Open access is a worthwhile and valuable idea. But it certainly has its flaws. Consider a recent spoof paper that was submitted to 304 open access journals from around the globe. Even though the paper was wildly erroneous, more than half accepted the paper for publication.
As Ross Pomeroy points out in today's lesson, since open access publishers are effectively paid up front, the more papers they accept, the more money they make. To maintain their credibility, Pomeroy writes that reviewers and editors of open access journals "must hold themselves to the onerous standards demanded by rigorous, proper science and not fall for the juicy temptations of easy money."