On the open-access publishing model, in which journal articles or other academic works are made available to readers free of charge.

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Why do tenured professors still publish in pay-walled venues?

I wonder why tenured professors still publish in pay-walled venues. I can understand that non-tenured professors are publication pressured, but once one gets tenured, why should one still place ...
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What should I do if I cannot afford a journal Article Processing Charge?

I would like to publish an article open access, but I cannot afford the article processing charge (APC). I am based in the UK, so I do not qualify for some of the available fee reductions or waivers. ...
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What is the difference between “Green” and “Gold” Open Access?

What is the difference between Green Open Access and Gold Open Access? Are there other "flavors" of Open Access?
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Percentage of the world population with subscription journal access?

Many scientists are under the impression that the majority of interested readers for their work have subscription journal access. I find this unlikely as a very small percentage of the global ...
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If the arXiv had referees, would conventional journal publications still make sense? [closed]

In the last decade, more and more researchers read the scientific literature on electronic copies or on printed copies, but not anymore directly from the printed journal. Nowadays, I think the most ...
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Could StackExchange be used to “do” open science? [on hold]

The Q&A sites on StackExchange are a great platform for gathering knowledge about a multitude of things. In my eyes, the reputation system does an excellent job when it comes to rating questions ...
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Why don't grants from publicly-funded organizations systematically demand code and data to be released?

I wonder why publicly-funded grants do not systematically demand from the recipients that code and data to be released, and results/papers to be publicly accessible. (put aside data that raise privacy ...
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How much does it cost the publisher to publish an academic article?

I am interested to know the cost of publishing an academic article. I do not mean in the simple sense of "what does a given journal charge an author to publish?" or "what does an association or ...
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Open Access for journals : extent of the content remix (CC-BY) license?

I'm a co-editor for an open-access journal (in geography), which is listed on the DOAJ. The scientific committee is somewhat doubtful about the recent change of prerequisites of the DOAJ, especially ...
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Published and unpublished dissertation; DOI assignment

I have recently defended my Ph.D. dissertation and submitted it to my graduate school's e-repository of scholarly works as well as to the ProQuest database. I have not heard yet from ProQuest about ...
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If my paper is accepted in a Springer journal, can I submit my version of the manuscript to arXiv immediately after acceptance?

I have read the Springer copyrights and self-archiving policy, but they are a bit confusing. For example in the first of them, you may find this: Author may self-archive an author-created version ...
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So what happened to Episciences?

The Episciences project was all the rage a few years ago, back in the days of the now-defunct math2.0 forum and the Cost of Knowledge boycott (ca. 2013). Its goal is to build "epijournals", which are ...
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How can Springer and Wiley put a 12 month embargo on posting post-review revisions to the arXiv and similar?

This question was inspired by the recent question on posting to Academia.edu. The general copyright policy for Springer, as listed on SHERPA/RoMEO, is that one can post a pre-review version to the ...
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Should I review for a new journal whose publisher is unjustifiably listed in Beall's list of predatory publishers?

I received a review request from an open access journal, which is brand new. It has published about 10 articles so far. The articles seem to be of mediocre quality but do not seem to plagiarize other ...
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Is it legal to upload CC BY papers to academia.edu? Terms of Use are vague on this

There have been discussions regarding academia.edu's Terms of Use (https://www.academia.edu/terms) and some responses have stated that it is impossible to upload published papers to academia even with ...
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Elsevier open-access fee waived for subscribers?

I have recently been comparing publishers regarding their policies on double dipping (charging an open-access fee for publishing in a hybrid journal and then charging again a subscription fee). Many ...
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Are there any trustworthy Mathematics fee-based open access journals?

Some open access journals, like Integers for example, don't charge the author any fee for publishing their article. Other open access journals do charge the author a fee and the author has to pay the ...
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How to target possible authors? Ethics of increasing the visibility of open access journals

My colleague and I work at an Open Access journal, published by a regional scholarly association. The field is Communication and Media Studies. Recently we started to encounter problems with reaching ...
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What open access textbook publishing initiatives are around? [closed]

I am wondering how open access textbook publishing platform is viewed in regard to publication turnover i.e. how quickly can one get published through it, compared to (say) traditional publishing? ...
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How to Access an American PhD Thesis?

I need to download the following PhD Thesis: "LH Jensen - Large deviations of the asymmetric simple exclusion process in one dimension" However this website forces me to pay for it. I think it is ...
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Are there any downsides to sharing a successful proposal with others?

Since being awarded a grant from NSF (my first!) I have received a few requests from strangers at other universities, who are themselves seeking funding, to see a copy of my funded proposal. ...
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Why do we not reinvent the journal system? [duplicate]

I am very surprised that I could not find any similar question here. It seems to me that researchers from all universities are willing to write papers about their research for free and hand them into ...
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What unforeseen dangers might exist when choosing an open access textbook for a new subject?

I must create a new module (first time to do from scratch). In the past, I've had either existing course descriptions, textbooks, etc. as a base on which to structure a module which is new for me. ...
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Can I upload my open access publications on researchgate.net or academia.edu?

Maybe my question is naive, but: If my paper was publish as open access (for example in Springer - http://www.springer.com/gp/open-access), could I upload the paper in researchgate.net and similar ...
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CC-licensing course slides

I would like to share under a Creative Commons license some course material (slides) I created. However, I used (abused?) of duly cited non-cc sources such as books etc. to prepare the course ...
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What does it mean to be offered waived-fee OA publishing?

