I have a paper with colour diagrams that I wouldn't like to convert to grayscale for publication. I think colour greatly helps to understand some complicated patterns. I know most journals accept colour pictures upon payment, but I'm not willing to pay for letting others publish my own work and get benefit out of it. Forum Mathematicum is a nice journal which publishes colour pictures for free, but I recently published a paper there and wouldn't like to repeat. Do you know of any other nice options? The paper is on algebraic topology bordering with quantum algebra.

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    In all journals I know, the restriction to grayscale (or extra costs for colour) is only for the printed version – which hardly anybody reads anymore. In the digitial versions, all graphics are coloured as long as they have been submitted as such. – Wrzlprmft Mar 4 '14 at 23:10
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    Let me say that -- although in general I certainly do believe that most contemporary journals practice highway robbery of one form or another -- I do in fact believe that printing things in colo(u)r is more expensive. Someone needs to absorb this extra cost; if not the author then it must be (right?) the readers. I don't blame you for not wanting to pay for it yourself, but framing it as you versus the journal strikes me as not necessarily being accurate. – Pete L. Clark Mar 4 '14 at 23:39
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    You can try with "A full colour version of Figure~1 is available online on arXiv.org in the e-print version of this paper [37]." I've gotten away with a similar sentence on a Springer journal. – Federico Poloni Mar 5 '14 at 7:45
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    Do you insist on a journal that has a print version? There are certainly electronic journals where this would not arise. – Nate Eldredge May 1 '14 at 0:23
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    Regardless of how the paper is published, I think it's best to ensure it is possible to understand the pictures in greyscale. There will always be people viewing it that way - on paper or ebook reader, or because they are colour blind. I know of a paper that has a statement of the form 'when viewed in greyscale, colour X appears darker than colour Y'. – Jessica B Jul 26 '14 at 20:13

I would recommend you to publish on arXiv.org (http://arxiv.org). It's a very solid online publication outlet, free, open access and especially popular in mathematics and other hard science disciplines. Liberal guidelines with no mentioning of restrictions in terms of color.

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    Isn't arXiv a preprint archive? OP is looking for a journal, online or printed publishing. – enthu Sep 15 '14 at 11:50
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    @EnthusiasticStudent: I wouldn't call arXiv.org a "preprint archive", even if it's considered as one by most people. Firstly, because nowadays the line between traditional publishing and self-publishing is blurring rapidly. Secondly, because one might decide to publish own work on arXiv and not anywhere else after that. In this case, the term "preprint" doesn't apply, in my opinion. – Aleksandr Blekh Sep 15 '14 at 12:49
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    People might choose to publish only on arXiv, but they will rarely be considered serious researchers by the rest of the community. – Tobias Kildetoft Sep 15 '14 at 16:29
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    I said rarely, not never. Perelman is not the norm, and if most people did things that way they would never get any career. – Tobias Kildetoft Sep 15 '14 at 18:28
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    Whether it's a preprint service or not isn't really relevant; it's definitely not a journal, and that's what the question asks for. – ff524 Sep 16 '14 at 9:28

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