The journal I selected is the Open Transportation Journal published by Bentham Open – the publisher is located in the United States. The Open Transportation Journal, a peer reviewed journal, is an important and reliable source of current information on developments in the field.
Readers can study, download and/or print OPEN access articles at no cost.
Bentham OPEN is committed to disseminating research and scholarly publications as widely as possible. It supports the principle that the results of research that have been publicly funded should be freely accessible in the public domain and therefore it encourages researchers to make their research available through Open Access (OA).
Open access publishing is not without costs. To provide open access, Bentham OPEN journals partly defray the expenses of peer review, journal production, and online hosting and archiving from authors and their research sponsors by charging a publication fee for each article they publish.
There are merits to the OA concept. Publishing in recognizable journals is important- that’s not to say that widely disseminating knowledge is not a bad thing if it’s quality knowledge. The issue with OA comes back to the priorities of the editors; do they really want those publication fees, and will they take garbage articles (have more lax acceptance criteria) to get them? Or will they hold themselves to a higher standard due to the controversy of OA?