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Wednesday, September 01, 2004

Publication of Scientific Journals

Recently I cooperated in a research project about Open Access Journals. I used N6 software to analyse comments of about 1000 authors from different countries about open access and scientific publication. By reading the answers of the authors to an open question I learned many points that I didn’t know about scholarly journals. I never even imagined that scientific journals may charge authors for publishing their articles. But in fact some journals do this especially in medical sciences. Many journals charge for article submission (e.g. Journal of the Investment Management charges 100$), many journals charge the authors if their articles have colour pictures (e.g. European Journal of Neuroscience charges 450£ per colour page), some journals charge submission fee if the article is submitted in manuscript (not electronic format).

In the traditional business model of scholarly journal publication, there is a publisher (private or public) that invests and publishes journals and then by selling the journals to readers makes benefit. In fact readers traditionally pay for the journals. But now some other business models are being implemented. One of them is Open Access (OA). In open access publishing, journals are published on the Internet and access is free for all. But, who pays for the expenditure of publication? Authors are expected to pay for publication of their articles (I should point out here that there different definitions for Open Access. I am talking just about one of the approaches to OA).There are many doubts and questions about this publication model. For instance many scientists believe that this may deteriorate the quality of the articles and also leads in biased publications as just those authors can publish who have money. Indeed the quality of articles may be compromised. If you are interested to know more about Open Access take a look at this collaborative weblog which is one the best source for information about OA. Also if you need the list of Open Access journals you can refer to the directory of them.


  • At 11:26 PM, Blogger Maryam said…

    Thank you Reza. I had't heard about open access before and got some information about it now. I intended to use N6 for my project. But i don't know anything about it. How was it? Do you recommend me to use?

  • At 7:53 AM, Blogger rr said…

    Thanks for comment. I should emphesise that open access is usually free for both authors and readers, and what I wrote was just one of the approaches to open access. As to N6, it is not difficult to use it, indeed it is easy. Just read its help once and do some practice with its tutorial. I'm not sure if you have it or have to buy. It is a bit expensive (more than 300£), maybe you should ask the dept. to buy for you. If not let me know. I have a copy. N6 is good when the number of interviewees or respondents to open questionnire is high. e.g. for 20 respondents it would be easier to analyse them manually. the other point is that you'd better manage to gather data digitally then it will be easy to enter them to N6. it is a hassel and waste of time if you have to type them. N6 just accept plain text files (txt) but you can enter your data in excell or other software and convert them to txt file. I'll be glad if I am of any help. Reza

  • At 5:50 PM, Blogger Peter Suber said…

    I edit the Open Access News blog you mentioned, []. Thanks for the plug. Your readers may also be interested in my Open Access Overview, an introduction for those new to the concept, [] .

    Can you say more about the research project in which you used N6 software to analyze comments from 1,000 authors? Will it be published? Is it already published?

    Peter Suber

  • At 10:18 PM, Blogger Maryam said…

    Thanks Reza for guiding me. Actually, I request N6 from our department.Due to the large number of respondents-I hope so- of my web-based questionnaire, I think it would be useful.

  • At 8:00 AM, Blogger rr said…

    Thanks Peterfor your your comment. The research has been done by ciber research group at City University London as a part of virtual scholar project. Its preliminary report is on:


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