Department Policy Statement

FMCH Departmental Policy on Funding Open Access Journal Publication Fees

The department is interested in supporting wide dissemination of scholarship by faculty, residents, and medical students. Increasingly, many journals, known as Open Access Journals, are aggressively soliciting manuscripts. These journals are available online to the reader. Open Access (OA) Journals charge processing fees to the submitting author that can range from $500-$5000. As of October 2015, the number of open access journals exceeded 10,000. There are several varieties of open access journals, including full open access journals with all content open access and hybrid open access journals where only some of the content is open access. Many open access journals lack a rigorous peer review process, diminishing the overall quality of publishing. Many open access journals also lack the reputation of their subscription counterparts. Other problems with these journals include:

  • Notifying academics of article fees only after papers are accepted.
  • Aggressively campaigning for academics to submit articles or serve on editorial boards.
  • Listing academics as members of editorial boards without their permission.
  • Appointing fake academics to editorial boards.
  • Fake or non-existent impact factors.

 Recently however, there is an emerging group of higher quality professional open access publishers such as PLOS and BioMedCentral so there may be times when publication in this type of journal is warranted.

 While the Department will make available limited funds to support publications within these journals, given the poor quality of many of these journals (and their predatory publishing practices), guidelines have been established.  Please click here to access the department's guidelines on funding Open Access Journal publication fees.

Click on this link to view slides from a recent presentation by the medical school’s librarians on Open Access Publishing