Visibility vs Cost: Which One Would You Prefer?

The number of published papers under the open access model has increased over the years. For readers, it is a good deal to have free access to an enormous amount of journals publications. However, is it worth for authors? Undoubtedly, open access articles will have more visibility and as a result, more readers than a paper published in a traditional paper. However, the cost of publishing under this modality, it seems to be high from my point of view. Are you willing to pay thousands of dollar for that? If you do not have the financial support from your university, would you do it using your own pocket?

Even if authors are willing to pay the open access publication fee, they still prefer to publish in well-established journals of their field because these are more prestigious or well known. What do you think? At the end, is it about the journal prestige or your research work? Should it be both?

I always have been very interested in publishing in the International Journal of Project Management (IJPM) which is published in collaboration with the Association for Project Management (APM) and the International Project Management Association (IPMA). The journal is available on Science Direct. Although this is not a journal merely related to construction management, its scope encompasses all areas of project management and it publishes papers from all range of fields in which project management is applied, such as construction and engineering projects.

Once a paper is accepted in the journal, authors should sign a publishing agreement where they keep the copyright of their work but they grant the rights of distributing the paper to the publisher. The author also has the option to sign a license agreement in which they permit Science Direct to publish the article on its platform. Authors also can choose what type of end-user license they want to grant readers, commercial or non-commercial. Basically, this license determines how readers can reuse the published article. In most of the cases, the reader can read, print, and download the paper but they cannot republish the article and/or use it for commercial purposes. The open access publication fee for this journal is USD 2000, excluding taxes.

So, Which One Would You Prefer? A Traditional Journal or An Open Access Journal?


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