[LINK] Open access science

Tom Worthington tom.worthington at tomw.net.au
Mon Nov 30 08:53:25 AEDT 2020

On 28/11/20 10:23 am, David Lochrin wrote:

> ... How much are the authors charged for rejection?

I don't know of any legitimate journals where authors are charged for 
rejection: they only pay if their paper is accepted for publication.

I am not sure at what stage journals count rejected papers. Most papers 
never get to the reviewers and a rejected by the editors. In my 
experience most papers are rejected because they are not on topic, have 
already been published elsewhere, or are student assignments.

By the way, the most common form of for-fee academic publication at 
present is not open source journals, it is conference proceedings. When 
I submit a paper to a conference there is no charge, unless the paper is 
accepted. Then I have to pay the normal registration fee for the 
conference, plus an amount for publication of the paper. If I don't turn 
up at the conference, present the paper and answer questions, it is 
pulled from the proceedings (I don't get a refund).

Conferences have been a non-controversial form of for-fee academic 
publishing, important in fields such as computing and education. The 
proceedings are mostly distributed electronically and this year the 
conferences are online. Some conferences then pay established publishers 
to publish their proceeding to give them legitimacy.

ps: This week I am off to (virtually) ASCILITE 
https://ascilite.org/2020-conference/ and OZCHI http://www.ozchi.org/2020/

Tom Worthington, MEd FHEA FACS CP IP3P http://www.tomw.net.au 
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