Some details of the Open Journal of Civil Engineering (OJCE)

Last week in the Future Professoriate class we talked about OPEN ACCESS, hence the topic of this post. I was highly surprise to hear about the wide range of fees that researchers have to pay to publish, from a few hundred dollars to the thousands. And then publishing companies charging subscriptions so that people could read them. But was also surprise about the large number of open access journal that already exist. To clarify, just in case, open access journals would also charge for publishing, because after all there are editorial costs, but they will not require subscription fees.

In the remaining of this post, I am going to discuss details about an open access journal in Civil Engineering, which name happens to be “Open Journal of Civil Engineering (OJCE)“. The journal is managed by Scientific Research Publishing (SCIRP), which specializes in academic publications. It currently publishes over 200 open access peer-review journals. SCIRP is registered in the state of Delaware, USA, but the actual publishing operations are run in China, mainly because of lower labor costs. For mail communication in the United States, a P.O. Box mailing address in California is available. The publishing company was founded by Professor Huaibei Zhou and a few other scholars. For more information about SCIRP, please click here.

The Open Journal of Civil Engineering accepts submissions for multiple fields in Civil Engineering. A detailed list is available in the journal’s website under Aims & Scope. The OJCE goal is “to provide a platform for scientists and academicians all over the world to promote, share, and discuss various new issues and developments in different areas of civil engineering” (from website). According to their online statements, all submitted manuscripts go through a peer-review process. To cover all the processing related costs, the journal charges an article processing fee of $599. The Chief Editor is  Dr. Hwai-Chung Wu, currently Associate Professor in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at Wayne State University, Detroit, USA.

The OJCE open access statement, which comes from the definition of open access by the Budapest Open Access Initiative (BOAI), which SCIRP signed, reads: All articles from Open Journal of Civil Engineering (OJCE) have “free availability on the public internet, permitting any users to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of these articles, crawl them for indexing, pass them as data to software, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without financial, legal, or technical barriers other than those inseparable from gaining access to the internet itself.” For details about reader rights, reuse rights, copyrights, and author posting rights, please check the About SCIRP website (How Open is SCIRP on the “Open Access Spectrum”?)

* The content of this post is in response to an assignment of the Future Professoriate Class.

– Carlos F. Mantilla P.

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