Why we should stop publishing in open-access journals with article processing charges

Interesting argument that many researchers are essentially ‘forced’ to publish in non OA journals (so, at the very least not appropriate as a yardstick to gauge commitment to open science). In my field, I’m aware of Biomathematics as gold-standard OA (no APC and open access society journal), but haven’t heard of any others.

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Guest author: Francesco Chiodelli (University of Turin)

In recent years, a new generation of academic journals has emerged and grown rapidly. It is a particular type of open-access journal with an article processing charge [hereafter: APC journal] . An APC journal is a scientific journal that requires authors to pay a fee to publish their article after it has been accepted. Such fees are usually quite high (ranging from around 1,000 Euros per article in most cases to over 3,000 Euros in some instances). The new generation of APC journals is not constituted by ‘traditional predatory journals’, that is to say a sort of fake-scientific-journals, characterized by false or misleading information, deviation from good editorial practices, and a lack of transparency and a serious peer-review process. This new generation consists of journals that appear to be more serious and on paper seem to respect…

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