Edited by Timothy Clark, Mike Wright and David J. Ketchen Jr.
Chapter 25: Should you publish in an open access journal?
Young scholars in the organizational sciences are trained and advised to publish in the top academic journals. Often, a department’s promotion and tenure committee identifies a specific set of journals as top quality, and reward systems are structured to encourage if not demand that junior faculty focus their attention on publishing in those journals. Moreover, articles published in the top journals tend to be cited more frequently than articles in lesser-quality journals, so publishing in the top journals is widely viewed as the best way to build your professional reputation and create visibility for your research program. All of the top journals in the organizational sciences are so-called “subscription” journals. Subscription journals are owned by publishing companies or professional associations, they have a defined amount of space per issue that is set contractually, and they charge readers in one form or another to gain access to the knowledge contained in their pages. Top journals are also difficult to publish in, with acceptance rates for submitted papers running at approximately 10 percent. In recent years, a new type of academic journal has emerged called “open access.” Open access journals offer a publishing alternative to subscription journals, but as yet no open access journal in the organizational sciences has been judged to be a top journal.
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