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Open access publishing in nursing

Tools for finding and evaluating open access journals in nursing

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Open access publishing in nursing

  1. 1. pen Access Journals in Nursing LINDA HAUCK & BARBARA QUINTILIANO, FALVEY MEMORIAL LIBRARY NOVEMBER 10 & 12, 2015
  2. 2. Would you or wouldn’t you publish your research in this open access journal?
  3. 3. Open Access is not for me  Perception of tenure and promotion committee members  Stop those annoying spam emails about publishing, editing and reviewing!  Potential loss of reputation…Bohannon sting  Fear & loathing of “Predatory Publishers”  Potential loss of copyright  Are they really peer reviewed?  Way too $expensive$ article processing charges
  4. 4. Open Access is the way to go  Perception of tenure and promotion committee members  Perceptions of my research peers  Potentially greater impact among scholars  Potentially wider impact outside discipline and academia  Quicker publication cycle  Social good gained by making scholarship widely available  Contributing to suppressing overall journal costs
  5. 5. The What and Why of Open Access “Open access (OA) literature is digital, online, free of charge and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions.” Source: Suber, P. (2012) Open Access. Retrieved from access “Electronic publication now enables preparation, distribution, access, and archiving of articles at a fraction of the cost of the comparable print publications of earlier times. However, the subscription costs to university libraries of many major journals do not reflect these reduced costs… The federal government makes massive investments in researchers, staff, and facilities to advance knowledge; publishers do not. Universities similarly make big investments in research. University faculty generally are the authors, editors, and reviewers of the articles coming out of that research. To get their articles published, faculty usually must transfer significant copyrights to the publishers. Then the publishers sell back to the universities the very content they as a group produced, and at steadily higher subscription prices. The system is fundamentally broken. Source: editors--editorial-board-members-in-protest-of-elseviers-pricing-policies
  6. 6. The Journal Context: Revenue Models Open Access-Author or Funder Pays Ads Funder & Institution Subsidies Article Processing Charges Subscription- Reader Pays Ads Submission Fees Site Licenses Subscriptions
  7. 7. The Journal Context: Organization Models For Profit  Springer Publishing: Private Company Open Access publisher of BioMed Central and many subscription journals.  Hindawi: private, foreign, commercial, open access  Elsevier foreign, public company, publishes subscription, hybrid and gold open access (Asian Nursing Research), 2008 Margin 33.4%  Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, subsidiary of Wolters Kluwer (foreign, public) publishes subscription, many for societies, 2008 Margin 12.5%. Non-Profit  PLOS Medicine: California Non-Profit, public financials, all open access journals., 2008 Margin -14.7%  American Medical Association: society, public financials, mostly subscription models, 2008 Margin 55% Source Margins: Dorsey, E. R., George, B. P., Dayoub, E. J., & Ravina, B. M. (2011). Finances of the publishers of the most highly cited US medical journals. Journal of the Medical Library Association : JMLA, 99(3), 255–258.
  8. 8. Growth Open Access CAGR OA Revenue 33.8% CAGR OA Journals 76.8% Source: Newman, E., & Strempel, D. (2014). Open Access Journal Publishing 2014-2017. Stamford, CT: Simba Information.
  9. 9. Color Coded Modes of Access  Conventional Journals (AKA Subscriptions)-Toll access, copyrights often transferred  Gold Open Access-barrier free access and permissions delivered via journals PLOS Biomedical  Green Open Access-barrier free access and permissions delivered via institutional, personal or subject repositories/archives Example: Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository or George Washington University Health Sciences Research Commons Nursing  Hybrid Open Access-Subscription is the default, but barrier free access for articles authored by paying article processing charge (APC) Example: Elsevier  Public Access-barrier free access without permissions (typically for funder mandates, via journal or repository/archive Example: PubMed Central  Others such at Platinum or Delayed…
  10. 10.  Hindawi membership  Scholarship Open Access Reserve (SOAR) Fund Adopted 2015  Falvey Library accepting applications from full time faculty to cover article processing charges ups to $2000 to publish in “gold” open access journal. Must be accepted for publication. Must exhaust alternative sources of funding. Library Resource Council journal vetting process.  Application: 
  11. 11. Quality Indicators and Tools  Is the journal listed on the Directory of Open Access Journals DOAJ?  Is the journal archived? LOCKSS  Is the journal a member of a “best practices” publishing group?  Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association  International Academy of Nursing Editors Nurse Author & Editor  International Associations of Scientific, Technical and Medical Publishers
  12. 12. Quality Indicators and Tools  Can you verify that the journal is indexed by appropriate databases such as CINHAL or PubMed or journals referenced in NCBI databases? (  Does the journal have an impact factor? Verify it! Incites Journal Citation Report How does the journal compare to known quality journals in SCImago Journal Rank or H Index?  Are the authors guidelines clear? Is there transparency with regard to article processing charges, ethics statements regarding conflicts of interest & data availability?
  13. 13. The Duck Song, John Flynn If it looks like a duck and it quacks like a duck And there's duck-do on your pick-up truck Buddy you can bet your bottom buck It ain't no armadillo
  14. 14. Warning Signs  Inclusion on Beall’s List  Solicitation/Spam  Short publication history  Publication of poor quality papers  Editorial board composition credentials weak or not verifiable  Unverifiable metrics, connection to societies  Content not easily discoverable on appropriate platforms (google scholar, PubMed)
  15. 15. Open Access Nursing Journals: Identification Tools
  16. 16. Repository Deposit/Archiving Aids Author Addendum facilitating retention of copyright Directory of scholarly journals with quick and easy access to archiving policies
  17. 17. U.S. Funders Regulations Permitting ACP  ty_of_costs_activities.htm 
  18. 18. Additional References  Alpi, K., Cross, W., & Davis, H. (2013). Support When It Counts: Library Roles in Public Access to Federally Funded Research. Presented at the Charleston Library Conference. Retrieved from  Bonhannon, J. (2013). Who’s afraid of peer review? Science, 342(6154), 60–65.  Clobridge, A. (2015). Tracking Progress With and Impact of Open Access and Open Data. Online Searcher, 39(5), 68–70 3p.  Crawford, W. (2002). Free electronic refereed journals: getting past the arc of enthusiasm. Learned Publishing, 15(2), 117–123.  David Matthews. (2015, October 10). Open access papers “more likely to be cited on Twitter” | Times Higher Education [blog]. Retrieved October 23, 2015, from  Dorsey, E. R., George, B. P., Dayoub, E. J., & Ravina, B. M. (2011). Finances of the publishers of the most highly cited US medical journals. Journal of the Medical Library Association : JMLA, 99(3), 255–258.  Fulton, Janet S. (2015). Publish and Perish?: Clinical Nurse Specialist, 29(6), 303–304.  Laakso, M., Welling, P., Bukvova, H., Nyman, L., Björk, B.-C., & Hedlund, T. (2011). The Development of Open Access Journal Publishing from 1993 to 2009. PLoS ONE, 6(6), e20961.  Newman, E., & Strempel, D. (2014). Open Access Journal Publishing 2014-2017. Stamford, CT: Simba Information.  Shen, C., & Björk, B.-C. (2015). “Predatory” open access: a longitudinal study of article volumes and market characteristics. BMC Medicine, 13(1).  Suber, P. (2012) Open Access. Retrieved from  West, J., Bergstrom, T., & Bergstrom, C. (2014). Cost effectiveness of open acces publications. Economic Inquiry, 52(4), 1315–1321.  Zuckerman, E. (2014, February 26). Non-profit vs. for-profit open-access journals: what’s the diff? Retrieved from