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Title: Email solicitation for scholarly work - a single researcher’s perspective
Authors: Bugeja, Justine
Grech, Victor E.
Keywords: Selective dissemination of information
Peer review
Open access publishing
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Citation: Bugeja, J., & Grech, V. E. (2015). Email solicitation for scholarly work - a single researcher’s perspective. Journal of Visual Communication in Medicine, 38(3-4), 231-233.
Abstract: Introduction: Publishing is important for career progression. The traditional journal model results in subscribers bearing publication costs. The eagerness with which researchers seek journals for the publishing of their work, along with the internet, has resulted in the creation of a new model called open access (OA). Author/s or their institution/s pay an actual publication fee. This has in turn resulted in the creation of questionable journals which charge steep publishing fees. Methods: Emails soliciting publication to one of the authors (VG) were collected for the month of March 2015. Information collected included costs of OA publishing, and whether or not this information was readily available. The appropriateness of said solicitations was also assessed with regard to topics with which the targeted author was familiar. Results: There was a total of 44 solicitations: 3 were duplicates. Out of 41 solicitations, 20 (49%) were appropriate. The open access fee was readily available in 27 out of 41 solicitations (66%). The open access fee averaged $475, ranging from $25 to $1500. The only journal which provided true OA was Medical Principles and Practice, with no fees charged whatsoever. Discussion: Potential authors should carefully investigate OA journals prior to choosing journals wherein to submit their work.
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