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Science: How to tell good open-access from bad

From Science last week comes an interesting discussion of the exploding landscape of open-access journals. While institutions and academic departments are encouraging researchers to publish in open-access journals–sometimes to the point of paying for all or part of the author fees–there are a great many journals in circulation with extremely poor editorial processes. The economic model of open-access journals–which make more money the more articles they publish rather than the more subscribers they retain–is in some cases an open invitation to shoddy science, plagiarism, ‘gaming’ of impact factor scores, and other questionable practices.

Enserink, M. (2012). As open access explodes, how to tell the good from the bad and the ugly? Science, 338(6110), 1018.

DOI: 10.1126/science.338.6110.1018

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