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Open Access

The Big Idea for Monday, October 07, 2013

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."


  1. 1 Spoof Paper Accepted to 157 Open Access Journals
    Ross Pomeroy Experts' Corner
  2. 2 Why open access makes sense
    Neurobonkers Neurobonkers
  3. 3 Open Access or Closed Minded
    Jayson Richardson Education Recoded
  4. 4 If the Cost of Publishing a Scientific Journal Article is $10,000, Who Pays for Open-Access?
    Matthew C. Nisbet Age of Engagement

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