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Introducing Open Access may not believe it, but its true!

March 26, 2015 - 22:22 -- Bart G.J. Knols

The MalariaWorld Journal, now in its 6th volume, is the first truly Open Access journal with a focus on malaria. Where you don't pay to publish (authors) and you don't pay for access (readers). If you publish in the Malaria Journal, don't think its for free. You may not pay directly yourself, but your institutional library pays large sums of money for you to publish in that journal. True, they do give out waivers to developing country scientists, but at the end of the day it is all about money. And impact factors...

You may wonder how we run the MalariaWorld Journal. Well, we took off without any funding in 2010, but managed to get funding from the Dutch Scientific Organisation that wanted to stimulate Open Acces publishing. We got funding to cover the costs of the editorial work and final make-up of the papers. Basically there are only three people today that run the entire journal: Frederik Seelig, who manages the initial submissions, seeks reviewers and interacts with them. My own role is the final check and make-up of the article once it has been accepted, and Monika Bongers takes care of the final make-up before the paper goes online.

The big plus we have is that the MalariaWorld platform has 8600 members to date. This means that every accepted paper in the journal is directly highlighted to all subscribers worldwide in the 'Last week at MalariaWorld' section. What better exposure than to be on top of this list in the Friday newsletter that goes out by email.

Today we got formally accepted in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), which is great. We are also working with PubMed to get the articles listed there. I know that many of you are keen to hear about our impact factor (which we do not have yet), so in the meantime we suggest that you focus on the impact vector (Anopheles gambiae for instance).

Our articles are very well read, some with more than 3000 clicks, ranking at the same level as the Malaria Journal.

But we want to make a next step. A step that you may not believe is possible, but we will start doing it.

As of today, the MalariaWorld Journal will, once your paper has been published online, start to pay authors for their work. Yes, you read it well, we will start to pay you for your published article. That's why we call it Open Access 3.0.

How can this be? Well, you have worked very hard to get funding for your research. You worked very hard to get your data, and then spent a lot of time writing up your results in a publishable format. Anyone who has gone through this process knows how hard this is! And so why then should you pay to have your work published? You should be rewarded!

So here is how we will do it. For any manuscript that will be submitted to the MalariaWorld Journal as of today and will be accepted for publication online we will pay € 150. In order for the payment to be awarded, the reviewers must indicate that they recommend payment.

We feel that hard work deserves to be rewarded and will therefore pay you for your published article in the MalariaWorld Journal. Welcome to Open Access 3.0!


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Submitted by Bart G.J. Knols on

At present a grant from the Dutch Scientific Organisation covers all the costs. In future we will enroll the corporate sector to do the same.

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Today, Science magazine featured an article about our move towards Open Access 3.0. You can read it here: