Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Details About Peer Reviewed Open Access Journals

By Stephen Bennett

Scholastic journals are publications released periodically containing original research, book reviews and review articles. Their purpose is in having a place for researchers in imparting their knowledge to other people, contributing to improve natural knowledge and perfecting all Philosophical Arts as well as Sciences. Articles are peer reviewed or refereed usually to prevent those with fraudulent data from getting published.

These articles are done by researchers with funding from universities, institutions and government agencies and donate them to journal publications. These are then sold to universities, institutions and government agencies, even the same ones who funded the research usually through subscription. This is why peer reviewed open access journals are getting popular because it virtually costs nothing to read them.

Researchers using this method receive their funds similarly but anyone could read their works without subscription fee as long as they have internet connection. Permission and legal barriers are removed also like copyright and licensing restrictions. Article authors though pay for their articles sometimes to get it published using the funds donated to them.

OA journals have numerous varieties with full being one of them where accessing all their contents can be freely done. Delayed ones are those delaying the access and grants them after a few months and hybrid have some accessible contents and some not. These works can either be solicited meaning they were invited to pass their work, or else unsolicited, meaning they pass theirs even without an invitation.

These are peer reviewed, same with traditional publications, or evaluated by people that have similar competence with the authors. They review the works and were chosen by publishers anonymously to prevent being influenced. This method is done for providing credibility, improving performance and maintaining standards of quality.

They help in deciding if the work gets accepted, rejected, or acceptable even but with revisions that has to be done. Group of experts about a specific field having qualifications and ability in being reasonably impartial in reviewing is needed. Accomplishing impartiality is difficult specially in fields having less narrow definition or inter disciplinary ones.

Widely accepting among their contemporaries the significance of an idea, either bad or good, is harder because of this. But refereeing is still considered essential to academic quality though all invalid research is impossible to be prevented from being published. Although it was anonymously done traditionally, giving comments now publicly is possible, allowing anyone to read them as well as know who had written them.

Identifying which of them were refereed could be done in several ways with first by limiting your database search. Some search screens have this option available there by default and others have to let you click an expert or advanced option. But some databases does not have this option of limiting your search using this way.

You can examine also the published journal either physically or online via the masthead on its cover showing all information about them. Another is to examine the way it was written and if bibliography and footnotes of references were used. And their official website could help because it usually states it in there.

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