Posted by: bluesyemre | April 12, 2017

Pros and cons of #OpenAccess vs traditional #publishing in #ScientificJournals


On last week’s blog post, we talked about practical steps to selecting the right journal for your research papers. If you missed it, you can read it here: 7 Tips for Choosing a Journal to Publish your Scientific Paper.

This week, we’ll talk about the pros and cons of Open Access (OA) versus Traditional Publishing journals. First, the definitions: Traditionally-published journals are mostly funded through subscriptions or advertising. In the OA publication model, scholarly journals make their content freely available online to all readers without needing a subscription, pay-per-download or other fees. The cost of publication is still paid by someone, either the journal is OA because it is subsidized (by a government entity, professional society, or the like), or the publication costs are paid by you, the author of the research paper.

But the OA system has spawned a darker side, the world of “predatory journals”. For more on ways to tell whether you are dealing with a “predatory” journals, read this 10 Signs you are Dealing with a Predatory Journal.

Note that here we are talking about legitimate OA journals. These are journals that have adopted a fully OA financial model or give authors the choice to publish in a traditional format or an OA format for a fee. Examples of legitimate OA journals are the PLoS journals (Public Library of Science journals). In contrast, traditionally published journals can only be accessed by readers who have a subscription or access to a subscription (such as people who have access to a well-stocked biomedical library), in which case, the library pays for an institutional subscription to which members have access.

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