Transformative journals are subscription-access or hybrid publications that have committed to publishing an increasing number of open access articles in line with targets set by cOAlition S, and an eventual transition to 100% open access.
The main features of a transformative journal include:
- A long-term commitment to becoming fully open access
- Regular, transparent reporting to authors on the performance of their article – including views, downloads, and other usage information
- Advocating the benefits of open access to researchers and institutions
- Full pricing transparency, including reporting on how article processing charges are offset against subscription prices until the journal becomes fully open access
- Providing authors with a range of publication models so they can meet the requirements of their institutions and funders