Open Access Publishing

Open Access Publishing

So what exactly is open access publishing??

A few days ago, we received a phone call from a loyal customer of ours. He had one simple question without a simple answer: what is an open access publication? It was brought to our attention that many people do not understand what the difference is between open access and subscription-based journal publications.

Over the next few weeks, we will discuss what exactly the open access movement is and the benefits of going open access. The availability of knowledge to the academic world is a core part of the Clute Institute and we hope to better explain why we chose the open access platform.

This is an informative YouTube video with a clear description of open access academic journals. It explains the key distinctions between open access and subscription based publishing, while pointing out the flaws within the old subscription based system.

One of the main differences between open access publishing and subscription based publishing is the platform in which readers can access the published research. We do not impose fees or pay walls keeping readers from the content they need; everything is available online for free. We fund journals through an open access fee charged to authors in order to publish. This frees libraries from paying heavy subscription fees and makes author’s research available to everyone, increasing readership and citations.

So what do you think?

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Shockey, Nick, and Jonathan Eisen. “Open Access Explained!” YouTube. YouTube, n.d. Web. 25 Aug. 2015.

By | 2017-11-16T10:41:58+00:00 August 26th, 2015|The Clute Institute Official Blog|3 Comments

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  1. Ajarn Charlie October 8, 2015 at 6:15 am

    Here in Thailand, the wall to Open Access is like the Great Wall of China! Every discussion at every level is met with the phrase the ‘Bell List!’..and yes I know it is spelled wrong but that is how they pronounce it. No-one knows or seems to care it is ‘Beall’ and who or what he is of what he represents (old school dogma). I admire the Clute Institute however for their efforts in fighting this battle. Of course Thailand’s recent rankings in the 2015-2016 World University Rankings placed the country’s first of seven ranked universities below the 600 mark. Gee, anybody care to make a guess as to why?

  2. Chupacabras May 1, 2016 at 2:30 am

    The ” article processing charges ” which are often used for open access journals shift the burden of payment from readers to authors, which creates a new set of concerns. One concern is that if a publisher makes a profit from accepting papers, it has an incentive to accept anything submitted, rather than selecting and rejecting articles based on quality. This could be remedied, however, by charging for the peer-review rather than acceptance.

  3. Jo Jo September 1, 2016 at 2:31 pm

    Charging a submission fee rather than an article processing fee may sound attractive. Considering that these fees are typically between $1,500 to $3,000 per accepted paper, how many authors are going to pay that much money to have a paper reviewed?

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