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Re: Open Access means sloppy publications?
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- Date: Mon, 2 May 2005 21:53:24 EDT
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On 1-May-05, at 5:55 PM, Sally Morris ((ALPSP)) wrote:
The findings so far of our study comparing DOAJ with other journals does suggest that many more of them describe as 'peer review' a process that is totally or partially in-house; I would have thought that correct 'classical' peer review was normally conducted by external 'peers', with the Editor-in-Chief having a final decision in case of differences of opinion. See http://www.alpsp.org/openacc.htm#pres Sally
Hi Sally, Thanks so much for sharing information about your study while it is still in the works. If you're comparing open access journals with traditional journals, no doubt you are matching on other factors in order to achieve the best possible comparison. Information about the quality of open access journals per se is very useful of course, however the matched comparison would be needed in order to assess the impact of open access per se, as opposed to other factors which are very likely correlated. One example: while there are traditional publishers who are experimenting with or moving over to open access, it seems to make sense that there are people who have no experience with traditional publishers who are now starting up journals, and these are more likely to be open access. If you're comparing quality of OA vs. non-OA, then of course you need to compare OA (experienced traditional publishers) and non-OA (less or inexperienced publishers). Another factor to account for is the country of origin and traditional practices there. This is true of elements like peer review, but also the number of articles published, and many other factors. For example, it makes more sense to compare a journal published in India as open access with another Indian journal that is not open access, rather than comparing the Indian journal with one that is published in the U.K. a personal view by, Heather G. Morrison