I heard somewhere that publishing in open access (OA) journals is not a good strategy and such papers may be less valuable (specially for who want to apply for a PhD program in EU and North America)! However, I think this is not a strong remark but publishing in low level and paid journals form unknown publishers is thought to be less constructive for the resume. Specifically, I mean journals and magazines by highly esteemed publishers such as Elsevier, Springer and Hindawi.

What’s the fact about OA journals?

I am writing a review paper in the field of engineering.

At the moment the paper is 20 pages and I am afraid that this goes up to 80 pages when it is finished.

I was thinking about making it open access. However, I am afraid to break the paper into several parts and pay the open access fee multiple times which I definitely could not afford.

Could anyone please advise how much is the page limit for an open access review paper in IEEE and Elsevier. If my paper is not publishable there, where else could be a valid and feasible journal for me?

When presenting a scientific poster at a conference, I am often asked by colleagues if they can get a copy of the poster. Often, I have DIN A4 prints ready (quite hard to read…) and I am also happy to share them via email, if somebody is interested.

It would all be much easier if I could just upload the poster to some open repository where it is archived such that I just need to share a link.

Neither arXiv seems to be the right place for it, nor figshare. Is there some open repository for scientific posters which I missed so far?

I’d like to put two preprints on OSF to make them available for everyone. One paper is already published, the other is in print. I’ve checked on SHERPA/RoMEO if the publisher allows preprint to be put on another server and everything seems to be ok. For example for the Journal “Nursing Ethics” it says “author can archive pre-print” and “author can archive post-print”.

I then tried to upload the preprint to OSF, but I don’t understand the option for licensing. I can either choose

- CCO 1.0 Universal
- No License
- CC-By Attribution 4.0 International

I’ve read the FAQs on licensing but I don’t understand these options well enough and I’m wondering if the right choice depends on the publisher’s copyright policy. So which one shall I choose?

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 FORMALIZED MATHEMATICS titled About Quotient Orders and Ordering Sequences, and the topic of the paper has impressed us a lot.
The paper has attracted attention from researchers and scholars specializing in quotient order; ordered finite sequences.

Especially the last part looks manufactured, that are just the keywords extracted.

On behalf of the Editorial Board of the journal, we sincerely invite you to join our team as the editorial board member or reviewer of ******. Taking your academic background and rich experience in this field into account, the Board believe that you are quite qualified for this position. We believe that your position as the editorial board member or reviewer will shine a light on your research in related fields.

“academic background and rich experience” Yeah, but no. Really, really no, at this point in time.

So the email is clearly generated automatically, but the links seem to work and the journal does have entries in Google Scholar and an archive on their website, it is not a scam per se. It is an Open Access and Peer reviewed journal, but it is obvious I was just some entry and no one looked at my paper (or my academic background) seriously.

How serious can such an invitation be? Since it’s a peer reviewed journal, are they just frantically looking for reviewers? Would they even consider a positive reaction of me, due to my academic short comings which start with me not even having a M.Sc. yet?

I’m specifically not asking for career advice. I’m not in the league of publication for too long, I don’t really know how things like becoming a reviewer work, if this would be payed for anyhow, etc. If this mail constitutes a bad practice I would like to know because I will likely get more of these in the future.

I am a student who is very enthusiastic about open access and sharing research. When I worked with my former supervisor, we would write a paper and then post it to a preprint server (e.g., arXiv) at the same time as submitting it to a venue. My current supervisor, however, is of the mindset that we should post a preprint after receiving confirmation that the paper was accepted to some venue.

Is there a generally-accepted time to post a preprint?

Why would a scientist or mathematician want to publish a paper under the Creative Commons CC BY licence? This licence allows the work to be modified. Why would you want to allow a scientific paper to be altered?

Yet Arxiv at https://arxiv.org/help/license seems to offer only licences that allow changes.

Similary Nature Communications at http://www.nature.com/ncomms/about/open-access:

“Nature Communications articles are published open access under a CC BY license”.

The CC licences that do not allow change are the ones with ND (no derive). So the natural choice would seem to be either BY-ND or BY-NC-ND. Can anyone shed light?

I recently wanted to read one conference paper and one journal article. The conference paper is named Division by invariant integers using multiplication. By clicking on the “All 9 versions” link on Google Scholar, I found the full paper on gmplib.org.

The journal article is named improved division by invariant integers. It is also available at several sources as PDF.

Why do publishers allow such redistribution of papers / preprints? I mean, if everyone is doing the same as I’m doing, the main revenue source of publishers will go away. Is it because publishers obtain their main revenue from university libraries? If I can’t find a PDF preprint of an article, the next thing I’m going to do is to try to find the article through my university library.

We are about to finish the development of a bioinformatic tool (plant genomic study) and we want to publish it in an open access journal. The thing is that our institution in Argentina provides no funding for publishing. I’ve already written to Scientific Reports asking for a APC waiver and they grant us with 20% discount because they have knowledge about our situation. Although a nice bonus, we do not count with the money for paying the remaining (about 1360 USD). We’ve also written to other journals like frontiers of plant science but still did not receive an answer.

What journal do you think that we could apply in our situation?

Do you know any institutions that can fund open research for third parties?