Open Access Policy

GAIA - Ecological Perspectives for Science and Society and oekom are happy to support open access, the practice of providing unrestricted access to peer-reviewed scientific and scholarly information.

Green Open Access

GAIA follows the Green Road to Open Access.

  • Authors can archive the Author Accepted Manuscript (AAM) and/or Version of Record (VoR) for free public use on personal or institutional websites and/or in any open access institutional repository immediately after publication.
  • No embargo period.
  • Authors retain copyright: All articles are published under the terms of a Creative Commons Attribution license CC BY 4.0.
  • We strongly encourage researchers to self-archive their articles in a repository. Information on repositories can be found >here.
  • This policy is fully compliant with Plan S (repository route).

GAIA Hybrid Option

Additionally, we offer GAIA Hybrid Option: With this option authors can publish their articles with full open access via our full text content provider IngentaConnect against a basic charge.

Pricing for GAIA Hybrid Option

Our services include organization of the review and publishing process, copyediting, layout and graphics. GAIA articles are abstracted and indexed in various scientific databases (including Web of Science; Current Contents/Social and Behavioral Science; Science Citation Index Expanded; Social Science Citation Index; Cambridge Scientific Abstracts (CSA), CAB Abstracts, EBSCO and Scopus) and our editors attend relevant conferences and meetings to market our journal and thus the publications of our authors. Further costs are involved in the process of printing, distribution and hosting. To maintain our high standards of quality while covering our costs we offer GAIA Hybrid Option per published article as follows:

  • Forum section: 400 EUR (VAT not included)
  • Research section: 850 EUR (VAT not included)

A summary of GAIA'’s open access policy is also provided on Sherpa Romeo

Preprint / Postprint and Self-Archiving Policies

Authors are encouraged to share their research (preprint and postprint) as well as to submit their published articles to institutional repositories. Preprints are all versions of an article that were written before peer review. Postprints are all versions after going through the peer review process. Depending on the article version, the following article-sharing and self-archiving policies apply:

Preprints and Submitted Version: Authors can share their submitted version anywhere at any time. If accepted for publication, the published scource must be acknowledged and the submitted version must be linked to the formal publication via its Digital Object Identifier (DOI). Submitted versions should not be added to or enhanced in any way in order to appear more like, or to substitute for, the final versions of articles.

Postprints - Accepted Version (Author Accepted Manuscript, AAM): Authors can share their accepted version at any repository and the author’s homepage at any time. After publication, the published scource must be acknowledged and the accepted version must be linked to the formal publication via its Digital Object Identifier (DOI). Accepted versions should not be added to or enhanced in any way in order to appear more like, or to substitute for, the final versions of articles.

Postprints - Published Version (Version of Record, VoR): Authors are encouraged to submit their published articles to institutional repositories. The published source must be acknowledged with citation and must link to the published article with DOI.