Open access and online publishing: a new frontier in nursing? - Watson - 2012 - Journal of Advanced Nursing - Wiley Online Library 2012-07-30


Use the link to access the full text article from the Journal of Advanced Nursing, a Wiley publication. The introduction opens as follows: “From the days when some of us laughed at the prospect of electronic and online publishing as something that was unlikely to ‘catch on’ we now have the instructive benefit of considerable hindsight to show just how wrong we were. There is now an onslaught of electronic and online reading material and the many ways it is made available: PCs; laptops; tablets; Kindles; mobile phones, iPods and iPads. There is a synergy between the availability of online material and the portable electronic means whereby it can be read. Moreover, there is a remarkable growth in the ways information and publications can be shared, especially through social networking sites, such as Twitter, Facebook and Alongside newspapers, books and newsletters, the academic publishing industry has kept apace of these developments and most academics open their daily dose of emails to find invitations about online journals; these invitations include subscribing – usually at no cost – submitting articles, or becoming an editor or member of the editorial board. Joining these journals as part of the editorial team or choosing to subscribe is an individual choice as, to a large extent, is submission. However, while joining or subscribing may have a neutral to slightly positive effect on your CV, the consequences of publication are not neutral as these journals are obviously in competition with other online journals and with those journals which follow the more traditional route of being produced in volumes in hard copy; albeit that they mostly provide copy online. In most cases, each accepted article published by online journals requires payment as they nearly all follow the pattern of making their content open access to subscribers, which means that subscribers (and non-subscribers) can download articles without cost. The question arises therefore of why an academic would submit an article to an online journal when there are routes that do not require payment; these routes to publication are well established and, in some cases, the journals bear considerable prestige. The situation is becoming increasingly complex as the ‘traditional’ route journals open up as much of their content as is commercially viable; often making selected issues and selected papers free of charge. Some previously hard copy journals are now only available online. In addition, in direct response to the open access requirements of research grant awarding bodies – to be discussed below – these journals are also providing the facility for authors to pay to make their paper open access. This also ensures the more established publishing houses a share of the online market. Ironically, the cost of doing this is presently cheaper for some publishers than the considerable cost of certain open access journals (e.g. BioMed Central etc.)...”



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Date tagged:

07/30/2012, 18:00

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07/30/2012, 20:07