Kishore Vattikoti "“Open Access Publishing is ‘No-more Predatory’: A Step to Golden Era of Research”
Attorney , OMICS International
OPEN ACCESS PUBLISHING IS "NO-MORE
PREDATORY”-A STEP TO GOLDEN ERA OF RESEARCH
CONCEPT OF PREDATORY OPEN ACCESS
The word “Predatory” is undesirable term for open-access publishing.
Open-Access determines the direction and scope of a research work by
creating an open platform for the researchers in the similar field to share
their ideas openly thereby becoming a reliable platform for publishing
and accessing the research.
The authors are the scholars or researchers in a particular field, who are
well qualified personalities and are capable enough of justifying and
choosing the Journals in which they desire to publish their work
considering various factors which influences the criteria of getting the
grants of scholarship or funds that shall be allocated to their research
The Open-Access is made a “Prey” as it is being accepted widely by the
scholarly world and thereby the existence of the Pay-Access publishers
and their associates may fall into “question” in the near future.
The term “predatory Open Access” is derived by some criticisms that are
afraid of rapid growth and wide acceptance of the Open Access model
across the world, as it has already shown its impact on of Global South and
it has its roots even in the Global North.
The essential features of Open-Access publishing as a reliable source of
Open-Access is believed to be the reliable and efficient source for
publishing peer-reviewed, scholarly journals on the internet.
This model enables the researchers to publish and access their research
work easily without any limitations which could be the basis for golden era
This model of publishing only collects the APC(Article Processing
Charges) to meet their day to day editorial, administrative, technical
It doesn’t put any restrictions on accessing the research work. It creates an
open platform, where the authors can share and access the research in a
particular field of work.
DEFINING THE TERM
The term “Predatory” is derived from some criticisms that are afraid of
rapid growth and wide acceptance of the Open-Access model of
Publishing across the world.
The Open-Access Publishing cannot be called “Predatory” only because
most of OA Publishers do solicit emails to the authors in the relevant
field of work.
The emerging small publishers and independent journals to explore
themselves to be the part of the publishing industry. They strive to get
the customers to their business by way of undesirable solicitation of
But the authors or consumers of these small businesses are not so
innocent to publish their work in any of the journals who do send the
email invitations requesting them for publishing their research work in
their journals. There by the term “Predatory” is not the desirable term to
be applied to the Open-Access model of Publishing.
OPEN-ACCESS HAS BEEN MADE
With considerable acceptance from across the globe the pay-access
publishers together with few librarians who feared of their
existence has termed this reliable platform as “Predatory” as their
existence has been in question.
The major work of the “Scholarly OA.com” or any other agencies
who supports this concept is to threaten the Open-Access and
mitigate their influence on the publishing, thereby to protect the
interests of the established Pay-Access publishers who intend to
support them, have assumed open-access publishing to be termed
These questionable “critics” could not mitigate the influence of
Open-Access publishing but in turn contributed in publicizing the
knowledge of having an alternative to the Pay-Access Publishing
across the Scholarly world.
WIDE ACCEPTANCE ACROSS
If this model of publishing is really meant “Predatory” why would most
of the universities and other academic institutions across of the globe
widely accept and adopt this prospective model of Publishing.
Open-Access model has an advantage of rapid publishing unlike Pay-
Access or Subscription model of Publishing, who in some instances may
take few years to publish the work and the authors/scholars who intend
to publish their research in a short span of time can utilize this
opportunity but should ensure the “peer-review” is strictly followed.
There should be a regulatory framework designed across the OA
publishers to regulate and implement the best publishing practices.
The main problem is to trace and implement strategic Solution to
overcome the impression of “Predatory” in the Open-Access
THE INTRODUCTION OF OPEN-ACCESS GRID
There is a need for introduction of a Open-Access Grid which is the
central review system for approving the articles which intend to be
published by the member Open-Access Publisher.
The members of this grid would be the prominent Open-Access
The members should lay down the guidelines and framework which
should be the basis for carrying out the Publishing process by all the
The guidelines and framework should be designed in such a way so as to
overcome the so-called “Prey" kind of Open publishing practices.
Each article that is intended to be published in any Open-Access
journals must be sent to the Grid to get its assent.
The scope of so-called “Predatory” can be eradicated by this kind of
strategy. As the quality of the Publishing increases there are more
chances of getting articles from the authors without doing any
solicitations and the chances of getting the journals indexed in reputed
databases are high.
The so called “Predatory "open-access publishers should
build the strategies in such a way that there shouldn’t be
any requirement for solicitations- Which is believed to be
improving the quality of publishing.
The Open-Access Publishers should consider to design a
framework that mitigates the requirement for solicitations
There is need for the introduction of a regulatory grid for
the Open-Access publishing which should be empowered
to monitor the publishing practices of all the publishers
who are members in the Grid.
OPEN-ACCESS REGULATORY GRID
1.1. Strategy should be
dictated by the Grid’s
unique resources and
2. The environment in the
Grid should be transparent
and the objectives must be
so designed to give its best
to regulate the entire
publishing process of all
the member publishers of
Design of theDesign of the
proposed OA Gridproposed OA Grid