Nordic Journal Hosting Possibilities

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Nordic journal hosting and OA publishers: an overview


This overview of Nordic journal hosts is part of the NordBib funded project “Aiding Scientific Journals Towards Open Access Publishing” (NOAP). A questionnaire was sent by email to identified hosts in the spring of 2009. The aim of the overview is two-fold. Firstly, to help journals to find hosting solutions and secondly to be a source of inspiration to new journal hosts or publishers. The Internet, together with journal software developments has made it comparatively easy and cheap to publish a new journal and make it available world wide. For many small journal operators (or would-be operators), running (the technical side of installing, updating…) an editorial support system (and even some of the other practical matters that go with producing a journal) is not as easy or desired. In these cases there are a number of third parties that offer services which can take care of the technical issues, marketing, indexing etc.

Our ambition is that when new hosts appear or there will be changes in what the existing hosts offer this web site will be updated and this will stay a live and current resource.

Open Access

All hosts/publishers except Museum Tusculanum Press are publishing Open Access Journals. If they only publish OA this will be stated in the field “Inclusion criteria”.


The 13 hosts/publishers are classified into one of three groups.

Publishing houses

“Publishing houses” are independent publishers that give a more or less full range of services and support to their journals. The ones´ included here are either publishing open access or hybrid solutions already or moving in that direction.

University presses

“University presses” are services with a clear connection to a university. A marked trend in these hosting services is that university libraries are taking in the task of providing hosting services, in most cases only for journals that have some kind of affiliation with staff at the university. Of the nine university hosts in this survey all, with the exception of Linköping University Electronic Press which started in 1996, were established in 2005 or later.

Scientific and scholarly societies

Finally we have two services connected to “Scientific and scholarly societies” .

Each service has a column in the following tables, where we have tried to systemize the replies that we received. The services are sorted by geographical limitations. First a table with short definitions of the fields used (link to)

Field definitions
Host name The name of the service, or the institution running it
Contact information Name(s) and e-mail address of contact persons
URL URL pointing to the service
Inclusion criteria If a journal must live up to some specific criteria to be able to use the service. E.g. be affiliated to a specific university or be Open Access, etc.
Pricing Is there any cost for the journal for using the service
Local technical development If a journal wants new functionalities or features, can this be taken care of by the service itself?
Contracts journal/publisher Is there a formal, legal contract between the journal and the service regulating terms and conditions?
Support multimedia publications Is it possible to add audio or video files to an article?
Tech. support Keeping the software up and running, upgrading software and running a back-up system.
Long-term archiving Are there routines to secure long-time availability to the publications?
Proof-reading Which of these services can the publisher/host offer? – indicates that the service is not offered.
Layout editing
Parallel print ed.
Print on demand
Subscription management
Publication fee management
Copyright clearance
Database indexing

No geographical limitations
Host name Museum Tusculanum Press (MTP) Co-Action Publishing MedicalJournals. se Linköping University Electronic Press
Contact information Marianne Alenius / Niels Stern / Lena Wistrand Agneta Andersson David Lawrence
Inclusion criteria Only peer-reviewed journals. Subject areas: Humanities, Theology and Social Sciences Only peer-reviewed journals. Subject areas: Medicine & Health, Social Sciences, Arts & Humanities, Agriculture & Environment n/a See#
Pricing See * n/a n/a Free
Local technical development Yes Yes Yes Yes