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Information Regarding Peer Reviewed Open Access Journals

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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.

Researchers write these articles with funds received from government agencies, universities and institutions, they would donate these to journal publication. Government agencies, universities and institutions then purchases these from them, even the ones that provided the research funds, usually via subscription. This is the reason that peer reviewed open access journals became popular because it cost virtually nothing in reading them.

Researchers in this method receive funding the same way but their works are accessible to anyone that has an internet connection allowing them to read without subscription fee. Barriers like legal and permission ones are removed also such as restrictions in licensing and copyright. Authors though sometimes pay them for their articles to get published.

Several varieties of OA journals are there such as full where every content can be accessed freely. Hybrid ones have only some contents openly accessible and delayed where access is granted after twelve or twenty four months. These works could either be solicited, where individuals were asked to submit their work or unsolicited where they just submit it without being asked to.

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 determining if the work will get accepted, rejected or even acceptable but with revisions to be done. A community of experts on a specific field with qualifications and ability to do impartial review reasonably is needed. Being impartial is difficult to accomplish specially in fields that are less narrowly defined and inter disciplinary.

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 if that journals was refereed or not can be done in numerous ways with one being limiting your search criteria when using databases. This option is offered readily by some search screens while others require you to click the advance or expert option. Although some databases have no option for limiting their search criteria like this.

You could examine the journal published also physically or online through looking at its masthead in the cover displaying all their information. Another is by examining how it was written and if it includes footnotes and bibliography of references used. And it would help you to find their official website because they would state it there.




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