Showing posts with label predatory publishers. Show all posts
Showing posts with label predatory publishers. Show all posts

12 April 2016

What you need to know about publishing in an open access journal

You’ve identified a couple of journals that might be suitable for submitting your journal article. One of them is an open access journal. Should this be the journal you choose? ... by Katrina Tepper, the Library's Science faculty team leader.

What are open access journals?

Articles published in open access journals are made freely available on the journal website. No passwords or payment are required, allowing anyone around the world to access and read the articles.

This is in contrast to subscription journals, in which articles can only be accessed by those with a subscription (either individual or via a library), although some journals make articles freely available one year or more after publication.

Quality scholarly journals generally have a peer review process in place, regardless of whether they are subscription or open access journals.

Are there any advantages to publishing in an open access journal?

One of the main advantages is that anyone around the world can access and read your article, potentially exposing your article to a larger audience than if it was published in a subscription journal.

In turn, there is some evidence this might lead to your article being cited more often. See The effect of open access and downloads (‘hits’) on citation impact.

That sounds great! Are there any catches?

While not a catch exactly, be aware that some open access journals charge authors a fee to publish their article if it’s accepted. This can range from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars for a single article. You can usually find this information on the journal website.
 Beall's List  provides information like
this about questionable publishers

Also, while there are many high quality open access journals, there are some fairly questionable open access publishers appearing on the scene (see Beall’s list). These journals charge fees to publish articles and make them freely available, however don’t have rigorous peer review or editing processes in place, so should be avoided.

The Directory of Open Access Journals lists high quality, peer reviewed, open access journals. Check this directory to confirm if the journal you’re interested is on this list.

The journal website says I need to make the associated research data available too. Any tips?

This is becoming more common, particularly with journals in the science, technology, engineering and medicine fields. There might be a discipline specific repository that’s suitable for making your data available, however another option is Monash figshare. Some of the benefits include that you can upload data yourself and the data is stored on Monash servers. For more information see What is Monash.figshare?

So, is it better to publish in an open access journal or a subscription journal?

Choose the best journal for your research, regardless of whether it’s an open access or subscription journal. The scope of the journal and the audience are key things to consider, to make sure your research and journal articles reach the best audience for your work.

Want more information?

Refer to the Research impact and publishing library guide or get in touch with your contact librarian.

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29 June 2015

Get a firm footing on publishing scholarly articles

Having something to impart to your field of research and seeing your work published is no doubt personally rewarding. Finding the right journal to publish your paper is worth some effort. Here are some resources that may be useful ...  By Penny Presta.

Your own priorities will ultimately assist you when determining where to publish. Do you consider it more important to be in a top tier journal, to have low fees, to get a speedy acceptance, or to have open access and high visibility for your work?

Journals are often oriented to specific audiences and can differ in tone and writing style. To increase the likelihood of your paper being accepted you may need to tailor your article to the journal or select a journal that is a good fit for your paper.

Find out more about a particular journal
  • Ulrichsweb global serials directory is a source of detailed information on more than 300,000 periodicals of all types. Obtain a list of journals in your subject area, see tables of contents, coverage, reviews, whether a publication is refereed (peer-reviewed) and more.

Article indexing
  • Are articles from the journal indexed in databases relevant to your field, or in citation databases such as Scopus or Web of Science?

  • Are articles from the journal harvested by Google Scholar? To check go to Advanced Search and type in the publication name to see if articles from that publication are retrieved.

Journal Impact Factor or other journal rankings
  • InCites, Journal citation reports Search for a journal’s Impact Factor. Impact factor is a recognised measure used to help determine a journal’s impact within its field, and is available for all journals indexed in the Web of Science database.

  • Scopus In Scopus, click Compare Journals to analyse the prestige of journals contained in the Scopus database from 1996.

  • SJR SCImago Journal & Country Rank uses Scopus data to provide ranking information. Click Journal Rankings to see a ranked list by subject or country.

Matching your article to a journal
  • Elsevier matching enter your title and abstract to see a list of Elsevier journals that best match with your article.

  • JANE: Journal/Author Name Estimator find the best place to publish by comparing your title, abstract or keywords to millions of articles in MEDLINE for the best match.

  • Manuscript matcher by Thomson Reuters EndNote Online uses data from the Web of Science to find your best potential journal.

Quality Journal Lists

Open Access
  • Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) An online directory that indexes and provides access to quality open access, peer-reviewed journals.

  • Sherpa/Romeo Search by journal or publisher to see a summary of the copyright or archiving permissions normally part of a journal or publisher's copyright transfer agreement.

  • Monash University Research Repository The University repository meets the requirements of funding bodies (eg. ARC and NHMRC) for a post-print or publisher version of a paper to be made available in an open access repository.

Predatory publishers
The term predatory publishers refers to those that exploit the ‘author pays’ open access model by deceiving authors into paying fees without providing the associated services. Be wary of emails seeking submissions to journals as legitimate publishers rarely follow such practices. Predatory publishers also commonly:
  • adopt a name similar to an existing prestigious entity
  • falsely claim to have Impact Factors
  • apply previously undisclosed fees after your article has been accepted and is unable to be withdrawn or published elsewhere
  • have no quality-control despite claims of rigorous processes or peer review
  • dishonestly advertise the presence of prominent researchers on their editorial boards

Distraction Watch is a blog which illustrates actual approaches by questionable publishers. Academic librarian Jeffrey Beall’s Scholarly Open Access blog includes a comprehensive list of such open access publishers and their journals. It is updated regularly and the critical analysis of scholarly open-access publishers is helpful for knowing what to look out for.

Subject Librarians in the Library can help you use databases that may be useful in making decisions about the best journals in your discipline. See the Research impact and publishing library guide for more information on this topic.

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