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Online publications grouped under the umbrella of 'GeoSciences e-Journals' (formerly a web ring converted into a genuine portal) encompass peer-reviewed electronic journals dedicated to Diamond Open Access (also know as Platinum Open Access) publishing in the field of Earth Sciences (including geochemistry, geophysics, paleontology, regional geology, stratigraphy, etc.). These e-journals allow free online access to their current issues as well as a significant portion, if not all, of their archives.
The Ring was inaugurated on March 27th, 2003, and the Portal followed on April 15th, 2006. Unfortunately, these resources were interrupted by December 2020. Bruno Granier is currently relaunching them after a three-year hiatus.
Gold Open Access and Diamond Open Access are both models of open access publishing. In Gold Open Access, articles are published in journals that are freely accessible to readers immediately upon publication. Similarly, in Diamond Open Access, articles are published in journals or platforms that are also freely accessible to readers without subscription fees.
The difference between Gold Open Access and Diamond Open Access for readers primarily lies in how the costs associated with publication are covered and the degree of financial burden on authors. In Gold Open Access, the costs associated with publication, such as article processing charges (APCs), are typically covered by the authors, their institutions, or research funders. In contrast, in Diamond Open Access, there are typically no article processing charges (APCs) for authors to pay; the costs of publication in Diamond Open Access journals are covered by alternative funding sources such as institutional support, subsidies, grants, or volunteer efforts.
In summary, both Gold and Diamond Open Access provide readers with immediate and unrestricted access to research articles without subscription fees. The main difference lies in how the publication costs are covered: in Gold Open Access (scholarly journals published by learned societies and commercial publishing houses, including some predatory editors), these costs are typically covered by authors or their institutions, while in Diamond Open Access, they are covered by alternative funding sources. For instance, at one publishing house, authors are typically charged between €26 and €93 per page or €1,400 to €1,600 per paper.

In 2006, GeoRef has begun to include a 'limited' selection of electronic journals and series that are openly accessible on the internet. Below is an excerpt from the list of GeoRef Core Journals:

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Last update: June 19th, 2024
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Palaeontologia Electronica, 27(2):a26

Priya Agnihotri, Hukam Singh, Kumarapuram A. Subramanian, Jagannadh Vishwanathan & Ashok Sahni.- A new genus and species of fossil pseudoscorpion (Arachnida: Pseudoscorpiones) from the Eocene amber of Western India.- A new genus and species of fossil pseudoscorpion, Geogaranya valiyaensis gen. nov. sp. nov., is described from the Valia Lignite Mine, Cambay Basin, Gujarat. The new fossil taxon is exceptionally preserved in the early Eocene Cambay amber and is a member of the family Geogarypidae, with similar affinities to the modern genus Geogarypus (Chamberlin, 1930) recorded from Sri Lanka, India and New Guinea. The taxon is one of the smallest known adult fossils of pseudoscorpion in amber from the Cambay Basin and adds to the bark-dwelling arthropod biodiversity identified in the Eocene amber from Western India.
Sat, 11 May 2024 16:53:00 GMT

Carnets Geol., Article, vol. 24, no. 07

Bruno R.C. Granier.- Octahedronoides tethysianus n.gen., n.sp., enigmatic clusters of microspheres at the Jurassic-Cretaceous transition.- In the literature, numerous accounts exist of microspheres scattered in the pelagic environments of the Tethys realm at the Jurassic-Cretaceous transition. These microspheres are commonly associated with genera such as Cadosina, Colomisphaera, or Stomiosphaera, and attributed to calcareous dinocysts. On the other hand, there are few records of the microsphere, initially described as Cadosina minuta Borza, 1980, which are arranged in small clusters, likely comprising six cells. This distinctive grouping and its architecture preclude attribution to the calcareous dinocysts. A new genus and a new species (as Octahedronoides tethysianus n.gen., n.sp.) are introduced to define these clusters of leiospheres, which are here reascribed to the acritarchs.
Wed, 08 May 2024 17:57:01 GMT

Carnets Geol., Article, vol. 24, no. 06

Dany Azar, Sibelle Maksoud, Di-Ying Huang, Mounir Maalouf & Chen-Yang Cai.- A new fossil psychodomorphan fly from Lower Barremian Lebanese amber elucidates the relationship of the Tanyderinae stat. nov. within the Psychodidae.- A new species, Nannotanyderus granieri sp. nov., belonging to the Tanyderidae (Diptera, Nematocera), from Lower Barremian amber of Bqaatouta (Lebanon), is characterized, described, figured, and its taxononomic position discussed. The possible confusion regarding the attribution of new fossils to either the Tanyderidae or the Psychodidae, in addition to the results of recent molecular phylogenies, have led us to re-evaluate the taxonomic position of the Tanyderidae and to consider it as a subfamily within the Psychodidae. The fossil described herein is a tiny tanyderine sensu nov. species, and the second one belonging to the genus Nannotanyderus from Lebanese amber. A tentative molecular phylogeny of recent Psychodidae and an exhaustive catalogue of fossil Tanyderinae stat. nov. are provided.
Mon, 01 Apr 2024 18:02:31 GMT

Acta Palaeontologica Romaniae, Vol. 20 (2): 11-15

Felix Schlagintweit.- Challenges in orbitolinid identification and biostratigraphic consequences: an Aptian example.- The much-cited importance of Orbitolinidae in biostratigraphy depends on the species and time-interval under consideration. In any case, correct species identification is of primary importance as the basis for drawing conclusions. This task is best achieved in an assemblage where centered sections (axial and transverse) showing all details of the complex megalospheric embryo are available. Difficulties in the correct interpretation of oblique sections is exemplified by an example from the Aptian of Turkey, respectively Praeorbitolina versus Mesorbitolina. Resulting differences in species determination not only has an impact on age interpretation, but also associated geologic-tectonic conclusions, as well as basic taxonomic data (e.g., stratigraphic ranges, statistics on stage diversities).
Thu, 14 March 2024 13:03:01 GMT

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