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Open Access Guide: Issues and Concerns

Quality Assurance

Doubt about quality and quality-control is one reason authors may be reluctant to publish in OA journals.

Peer review

  • The open access movement was founded on scholarly, peer reviewed content.
  • Most OA journals are peer reviewed.
  • The peer review process in OA journals has the same quality control as in traditional journals.
  • Many hybrid journals only take payment after manuscript has been accepted.
  • This avoids any perceived influence or conflict of interest.

Prestige & quality

  • Prestige and reputation build over time; most OA journals are relatively new.
  • A lack of prestige does not in itself preclude quality.
  • OA journals vary in quality in the same way as subscription-based journals.
  • The prestige of authors, editors and referees impact on journal quality.
  • Apply the same criteria to judge quality as when selecting from traditional publishers.

"Predatory" publishers

  • Some publishers may claim to produce scholarly, OA journals but in fact produce low-quality, profit-driven journals via unethical practices.
  • These journals take advantage of researchers’ need to publish.
  • Predatory publishers may scam publication fees and falsely claim that they provide peer-review.
  • Researchers need to be wary of low-quality in both open access and traditional publishers.

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What version to self-archive

What version to self-archive

  • Approximately 65% of publishers allow some form of self-archiving into a repository.
  • What can be made available, and where, will be dependent on the publisher and journal guidelines on re-use of copyright assignment.
  • Sometimes the published version of an article can be made open access, or a publisher may require a different version be used
  • There may be an embargo period between the time the article is published and when it can be made available via open access.
  • To determine the journal's open access policy, visit OAKList or SHERPA/RoMEO.

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