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.

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Dick Heller

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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. www.peoples-uni.org

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