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Kishore Vattikoti "“Open Access Publishing is ‘No-more Predatory’: A Step to Golden Era of Research”


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Kishore Vattikoti "“Open Access Publishing is ‘No-more Predatory’: A Step to Golden Era of Research”

  2. 2. CONCEPT OF PREDATORY OPEN ACCESS PUBLISHING  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 work.  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.  
  3. 3. INTRODUCTION 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 Publishing: 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 of research. This model of publishing only collects the APC(Article Processing Charges) to meet their day to day editorial, administrative, technical expenses. 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.
  4. 4. DEFINING THE TERM “PREDATORY”:  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 emails.  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.
  5. 5. OPEN-ACCESS HAS BEEN MADE “PREDATORY”  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” 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 as “predatory”.  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.
  6. 6. WIDE ACCEPTANCE ACROSS THE WORLD  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.
  7. 7. PROBLEM STATEMENT  The main problem is to trace and implement strategic Solution to overcome the impression of “Predatory” in the Open-Access Publishing.
  8. 8. 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 publisher’s representatives.  The members should lay down the guidelines and framework which should be the basis for carrying out the Publishing process by all the member Publishers.  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.
  9. 9. THE CONCLUSIONS 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. 1 2 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. 3
  10. 10. OPEN-ACCESS REGULATORY GRID 1.1. Strategy should be dictated by the Grid’s unique resources and capabilities. 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 the Grid. Design of theDesign of the proposed OA Gridproposed OA Grid
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