But is it Prestigious?
The Impact of OA on Authors
Authors who have recently published in high-impact scholarly journals within the past 18 months are largely ignorant of open access. Only ten percent of nearly 4,000 authors had published in OA journals, and only five percent said they knew a lot about OA. Younger authors were more likely to be positive about the outcomes of OA publishing than their older counterparts.12
There are at least three questions you as an author need to ask when considering whether to publish in an OA journal:
- Do OA journals carry sufficient weight in the tenure and review process within your field and institution? Talk to your advisor, department chair and senior colleagues. In fields within the humanities and social sciences, print journals still generally hold more prestige since "instantaneous dissemination of research" is less compelling than in medicine or mathematics.13
- Do you want to retain copyright control over your work? Most commercial and society publishers require that you sign over copyright to them when they publish your article. When you publish in OA journals, on the other hand, you retain copyright.
- Are you willing (or able) to pay the page fees associated with open access publishing? These usually range from $500 to $1,500 for each article.
Luckily, it doesn’t have to be an "either-or" decision. You can choose a variety of publication avenues during your career. Just be clear about the benefits and drawbacks of each of the models available to you.
You also have several choices in the types of articles you can publish in scholarly journals. Let’s examine some of those options.