Switzerland-based Frontiers is launching its first library science journal, to be called Frontiers in Library and Information Science. There are already hundreds of LIS journals — does the world really need another one? Plus, it’s expensive to publish here.
Here are the “facts” about the journal, as found here.
The journal has launched even without an ISSN, and it claims that it will have a PubMed Central ID (PMCID), which is strange, because few library science journals are indexed in this medical database.
The fee for authors from developed countries for this journal will be US $1900, a fee that few library or information science researchers will be able to afford. There are discounts for “special issues” and for chief, associate or review editors of Frontiers.
The new journal is now spamming for editorial board members, yet no names are listed on the journal’s editorial board page.
I imagine that the journal will attract little if any significant research from librarians, library science researchers, or information scientists. Library science is a field where researchers are not accustomed to paying for publication, much like anthropology.
In fact, a recent editorial in the journal American Anthropologist reported that
“surveys of AAA [American Anthropological Association] members have consistently indicated strong opposition to authors’ fees” .
I think any survey would find the same for my field — library science. Librarians think those in other fields should pay author fees to enable open-access, but not us.
Frontiers is known for its strange marketing, recruiting thousands of editors and editorial board members who are charged with drumming up business for the company, much like Amway.
The publisher Frontiers is not on my list, though I do regularly receive inquiries and complaints about it. I will be monitoring this new library science journal. I especially want to see which library scientists choose to publish here and which have access to $1900 to pay article fees.
. Chibnik, Michael. (2015). From the editor: Open access. American Anthropologist 117, no. 2: 225-228.
Hat tip: Dr. Judit H. Ward