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Actions for Authors, Editors and Reviewers

Actions for Authors

  • Submit your manuscripts to high-quality journals that have reasonable pricing practices. Where possible publish in Open Access journals, which employ funding models that do not charge readers or their institutions for access. Notify unreasonably expensive journals of your decision to submit elsewhere. To find peer-reviewed OA journals in your field, see the Directory of Open Access Journals: http://www.doaj.org.
  • Modify your publishing contracts to ensure that you retain the rights to use your work as you see fit, including the right post it to a public archive or institutional repository. Use the SPARC Author Addendum (http://scholars.sciencecommons.org/) or select a Creative Commons license (http://creativecommons.org/choose/).
  • Deposit pre-prints and/or post-prints in open-access disciplinary or institutional repositories. If your college or university does not yet have a repository, use the Directory of Open Access Repositories to find one that is suitable: http://www.opendoar.org/index.html.
  • Deposit datasets on which your published research has been based in an open-access data repository. Studies suggest that publicly available data are significantly associated with an increase in citations, independently of journal impact factor, date of publication, and author country of origin.
  • Become aware of the pricing policies of journals in your field.
  • When applying for research grants, ask the foundation for funds to pay the processing fees charged by OA journals.

Actions for Editors and Reviewers

  • Decline offers to review for unreasonably expensive journals. Notify the journal of the reason for your refusal.
  • When asked to referee a paper for an Open Access journal, accept the invitation.
  • If you are an editor or on the editorial board of a subscription journal examine the pricing practices of that journal. If appropriate, start an in-house discussion on pricing.
  • Relinquish editorial posts with unreasonably expensive journals. Notify the journal of the reason for your refusal.
  • When asked to serve on the editorial board for an Open Access journal, accept the invitation.
  • Include your librarian when meeting with a publisher's representative so that the editorial representative must also address the sales and marketing side of the journal’s operations.

Stay Informed

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