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I am in search of an algorithms journal that does not ask for publication fee. It doesn't matter to me whether it is an open-access journal or not. I have been searching for journals with no publication charges journal for a while, but have been unable to find any such journals.

Are there any resources that can help me locate journals that do not charge authors publication fees?

  • Could you specify if your algorithm paper is applied to a particular discipline e.g. molecular biology or is it pure theory / a mathematically-focused algorithm paper? – rmounce May 6 '15 at 12:53
  • What do you mean? Most journals (algorithms included) have no publication fee if your article will only be available through subscription. E.g., look on ACM, Springer journals and you will find many. – Alexandros May 6 '15 at 12:53
  • @Alexandros not such a silly question IMO. Many subscription access journals still levy 'page charges' to authors, particularly for long papers e.g. IEEE fees ieee.org/advertisement/2012vpcopc.pdf – rmounce May 6 '15 at 13:01
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    @rmounce I never used the term silly. I do not know about IEEE but ACM and Springer journal I know of are free. – Alexandros May 6 '15 at 13:02
  • @Alexandros this 2013 survey seems to indicate that 55% of Springer journals levy 'colour' charges for colour figures: researchinfonet.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/… ACM not included in that survey – rmounce May 6 '15 at 13:06
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You can use websites like DOAJ.org to search for relevant open access journals that do not charge publication fees.

This example query for 'algorithms' reveals 40 such cost-free open access journals, some of which may be relevant to you, depending on what exact type of algorithm you're publishing.

Using this I found The Electronic Journal of Combinatorics & Image Processing Online (IPOL Journal) which both look like reputable, high-quality, publication-fee-free, algorithm-relevant journals to me.

Some of the information is a little out of date though, for instance the journal Algorithms (MDPI) I think now charges 300 CHF (Swiss Francs) although initially it was free, in the past.

  • Many MDPI journals were no-fee for their first couple of years and have since begun charging - I think this is now standard practice for them. – Andrew May 6 '15 at 13:36
  • It's standard practice for most new open access journals - it makes sense IMO: new journals by definition don't have a journal impact factor (you need at least 2 years of citation data), so to some authors it is more of a 'risk' to publish there, so they need to do something to entice authors in the first couple of years before they get an impact factor. – rmounce May 6 '15 at 13:46
  • As far as I can tell, MDPI Algorithms is a write-only journal. – JeffE May 7 '15 at 11:29
  • Harsh. Google Scholar seems to think differently: scholar.google.com/… (although, perhaps all the 29 citations didn't read the paper?) ;) – rmounce May 7 '15 at 13:28
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    Thanks the DOAJ link helped me and I found a free journal for my paper. – DUDE_MXP May 14 '15 at 5:02

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