6 Responses to New OA Publisher Launches with 99 Journals

  1. […] boom non si ferma.  Jeffrey Beall ha scoperto un editore che lancia 99 riviste già “indicizzate” anche se non hanno ancora […]

  2. henry cornelius says:

    dear Sir
    please how does one start a genuine journal. Africans can’t pay 1000 us dollars as the european journals request so they go after asians . I am trying to start one

    • patsey says:

      @ henry cornelius: why do you think you need to start a journal when there are loads of existing academic journals in every field housed by reputable publishers like Taylor and Francis, Elsevier, Sage, Palgrave Macmillan, etc, who would not charge you a penny to get your work publish after they’ve been thoroughly peer-reviewed. I would rather stick to these than submit valuable research findings to predatory journals set up simply to scam people.

    • tekija says:

      Most European journals publish free of charge. In my field, over 90 percent of them.

  3. Nils says:

    Dear Henry,
    Most serious journals I know do not ask for any publication fee.

    • JATdS says:

      Henry Cornelius is asking a valid question. But most of the responses were unrelated and only gave opinions about publishing fees, thus not addressing Cornelius’ concerns. As can be seen, anyone can basically start a new journal, and in many cases, an individual can be called a “publisher”. Some personal advice: 1) Only start a journal if there is a new and unexplored, or porrly represented niche. So, if your field of study or speciality is in ecological genetics of insects, and there are few journals that deal with such specific topics, then yes, a new journal would be welcome, but most likely it would only attract a limited number of good authors (initially). So, niche+ originality are essential. 2) It does not take much to establish an open access or online journal, but you need basic knowledge about programming, or computer code, such as html, PHP, etc. Some “template” sites exist, and unfortunately many of the “predatory” OA journals use these, which makes it difficult to distinguish a “predator” from a genuine jorunal because the surface looks professional. So, in terms of site, server, skilled staff and background, not much is required, but there is a minimum for good functionality to occur. You do not need pseudo-metrics like ISSN numbers or impact factors or Copernicus scores to boost your journal. 3) Ethics. If you do not fundamentally believe in ethics, preach it, and practice it, then give up your idea. Checking for plagiarism, duplication, and originality are basic essential requirements. You do not need to follow any established “guidelines” or join any groups like COPE, WAME, ICMJE. You just have to use basic common sense and good publishing practice and ethics. 4) If you claim peer review, then you better exercise peer review. Establish an editor board before you start to publish the journal. Make sure that peer reviews are blind or double blind. If any peer rejects a paper, then the paper should be rejected, if the reasons are valid. But, authors have the right to challenge a decision and to request a fresh peer review if they can address the weaknesses. 5) Fees. These must be reasonable, not exploratory. Ideally, try to obtain sponsorship and keep the model free to publish. After all, you receive the intellectual contributions of scientists, so why charge them? Money should stay out of the science equation. That removes conflicts of interest associated with the scholarly content. If you make profit, then reward authors with royalties, editors with service, and peers with consultative professional services. That is fair and correct. 6) Small things, but important ones. Don’t spam, don’t cheat. Don’t insult. Always respond to queries. Be open. Be transparent. Be honest. Be communicative. If you cannot satisfy at least these 6 basic principles, then a new journal is meaningless, and just adds noise to the system.

      Regarding the secod part of Henry’s comment. Usually African’s don’t have to pay OA fees. Many OA journals use a “discount” procedure for developing countries. But I do agree that many models exploit Asians, particularly Chinese and Japanese, simply because they have the funding to support OA. The characterization that most European journals charge 1000 euros is incorrect. Many traditional, established publishers like Springer, Elsevier, Taylor and Francis or Wiley, which are primarily European, do not charge for publishing, but only charge for OA. In that sense, the traditional model is extremely fair, but coyright is transferred to the publisher whereas in most non-predatory OA models, the authors retain their copyright.

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