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Open-access mega-journals: The publisher perspective (Part 2: operational realities)

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posted on 06.12.2018 by Simon Wakeling, Valerie Spezi, Claire Creaser, Jenny Fry, Stephen Pinfield, Peter Willett
This paper is the second of two Learned Publishing articles in which we report the results of a series of interviews, with senior publishers and editors exploring open access megajournals (OAMJs). Megajournals (of which PLoS One is the best known example) represent a relatively new approach to scholarly communication and can be characterized as large, broad-scope, open access journals, which take an innovative approach to peer review, basing acceptance decisions solely on the technical or scientific soundness of the article. Based on interviews with 31 publishers and editors, this paper reports the perceived cultural, operational, and technical challenges associated with launching, growing, and maintaining a megajournal. We find that overcoming these challenges while delivering the societal benefits associated with OAMJs is seen to require significant investment in people and systems, as well as an ongoing commitment to the model.

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The research was funded by a grant from the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council (AH/M010643/1).

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  • Business and Economics

Department

  • Business

Published in

Learned Publishing

Volume

30

Issue

4

Pages

313-322

Citation

WAKELING, S. ... et al., 2017. Open-access mega-journals: The publisher perspective (Part 2: operational realities). Learned Publishing, 30(4), pp. 313-322.

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© The Authors. Published by Wiley

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This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/ by/4.0/

Acceptance date

11/08/2017

Publication date

2017-09-04

Copyright date

2017

Notes

This is an Open Access Article. It is published by Wiley under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Unported Licence (CC BY). Full details of this licence are available at: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

ISSN

1741-4857

Language

en

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