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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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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 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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How to publish an academic book but make the PDF freely available online?

Background I like the idea of writing an academic book. It currently looks better on a CV when applying for jobs, grants, promotions, etc. than a blog post, or a website. Libraries and people ...
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Why can't we just use platforms such as arXiv for proper peer-reviewed publishing?

Many of you will know that, whether per subscription fees or via open access models, there is a ridiculously absurd amount of money flowing to many big (or medium-size) publishers for getting our ...
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Access to scientific articles that cite mine after leaving academia

I used to work in academia. I was lucky enough to publish important papers in peer reviewed journals that now regularly get cited by other papers in peer reviewed journals. I have left academia to ...
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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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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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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, non-...
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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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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 publishing a paper. (They usually only publish in local journals.) All the info I'...
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Does gold open-access with article processing charge (APC) 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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Are open access papers read by a larger readership than paywalled papers?

One of the potential upsides of open access papers is that they can be accessed by anyone for free, including people who don't live or work in a university. As a result, one might think that non-"...
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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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Why do universities have to spend money on journals?

Obviously this is a question in the light of the recent Elsevier boycott. Currently we do have an arXiv, maintained by academia and where researchers regularly upload parts of their work. In such a ...
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Is there any disadvantage to having open-access publications?

Is there any compulsory rule for researchers to have publications in restricted access publication platforms? What if one has majority of his publications in open access journals?
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How serious can this review invitation be?

I published my first article a while ago, nothing special, just rigorous formalization of some well-known facts. Now I got a mail writing We have read about your published precious paper in ...
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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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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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Do all preprint servers have the non-updating issue in google scholar

It has been identified on stackexchange that Google Scholar has a bug where ArXiv publications are not updated to match the final journal publication information in google scholar (for several months)...
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How future-proof is the arXiv license?

The arXiv license is the "default" license under which most preprints are being submitted to the arXiv at least in my subject. Out of dark curiosity, I am wondering how safe it is at doing ...
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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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Do we really need gold open access if publishers permit self-archiving and sharing?

Several well-established journals nowadays allow self-archiving or sharing of articles through an institutional repository. For instance, Elsevier allows immediate sharing of the accepted manuscript ...
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I mistakenly chose the CC BY 4.0 license on arxiv. Can anyone take my paper and publish it in a journal or conference?

I recently submitted an under-review paper to arxiv. I mistakenly chose CC BY 4.0 as the license. I suddenly found out that I've done that mistake. Can anyone publish my paper in a journal or ...
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Is it advisable to put entire source of my thesis up on GitHub?

I've been using git for a while and now GitHub. I'm starting to write a master's thesis. Would it be a good idea to upload all the files to online public repositories? Does anyone have any experience ...
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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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How to get academic search engines only search in open access journals?

Sometimes I work from home, and for security reasons it is not possible to connect to the campus computers. I use Google Scholar for finding papers and so, but from home, most of the journals can not ...
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How to make my papers accessible to other researchers?

I have published some papers in some conferences, but the problem is that the people in charge put them in bibliographic repositories, such as DBLP, and they take too much time to do that. I would ...
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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 can I make my papers available on Sci-Hub?

An essential assumption of this question is that I own, without restriction, the copyright of my papers. I am a novice Sci-Hub user. How do I make my papers available to other Sci-Hub users? Edit: ...
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How to withdraw your paper from an open access journal where it has been accepted?

My paper got accepted in a mediocre open access journal. However later I found out that its publishing fees was too high. What would be the correct way of asking a withdrawal of your article from ...
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What are alternatives to Journal of Theoretical Biology? [closed]

I am considering joining the recent boycott of Elsevier, however I work with biologists on theoretical/mathematical biology (in particular, evolutionary game theory and population biology). However, ...
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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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When can I safely use CC-BY license on arXiv?

On arXiv one can license a preprint on one of the following (see also a note on arXiv on licenses): arXiv.org perpetual, non-exclusive license to distribute this article (Minimal rights required by ...
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What is the effect of a journal going open-access on its impact factor?

I recently saw this reasonably interesting graphic regarding journals and open access. As many of you know, there is a large discussion about open access. It appears to be most strong within ...
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How to deal with scooping when doing open-source tools development?

I am developing a tool for bioinformatics ... it is an application that will be open source when finished. It is something that has use outside of bioinformatics as well. I am also using some open ...
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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 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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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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What will happen to non open-access publications in the UK after 2014?

The UK recently decided that from 2014, all research papers supported by public funds must be published in open-access journals. For instance, the Research Councils UK announced a new policy stating ...
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What journals do not allow open access to published material?

An increasing number of funding organizations require publications on the research that they fund to be open access, i.e. available to the public without having to subscribe to a journal or pay a fee. ...
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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 and how commonly are scientists concerned about open peer review?

Some years ago I published an article in a Copernicus Open Access Journal. They have a peer review process called Interactive Public Peer Review, i.e. the pre-print and the reviews are open access. ...
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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 ...
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Arxiv equivalent for medical research article

I'm looking for a suggestion, for a medical journal counter part to the arxiv. A minimal frill, open access online repository to time stamp articles with some visibility.
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What are the pros and cons of submitting same paper to more than one open repository?

What if I submit a same preprint to several open access repositories, e.g. arxiv, vixra, philica etc.? I guess doing so would give to a paper more visibility. But would it be a bad practice? Would it ...
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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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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 download ...
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Does journal access significantly influence choice in which journal to publish in? [closed]

The University of California has been out of contract with Elsevier this year following disputes on higher costs and reduced rights to a number of journals. My lab has published numerous papers in ...
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As a junior researcher, should I pay my own article processing charge for career reasons?

I am a researcher a few years out of PhD competing in a field where there are very few jobs. I have a sole author paper coming out which received very good reviews. The journal is Hybrid Open Access, ...
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Which license should be chosen in arXiv for a paper to be published in Elsevier?

I would like to know what license needs to be chosen in arXiv for a paper that is to be sent to an Elsevier journal. I have read the terms of both arXiv and Elsevier attentively, but I'm still in ...
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