Open-Access Plan in Europe Bans Publishing in Paywalled Journals

PSI Blog 20190116 Open-Access Plan in Europe Bans Publishing in Paywalled Journals

One of the irritating characteristics of the establishment is its tendency to profit from the tax dollars we contribute to scientific research. True, publishing used to be extremely expensive. No longer. Even though publishers now contribute little to the process, they still want their money. Peer reviewers check for errors—for free, authors do the formatting—for free, and “publishers” provide the website amenable to downloading—for money. If you do not have a subscription or belong to an institution that has one, you have to pay around $35 for a digital copy of a single journal article.

If you are an independent researcher or belong to a struggling institution in a developing country, you are out of luck.

All this flies in the face of a basic scientific principle: Scientific knowledge is the property of all humanity and should be available to all. Enter the “Open Access” movement, which is trying to make this principle a reality. As a result, an increasing number of scientific papers are now available as free digital versions. Unfortunately, authors often have to pay thousands of dollars to make a paper available as Open Access.

On the other hand, research performed by U.S. government employees generally is not copywrited and pdf versions of the original government press copies are becoming increasingly available. For over a decade, NIH grantees have been required to provide copies of their peer-reviewed, published works to Pub Med Central, which charges no download fee. Now, the Open Access movement is gathering steam in Europe where the usual “paywall scheme” is the target of attack:

Thanks to Wolfgang Muss for this heads-up:

Of course, that is of dubious value to those of us who challenge the absurdities of the Big Bang Theory. The guardians of the current paradigm supposedly use a “peer review” process that nonetheless allows all sorts of illogical inanities. If you do not attack the BBT directly or mention the A-word (aether), you can publish on the explosion from nothing, universal expansion, extra-Euclidean dimensions, wormholes, immaterial fields, massless particles and their perpetual motion, etc. We should not be surprised that demands for payment are critical for maintaining the cosmogonical elite that accepts such “junk science.” In this case, the peer review system has failed miserably.

Don’t get me wrong. Peer review generally adds value to almost every investigation. Adequate review can catch mistakes in logic, interpretation, and math before they mislead a wider audience. That is why we consider “predatory journals” to be so pernicious. They typically charge exorbitant fees for publication without suitable review.[1] Most researchers have never heard of these journals and they are seldom cited. Even legitimate websites have been hijacked, with unsuspecting researchers submitting payments to fraudsters and papers that will never be published.[2] With all the censorship accorded those who dare to oppose the BBT, how is anyone able to publish legitimate work?

Publishing for Free

That is a good question. The Open Access movement and the attack on pay walls are obvious products of the digital age. This will continue until all research is freely available. Don’t hold your breath. In the meantime, there are plenty of places to publish on the Internet. You can follow the guidelines for a suitable website (e.g., www.scientificphilosophy.com), or put your work on viXra (e.g., http://vixra.org/abs/1806.0165), www.ResearchGate.net , or www.Academia.edu, etc. EBooks and paperbacks now can be published for free on Amazon (https://kdp.amazon.com/en_US/). All this is possible without having to deal with peer reviewers who think the universe exploded out of nothing!

BTW: A few journals encourage authors opposed to the current nonsense. You might try: General Science Journal (free) or Physics Essays ($137 page charge for you and $17 pay wall fee for your readers).

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[2] Andoohgin Shahri, Mona, Jazi, Mohammad Davarpanah, Borchardt, Glenn, and Dadkhah, Mehdi, 2017, Detecting Hijacked Journals by Using Classification Algorithms: Science and Engineering Ethics, p. 1-14. [10.1007/s11948-017-9914-2].

Dadkhah, Mehdi, and Borchardt, Glenn, 2016, Hijacked Journals: An Emerging Challenge for Scholarly Publishing: Aesthetic Surgery Journal, p. 1-3. [10.1093/asj/sjw026].

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Dadkhah, Mehdi, Borchardt, Glenn, and Lagzian, Mohammad, 2017, Do You Ignore Information Security in Your Journal Website?: Science and Engineering Ethics, v. 23, no. 4, p. 1227-1231. [10.1007/s11948-016-9849-z].

Dadkhah, Mehdi, Mohammad, Lagzian, and Borchardt, Glenn, 2016, The Game of Hacking Academic Websites: World Digital Libraries, v. 9, no. 2, p. 131-133. [10.18329/09757597/2016/9210].

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