Journals that ask for money. Is it so dishonest?
January 5, 2013 15 Comments
Well…, let’s shake this publishing martini a little bit.
Let’s see the publishing industry as if authors/professors were the clients: we scholars/clients place our papers in journals to be recognized, to improve our CVs and to have our research disseminated.
Would you like to send a paper to a journal and have a response by the Editor within a couple of weeks?
Would you like to have your peer reviews 3 or 4 weeks later? (Is it too demanding?)
What about having an estimate of the publication date if you answer your review comments within a determined period of time?
What else would you ask for?
Wouldn’t you pay for all this? … No? … Come off it!
But, do you know any journal with a service like that?
- I do, or at least a couple of them which comply with most of the above: journals (indexed in acceptable and recognized databases) where you pay.
- The rest strive with their success (or themselves), their processes and reviewers. For example, I sent in a paper to low quartile JCR journal (WoK) that is still in the process a year after!
We all know that the client is the reader, or shouldn’t they be? Subscriptions are decreasing… and internet uprising…
- Is the reader of scientific journals someone who reads every issue of them? Or is the real reader an academic who looks just for the articles of their interest? In any journal available?
- How many journals university libraries (or we) have to subscribe to?
Another issue is the academic questions and quality this new system may arise: you pay-you publish? Which are usually resolved via citation indexing.
What do you think about paying for a (publishing) service? Or the problem is what others think of you doing it? Have you asked them?