Prestige (AIS) and publication charges for open access journals; eigenfactor meets journalprices for the best deal in open access publishing

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“When shopping for a journal in which to publish your work, you can choose your academic discipline from the drop-down menu and then center the cross-hairs on a candidate journal. Any journals that appear above and to the left of the cross-hairs “dominate” this journal in the sense of having greater influence and costing less.”


Selecting an Open Access Journal

“In order to select a suitable open access journal in which to publish, it can be helpful to understand what it is that you are paying for with your publication charges. In this context, we find it useful to think about the economics of scholarly publishing.

Academic journals require one or more revenue streams to cover their costs and turn a profit. There are three basic sources of revenue to which a publisher can turn: (1) publication charges, (2) sponsor support, and (3) subscription charges. Publishers regularly employ each of these sources, sometimes in combination. For example, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA (PNAS), charges authors by the page and charges subscription fees to university libraries. The PLoS family of journals charge publication charges, and receive grant funding from agencies including the Sloan foundation and the MacArthur foundation.”


Why pay to publish? 

“Open access has increased in popularity over the past decade but at present the majority of scholarly journals still require paid subscriptions for access to their content. In particular, most journals produced by for-profit publishers derive all of their revenue from subscription charges. As a result, authors in just about any field of scholarship will have numerous venues in which they can publish for free.

Yet for decades authors have been willing to pay page charges to society-published journals and, more recently, publication charges for open access. Some authors do so because of a desire to support their scholarly societies or from a commitment to the principles of open access publishing. Beyond these ideological motivations, there are additional important incentives. To keep matters simple, here we will focus on two: prestige and readership.

Prestige. The competitive peer review system used by the majority of scholarly periodicals serves to certify the novelty, interest, and quality of academic publications. As we all know, a record of publications in the top tiers of the journal hierarchy has a critical impact on hiring, promotion, tenure, merit, and funding decisions.Readership. To have a significant influence on scholarly thought, one needs to be read widely by one\’s peers. Journals vary widely in readership; researchers often conscientiously follow the publications in top journals, while turning to lower-tier journals only in pursuit of specific references.

Of course prestige and readership are not independent of one another. Journals become prestigious in part because they are highly read, and prestigious journals are highly read in part because their prestige allows them to attract the top papers in a field.”



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