Thursday, April 16, 2009

Open Access Journals in Paleontology

As part of a larger upcoming post (by the weekend, I hope), I am compiling a list of open access journals that regularly publish articles in paleontology. So far, the journals have been selected using the following criteria:

1) The journal must regularly publish articles on the topic of paleontology (a single article every two years is not sufficient).
2) Entire issues must be open access, not just selected articles.
3) The journal must be active, with at least one issue in 2008 (exceptions may be made for irregular museum publications that are not intended to be released on a set schedule).
4) The journal may have either immediate or delayed open access (a year is the cut-off point).

Here's what I have so far. . .any suggestions for additions or corrections? At this point, I am not making statements one way or another on the quality of the journals. . .just assembling a list!

Acta Palaeontologica Polonica
American Journal of Science
American Museum Novitates
Biology Letters
Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History
Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoology
Coloquios de Paleontología
Contributions from the Museum of Paleontology
Contributions in Science from the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
Estudios Geológicos
Geologica Acta
Joannea - Geologie und Paläontologie
Journal of Paleontological Techniques
Memoir of the Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum
Natura Nascosta
Palaeontologia Electronica
Paläontologische Zeitschrift
PLoS Biology
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Proceedings of the Royal Society B
Revue de Paléobiologie
Smithsonian Contributions to Paleobiology
The Open Paleontology Journal
Vertebrata PalAsiatica


220mya said...

Make sure to add Palaeodiversity, the recent reboot of Stuttgarter Beiträge zur Naturkunde Serie B. It is available at

Mike Taylor said...

Synergy strikes! See our similar list, just published at SV-POW!:

220mya said...

This might already be on the SV-POW list, but PalArch is definitely one to add. It is at:

220mya said...

Another one: Fieldiana Geology, available at

220mya said...

Sorry to keep posting comments, but a more up-to-date link for Geodiversitas is this:

Manuel Hdez Fdez said...

Coloquios de Paleontología:

Estudios Geológicos:

Andy said...

Thank you all for your links - they have been most helpful! I have compiled an updated list (drawing to some extent from the very helpful list posted at SV-POW! As you will see in the next post, there is a nefarious purpose behind all of this. ;-)

Mike Taylor said...

Andy, I don't think Proc. B is open access -- at least, I can't get the new basal tyrannosauroid paper from

Andy said...

I've also included journals which have delayed open access, which is what Proceedings B does - after 1 year, their papers are available. When I do the rankings, these journals will be ranked separately.

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