Publicera is the national digital platform for open access Swedish scholarly journals. This means that all content published on Publicera is available for everyone to read, free of charge.

Open access publishing

The national platform, Publicera, helps Swedish scholarly journals transition to an open access publishing system. The platform aims to make Swedish scholarly journals visible and accessible.

The requirements for the journals that use the platform help ensure that they live up to established scholarly publishing standards as well as guidelines and requirements set by research funders and indexes/databases.

A common interface

Publicera consists of a common interface where journal editors manage the entire scholarly publishing workflow, from manuscript submission to peer review and publishing full text and metadata with immediate open access.

The platform is based on OJS (Open Journal Systems) External link., a manuscript management and publishing system built on free, open-source software and used by more than 34,000 journals worldwide. OJS is also used by several other national platforms similar to Publicera, such as External link., External link. and External link..

There is no cost to participating journals to use the platform.

More information about the services included and the requirements participating journals must meet in order to use the platform is available on Publicera's website.

The journals

The journals on Publicera cover many research fields, from archeology to literature to law, among others. These journals publish research articles as well as essays, reviews, debate articles and more.

Journal owners and editors have shown great interest in the platform, and within the next year more journals will join Publicera.

The National Library's role

Publicera is the result of a government assignment to the National Library of Sweden (Kungliga biblioteket, KB) to establish and manage the national platform for open access Swedish scholarly journals. This assignment also includes making the journals visible and supporting the transition to an open access publishing system.

The assignment is based on recommendations made in the study Financial and technical support for open access scholarly journals (2019).

KB has built and manages the digital platform and offers technical support for users. KB can also help with questions about scholarly publishing, for example handling open licenses and good publishing practices. KB does not act as a publisher for the journals, and the financial and editorial responsibility rests entirely with the journals' owners and editors.

Publicera's Development Council

KB has a Development Council for Publicera. The task of the Development Council is to give advice and to participate in strategic discussions about collaboration and development work regarding the platform.

Read more about Publicera's Development Council (in Swedish).

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