I submitted a manuscript to a journal for non-open-access publication and the editor came back and said that they want to publish the article as open-access (same journal) and waive the fee for this. ...
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Do any scientific publishers have a stated commitment to authors regarding copyright infringement?

Within the debate of whether science should move to an Open Access / CC-license scheme, or remain with a more traditional scheme where the authors transfer copyright to the publisher, one argument ...
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Are there tools to implement an institutional open access policy?

Many universities have adopted open access policies, giving their employees an incentive to make their scholarly articles freely available online. To enforce this policy, universities should ideally ...
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If a journal publishing an article about a software tool requires the software to be freely available, must the article be open access?

I am interesting in publishing a Bioinformatics software as a paid access article in a journal where they have open access as well as paid access options (Oxford's Bioinformatics). But it stated at ...
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How to publish under a Creative Commons license?

I will defend my PhD thesis soon and I currently have a bunch of papers in a finalization phase. As first author of these papers, and as my work is funded with public money, I am very uncomfortable ...
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Flair/Badge for arXiv paper?

This is borderline trivial, but in my attempt to publish my work in a public repository, I've found badges at the top of my README.md to be useful. For example, using Zenodo, I can create a badge that ...
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How can/should I indicate that it's okay to use open access content in a paper?

Suppose I want to reuse some substantial piece of content - say, a figure1 - from someone else's paper in my own scholarly work. If the other paper is under a traditional license, I'll have to obtain ...
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Why do open access consortia affiliate themselves with questionable publishers

The open access publishing world has a number of predatory publishers. Many know about Beall's list which identifies publishers and journals that engage in questionable practices. The existence of ...
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List of reputable open access journals

I found a list of "potential, possible, or probable predatory scholarly open-access publishers" here. I am just wondering if there is a similar list of reputable open-access journals in the social ...
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Prestigious institutions with open admissions policies

Has any college in the US managed to unite being prestigious and being open access, at undergrad or grad level. I mean open enrolment in the European sense, where they have kind of minimal ...
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Do Springer, IEEE, Elsevier charge a fee for non-open-access journals?

My PhD advisor and lab colleagues think that Springer, IEEE and Elsevier journals non-open-access charge authors for submitting a paper. (They usually only publish in local journals.) All the info ...
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Is IJCA a valid open access journal? [duplicate]

Can someone let me know whether IJCA (http://www.ijcaonline.org/) is a valid open access journal to publish our research work? BR, Tharindu from Sri Lanka
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How should use of a preprint server be incorporated into the publishing workflow?

I am a biologist and very recently there has been a movement to increase the use of preprints in publishing biological research. This has generated a lot of discussion about preprints and their ...
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Does gold (i.e., author-pay) open-access really help access to science and save taxpayer money?

I value the reputation of the journals to which I submit articles. Mostly, I wish to confront my work with the most competent researchers in my field through peer review, in order to have an expert ...
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Open access journal for long-form publication

I am currently working on a paper in the field of image reconstruction, or computational biology if you will. Now matter how I slice or dice it, it is one of these stories that cannot be told in 3500 ...
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Why does academia.edu reserve the right to sell, modify, and “exploit” my papers if I post them there?

In academia.edu's terms of service, it says By making available any Member Content on or through the Site or Services, you hereby grant to Academia.edu a worldwide, irrevocable, perpetual, ...
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How to tell if a paper is behind a paywall?

I am trying to figure out if a paper is open access or not. My university subscribes to many non-open access journals. Some journals offer mixed models where some papers are open access and others are ...
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Open Access Crowd Based Publications (StackExchange like) [duplicate]

I am a PhD student in computer science and sometime in the (more or less) near future I have to publish my results. Yet, I am rather sceptic about the current state of publishing, aka peer-reviewed ...
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Options to publish a paper “as is” without being able to produce “more results”

I had worked on a computer vision problem three years ago, drafted a journal paper and submitted it to a top-tier journal. My rebuttal to the reviewers answered most of their concerns except "more ...
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Do IMS journals count as open access?

I'm considering submitting a paper to Annals of Applied Statistics, published by the Institute of Mathematical Statistics (IMS). According to IMS Journals on arXiv: Note that the IMS posts all ...
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Open access journal for water resources

I would like to know about journals on water resources/contamination. Is there any? I cannot afford to pay for publication, although I have some work which I believe can be published. Also, what if ...
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Is it ethical to share the knowledge for free that I've learned at the university?

I can see an enormous amount of videos on Youtube about helping to learn high-level knowledge that is usually taught at universities. Even though I'm only at the beginning of the time I'm going to ...
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Access to journals for individuals outside of an institution?

For all that is said about the wealth of information that is freely available on the internet, the fact is that most of it is incomplete, dumbed down, lacking in context or downright wrong. ...
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How to find OA free to publish journals with a JCR ranking?

I would like to find journals that: are ranked with JCR (no matter how low) and have open access (anyone can access the papers for free) and are free to publish (authors are not required to pay) ...
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How tightly enforced are open-access embargoes?

Many academic journals have copyright policies which forbid authors (possibly for a finite embargo time) to make their papers (either preprints, accepted manuscripts, or camera-ready versions) freely ...