By Charlotte Jarabak
1. OA journals are of poorer quality than traditional journals
Majority of OA journals are peer reviewed and have high impact factors. In fact, there are 1,313 OA journals indexed in Web of Science and 4,240 OA journals in Scopus. The highest Impact Factor of OA journal in WOS “Living Reviews in Relativity” is 19.25.
2. OA journals charge publication fees
Whilst predatory publishers are a problem, most OA journals charge no fees.
3. My research is on my website – so I don’t need to put it in a repository
Publishing in an OA journal or repository makes your work much easier to find, resulting in increased citation rates.
4. Publishing in a conventional journal does not allow open access
An increasing number of traditional journals now give permissions to publish in OA publications. You can check publisher’s position in Sherpa RoMEO database of publisher copyright policies.
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