Open Access Journal Policies: A Systematic Analysis of Radiology Journals

Anand Narayan, Katie Lobner, Jan Fritz

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Objective: The open access movement has pushed for greater access to scientific knowledge by expanding access to scientific journal articles. There is limited information about the extent to which open access policies have been adopted by radiology journals. We performed a systematic analysis to ascertain the proportion of radiology journals with open access options. Materials and Methods: A search was performed with the assistance of a clinical informationist. Full and mixed English-language diagnostic and interventional radiology Web of Science journals (impact factors > 1.0) were included. Nuclear medicine, radiation oncology, physics, and solicitation-only journals were excluded. Primary outcome was open access option (yes or no) with additional outcomes including presence or absence of embargo, complete or partial copyright transfer, publication fees, and self-archiving policies. Secondary outcomes included journal citations, journal impact factors, immediacy, Eigenfactor, and article influence scores. Independent double readings were performed with differences resolved by consensus, supplemented by contacting editorial staff at each journal. Results: In all, 125 journals were identified; review yielded 49 journals (39%, mean impact factor of 2.61). Thirty-six of the journals had open access options (73.4%), and four journals were exclusively open access (8.2%). Twelve-month embargoes were most commonly cited (90.6%) with 28.6% of journals stating that they did not require a complete transfer of copyright. Prices for open access options ranged from $750 to $4,000 (median $3,000). No statistically significant differences were found in journal impact measures comparing journals with open access options to journals without open access options. Conclusions: Diagnostic and interventional radiology journals have widely adopted open access options with a few radiology journals being exclusively open access.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)237-242
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of the American College of Radiology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2018


  • Open access
  • archiving
  • copyright
  • journal policies

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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