misconduct.

Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing
Principles of transparency and best practice in scholarly publications by COPE, DOAJ, OASPA and WAME.

Libraries support Open Access journals: an analysis of requirements
(Alice Keller, o-bib 2015/4, 297-313, CC BY 4.0, only in German)
The article describes research on the publication of open access journals at the University of Zurich, Switzerland.

OJS Website (PKP)
The Public Knowledge Project is an initiative of several universities. The first version of the software Open Journal Systems was released in 2001 and is being developed further.