Presentation Open Access
Open Access publishing in the field of "aircraft design" is characterized today by: 1.) The fact that a dedicated journal about aircraft design is currently missing. 2.) A problematic situation to find a suitable aerospace Open Access journal (as shown in a previous publication). It has been observed that authors need a certain amount of trust in the journal and its operator. This level of trust will be higher, if authors select a journal run by people and organizations they know quite well. For this reason, Open Access journals in aerospace are presented edited by members of European aerospace organizations. Only 4 such Open Access journals seem to exist presently. The Romanian "INCAS Bulletin" was started in 2009 and has published several hundred papers. The journal seems well established. The Polish "Transactions of the Institute of Aviation" were started already 1951 and are already online since 2006, but lack a clear publishing structure and are dominated by articles in Polish. "Transport and Aerospace Engineering" from Latvia is well set up, was started only recently (in 2014) and has only 10 articles so far. The journal "Advances in Aerospace Science and Technology" has its roots in the USA (registration), China (operation), and Germany (editor). The journal stresses a setup based on international standards and has ambitions to include a regular Special Issue on Aircraft Design. With a start early in 2015, the prove of all this is still missing. None of these 4 journals has a Thomson Reuters Impact Factor or any "prestige". For authors who demand this, only traditional subscription based closed access journals exist. Green Open Access with self publication of journal articles in repositories is a way to make papers openly available also from these closed access journals.