The 2024 OpenEdition Freemium for Journals bundle

Subscriptions for the 2024 OpenEdition Freemium for Journals bundle are open! Designed for libraries and institutions, the OpenEdition Freemium for Journals bundle is enriched with new journals each year on 1 January. The 2024 offer includes 185 journals in the humanities and social sciences published on the OpenEdition Journals platform. It also includes 12 bonus titles thanks to the second scientific publishing support plan for journals.

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Three new journals will be included in the bundle from 1 January 2024:

  • Égypte Soudan mondes arabes: a journal promoting empirically grounded research in social sciences primarily on contemporary Egypt and Sudan;
  • Revue archéologique de l’Ouest: a journal specializing in pre-historic and historical archaeology in, or specifically relating to, the regions of Western France;
  • Sextant: a journal publishing studies in French and English on issues of gender and sexuality, with a cross-disciplinary focus (social sciences, arts, law, psychology, and so on).

Six new journals have been added to the freemium bundle as bonus titles thanks to the scientific publishing support plan:

They follow on from six other journals that have been benefiting from the support plan in 2022 and 2023. The support offered by the plan is reserved for journals published on OpenEdition Journals that decide to forgo their embargo period and switch to open access mode immediately, accepting the conditions set out by the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research, OpenEdition, Couperin and Abes. Journals that are approved join the freemium journal bundle as bonus titles. The goal of the support plan is to provide financial help to the approved journals, through funding from the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research.

Subscribing to freemium journals

Libraries and institutions can subscribe to a bundle of journals in the humanities and social sciences published on the OpenEdition Journals platform, also referred to as a freemium journal bundle. In addition to the full text available to all readers in HTML format, the subscription provides permanent access to PDF and ePub files. The associated services make it straightforward to manage and integrate content into library catalogues and discovery tools. This programme allows libraries to pursue an acquisition policy showing support for and encouraging the development of the diamond open access model: no DRM or download quotas are applied.

A mutually-beneficial model

With this business model, 66.6% of the revenue generated is distributed to the journals of the bundle, while the last third is used for the development of the platform. In a decade, the freemium bundle has grown from 85 journals to more than 180, allowing 56 journals to give up the embargo model. Since its launch, the programme has managed to distribute over two million euros of revenue to freemium bundle journals to support their open access publication.

Partner libraries and institutions

The OpenEdition Freemium for Journals offer now has more than 170 partner libraries and institutions.

In addition, some institutions are granted free access to the freemium journals, often in partnership with the EIFL organization, which promotes access to knowledge in developing countries and countries in transition.

Countries included:  Armenia, Congo, Ethiopia, Fiji, Georgia, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Malawi, Moldova, Namibia, Nepal, Palestine, Senegal, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda and Ukraine. We warmly thank the partner institutions of the OpenEdition Freemium programme for their support of the diamond open access model.

For more information

Contact: access[at]

Online journals and freemium bundle brochure.

Cite this blog post
OpenEdition team (2023, December 14). The 2024 OpenEdition Freemium for Journals bundle. Open Electronic Publishing. Retrieved June 18, 2024, from

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