Magazine article Times Higher Education

Would-Be Heavyweights: The Rise of Open Access Mega-Journals

Magazine article Times Higher Education

Would-Be Heavyweights: The Rise of Open Access Mega-Journals

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This graph shows the dramatic rise of open access mega-journals such as Plos One, which offer to publish papers based on their scientific soundness rather than the significance or novelty of the results, and which accept research across a broad range of disciplines.

Two journals dominate: Plos One, which published nearly 27,500 papers in 2015, and Scientific Reports, a sister publication of Nature, which published 10,600.

But Plos One publications are down 9 per cent on last year, and a monthly analysis found that Scientific Reports overtook it in September this year.

Advocates argue that accepting articles simply because they are scientifically sound cuts rejection rates and saves time; but mega-journals, which charge to publish articles, have also been accused of being "cash cows" to subsidise publishers' other, more selective journals. …

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