Tutorial 27: how to publish an open-access paper in a paywalled journal

Some tips on how to get your paper published open-access despite a publisher’s paywall. Personally, I think you should go direct to Step 5…

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I got in a conversation recently with a friend who is about to have his first paper published. It’s been through review and is now accepted at a well-respected old-school journal owned by a legacy publisher. It’s not an open-access journal, and he asked my advice on how he could make the paper open access.

We had a fruitful discussion, and we agreed that I’d write up the conclusions for this blog.

First, you can pay the publisher to open-access your paper. That’s a legitimate option at “hybrid OA” journals, which by this point is pretty much all paywalled journals. But even when the journal invites it, that’s not always possible. In this case, my friend has no institutional funds available, and really isn’t in a position to bung the publisher $3000 out of his own pocket.

The second option is to write to the journal saying that you select the…

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One Response to “Tutorial 27: how to publish an open-access paper in a paywalled journal”

  1. Copyright conventions vary. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society leaves copyright with the author and requires an exclusive license to publish it in a journal. Fair enough. Their standard letter actually encourages posting to arXiv. I think the only restriction is on a institutional website. I think most people get stuff from arXiv or perhaps the author’s personal website, so this isn’t really a big restriction.

    Astronomy and Astrophysics requires transfer of copyright to ESO, which I can live with, but gives the author a non-exclusive license to distribute it otherwise. Same for The Observatory (though copyright is with the Editors, who are not making a profit out of the journal).

    In practice, the two policies have the same effect, but I prefer the MNRAS one.

    I think astronomy is in a better situation than many fields with respect to OA: the major journals have unimportant, if any, restrictions regarding distribution and copyright.

    The price of journals is another issue, but here astronomy is also in a better position than most fields.

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