Open Access (21) Myth 2: Open access journals discriminate against authors who cannot afford article processing charges (2) Predatory journals

1 August, 2019

The issue that José describes is an example of predatory publishing, and like José I was also recently taken in by what seemed to be a genuine journal but turned out to be a predatory publisher.

I don't see a solution to the issue of discrimination against those who cannot pay the publication charges. Unless the journal is produced by a professional organisation as part of their mission, someone has to pay. It is either the reader or the writer. If you have a research grant, you can include the fee in the grant, but unfunded research is much more difficult to find an outlet in an open access journal.


Dick Heller

Emeritus Professor

Universities of Manchester, UK, and Newcastle, Australia

Coordinator Peoples-uni

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HIFA profile: Richard Heller is coordinator of People's Open Access Education Initiative, Peoples-uni, which aims to build Public Health capacity in low- to middle-income countries through Internet based education, using open access educational resources. Dick is a retired Professor of Public Health from Manchester University, UK.

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