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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Publishing a tech report or other non-peer reviewed paper as an independent researcher

I have got a paper in the queue which I would like to publish outside the realm of peer reviewed journals. The main reasons: Money. I'm currently not affiliated to any academic institution which ...
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Why do journals require authors to provide funding information?

Recently I have communicated a manuscript to Springer journal. In editorial system I was required to furnish funding information. If the funding information is available then does that mean that I ...
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Is it legal to upload preprint on ResearchGate?

I have few papers already published in certain journals which cannot be uploaded on ResearchGate due to copyright issues, now is it legal to upload my own version of the paper formatted in LaTeX or in ...
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Correctly licensing someone else's photo for publication in open-access journal

When articles are accepted by open-access journals such as PLoS journals, the editors sometimes ask for a 'striking image' to attract attention to the paper on the contents page (see examples here; ...
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How to encourage self-archiving of preprints in science?

As the background, I am a graduate student in high energy physics, mainly theoretical physics. Recently, I have sen that there are a few scholars who don't put the preprint versions of the paper in ...
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May authors opt-out of the proceedings of a conference?

Many conferences in my field (theoretical CS) are organised as follows. They are run by academics, as an endowement, scientific association, or some other not-for-profit organization. Each year, ...
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What is the legal status of an open access academic publication?

I'm interested in the legal status of a published academic open access product. Is it considered a commercial product or not, even if published by a company that usually earns money (in one way or ...
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Why don't high-ranking journals go solo?

There are so many debates and criticisms around the topic of publishers, who are accused of charging excessive fees for access when all the work of the journal is done for free by academics. But why ...
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Where can I obtain the content of closed MOOCs?

MOOCs are often not as open as their name would suggest. For example, Coursera will soon remove hundreds of classes from its website, and many courses are not open for enrollment after the course is ...
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How do I start a new peer-reviewed open access journal?

I'm an academic and would like to start a scholarly journal. My reasons are manyfold: primarily I want an open access journal, and think that my field needs an own journal. How do I start a new open ...
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Is Ubiquity Press a trustworthy open access publisher? [duplicate]

Is Ubiquity Press a trustworthy open access publisher? By a quick look, it does not appear in Beall's list, does not have an impact factor yet (?), is promoted at least by some scholars, and is ...
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What is 'Diamond' Open Access?

I have heard of 'green' (self-archiving in a repository) and 'gold' open access (immediate open access in a journal), but what is 'diamond' open access? How does this differ from green or gold open ...
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How to satisfy the publisher when making an article available on a personal web page?

At least in computer science, many publishers allow authors to make their published articles (or final manuscripts of them) freely available on their personal web site. A usual condition is to provide ...
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Persistent URL for each DOI pointing to open access papers when available

The Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) maintains a persistent URL for each DOI. Example: http://dx.doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR06849. However, the link often points to some ...
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Submitting ACM Conference papers to ArXiv

I'm a little confused. The ACM Author Rights and Publishing Policy states: ACM authors hold the right to post copies of their own peer-reviewed accepted ACM works on any non-commercial repository ...
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Complain about an ISI journal to Thompson?

My paper has been accepted in an ISI-indexed open access journal and I paid the required publication fee three months ago. But they have not published my paper yet. My paper is related to a research ...
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What is a post-print of an article or research paper, and what is it used for?

Today I ran across the wording "post-print version" of an article (on ResearchGate). I'm aware of terms pre-print, in preparation, under review, published, etc., but I have never seen the term "post-...
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How much does a publisher charge authors if they want to make their book open access?

Is there any research/study/survey that looked at how much publishers charge authors if they want to make their books (textbooks or research books) open access? I am most interested in the field of ...
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Why pay a fee to have your article (in a subscription-based journal) made open access when you can just put the preprint on arXiv?

Upon acceptance, some journals offer open access through an optional fee. This model differs from the usual open access model in which all authors pay a fee and all accepted papers are accessible ...
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If an author does not intend to make much revenue from a book, why not make it open-access?

Many authors do not intend to make much revenue from books (textbooks or research books) they contribute to, yet they don't make it open access. Why?
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Bulk download Sci-Hub papers [closed]

I wonder whether it is possible to bulk download all papers stored in Sci-Hub. I am aware of the questions: Is there a more user-friendly way to download multiple articles from arXiv? Bulk ...
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Is it OK to refuse to cite paywalled papers?

I wonder how reviewers would react if authors of a submitted paper refuse to cite paywalled papers. Is it a valid reason to refuse citing some papers? I am mostly interested in the field of computer ...
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How to find the money for an Open Access publication fee, if you're a postdoc and you don't have any funds?

Last year I finished my PhD in Europe and now I'm a postdoc in North America. I work on computer science. An year ago I wrote a paper with my former Europen supervisor and a former colleague, and ...
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Are there potential negative repercussions for reviewing articles submitted to dubious or predatory journals? [duplicate]

I received a request to review a paper for Scientia Iranica. The request came in cold; I have no idea how. But I am trying to be a good citizen and am contemplating if I should do the review. My ...
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Why do some MOOCs close their enrollment?

I have noticed that quite frequently MOOCs close their enrollment, and content is made available only for students who are enrolled. Why? Example:
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Concerted efforts to digitalize MS and PhD theses?

Some universities digitize their masters and doctoral theses already and some of them even share them for free online. However, there are enough that are not digitized that inter-library loan remains ...
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Why don't academics bypass restrictions on the distribution of their papers the same way as an institutional open access policy seems to do?

I've learned that academics can ensure that their papers can be freely distributed, even when those papers are published at places that require transferring copyright, simply by granting a ...
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Sources to cover open-access fees

As this question mentions and as I know from my (limited) experience, some journals demand a high fee to make the articles you submit to be available as open-access. For example, a quote from JVSTB ...
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Are Harvard-style open access policies lawful under civil law? [closed]

Open access policies such as that of Harvard or MIT are implemented by granting the university some non-exclusive rights on the works written by faculty. This is very useful as it circumvents ...
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Preparing an IEEE conference accepted manuscript for arxiving

What exactly do I need to do when arxiving a accepted manuscript to an IEEE conference? Which license to select on arxiv? Do I need to add the reference/doi not only to the arxiv metadata but also the ...
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How to know if an open-access philosophy journal is good? [duplicate]

I'm considering submitting a paper to an open-access philosophy journal that is not indexed, and hence ranked in the impact factor (thomson reuters, etc.). However, there are big names in the ...
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Do publishers simply waive their exclusive rights without any resistance?

Assumption based upon my experience from CS: Typically, the business model of academic publishers is to archive and disseminate papers whose authors have transferred exclusive publication rights to ...
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Finding all communication related to any research paper

Is there any resource (blog or website) where one can find all communication related to any published scientific paper? For example I found some advise on how to write a "rebuttal letters" but not a "...
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What is the difference between open access and open archive?

In Elsevier ScienceDirect search, there are two types of access type filters; Open Access articles and Open Archive articles. What is the difference between these two? Is there a notable difference ...
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Are there open-access, free, non-topical academic data and research archives?

I am looking for an archive where anyone can deposit both data and research papers, which does not require creators or users to pay, does not require registration for users to access materials (hence ...
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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? [closed]

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 ...