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Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Hindawi becomes an OA-only publisher

Hindawi Publishing converted its last two TA journals to OA and is now an OA-only publisher.  From today's announcement:

"Hindawi Publishing Corporation" is pleased to announce the conversion of the last two of its subscription based journals, "EURASIP Journal on Advances in Signal Processing" and "International Journal of Mathematics and Mathematical Sciences," to open access....

"We didn't have a firm time frame for completing our OA transition when we started this process in late 2004," said Ahmed Hindawi, co-founder and CEO of Hindawi. "However, we are pleased to have completed the process in a bit over two years. Now that we have the legacy publishing model behind us, it is time to fully concentrate on aggressively growing our OA publishing program."

Hindawi publishes 64 open access journals covering several areas in Engineering, Life Sciences, Mathematics, and Physical Sciences. Hindawi is currently the only open access publisher with such a diversified OA journal collection.

Comment.  This is a milestone in OA publishing.  Hindawi now joins the ranks of other OA-only publishers, like PLoS and BMC.  On the basis of its first-hand experience with subscription-based and OA publishing, it not only chose OA, but chose it for its entire line.  Finally, it is not determined to lose money; on the contrary, it's is a for-profit OA publisher and already profitable.