Can I really submit my manuscript to a journal via ChronosHub?

Yes, you can. ChronosHub integrates with thousands of the journals through their underlying submission systems. Once you’ve selected a journal, you’ll see a submission form where you can upload your manuscript, if the journal is integrated. Otherwise, the form will be very brief and take you to the journal’s own submission page. The data you fill in and upload will be transmitted from ChronosHub directly in to the journal’s submission system. You’ll thereafter be contacted by the publisher for the next steps.

How do I check for compliance or policy updates?

Changes in journal compliance and funder or organization policies are updated regularly and are then reflected in ChronosHub. However, you cannot subscribe to updates of policies, but have to come back to the Journal Finder and search for your journal and select the desired funder. If you have any questions or find any information that does not seem to be correct, please use the feedback from in the bottom right corner.

Can I filter journal search results?

You can limit the results by adding different filters to your journal search, e.g. select a subject area, journal list, publisher, and a range for the publishing fee. For example, if you’re looking for journals that are indexed in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), select DOAJ as filter in the section Journal lists. That will limit the results to only show journals that are included in DOAJ.

What do I do if I can’t find a specific journal?

Please click the “Cannot find your journal” button. Type in journal name, publisher, and the URL. A ChronosHub administrator will then review your request for a missing journal and add it accordingly as soon as possible. We appreciate your help a lot to ensure we keep all the information as up-to-date and accurate as possible!

What are Creative Commons licenses?

There are six main Creative Commons licenses creatives can use when publishing their work under CC terms.

CC BY: This license lets others distribute, remix, adapt, and build upon your work, even commercially, as long as they credit you for the original creation. This is the most accommodating of licenses offered. Recommended for maximum dissemination and use of licensed materials.

CC BY-SA: This license lets others remix, adapt, and build upon your work even for commercial purposes, as long as they credit you and license their new creations under the identical terms. This license is often compared to “copyleft” free and open source software licenses. All new works based on yours will carry the same license, so any derivatives will also allow commercial use. This is the license used by Wikipedia, and is recommended for materials that would benefit from incorporating content from Wikipedia and similarly licensed projects.

CC BY-ND: This license lets others reuse the work for any purpose, including commercially; however, it cannot be shared with others in adapted form, and credit must be provided to you.

CC BY-NC: This license lets others remix, adapt, and build upon your work non-commercially, and although their new works must also acknowledge you and be non-commercial, they don’t have to license their derivative works on the same terms.

CC BY-NC-SA: This license lets others remix, adapt, and build upon your work non-commercially, as long as they credit you and license their new creations under the identical terms.

CC BY-NC-ND: This license is the most restrictive of our six main licenses, only allowing others to download your works and share them with others as long as they credit you, but they can’t change them in any way or use them commercially.

Read more about the licenses here.

What are bespoke/custom licenses?

A bespoke or custom-made licence is created by the data publisher and introduces specific conditions with which the user must comply. Read more about the license on the journal website. 

What are the different OA types?  

 Gold Open Access: the final version of the article will be freely and permanently accessible for everyone, immediately upon publication and without restrictions.

 Green Open Access: the author manuscript must be placed in a repository, making it freely accessible for everyone. The version that can be deposited into a repository is dependent on the funder or publisher.

 Hybrid Open Access: a subscription-based journal in which some of the articles are Open Access.

Subscription only: in a subscription-based journal the articles are locked behind a paywall.

What does the other icons stand for?  

 The journal is indexed in the Directory of Open Access Journal. DOAJ is a community-curated online directory that indexes and provides access to high quality, open access, peer-reviewed journals.

 The journal is compliant with Plan S according to the Journal Checker Tool.


Note: This tool is integrated with the v2 Sherpa RomeoScopusWeb of ScienceDOAJ, and other sources to provide you the best possible service. The information is tested thoroughly for accuracy. However, it should not be relied upon for legal advice. We encourage authors to read and crosscheck with their funder and publisher OA policies to ensure compliance.