Publishing speed and acceptance rates of open access megajournals

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dc.contributor Hanken School of Economics, Information Systems Science, Helsinki en Björk, Bo-Christer 2018-11-17T19:38:00Z 2018-11-17T19:38:00Z 2018
dc.identifier.citation Björk , B-C 2018 , ' Publishing speed and acceptance rates of open access megajournals ' , Online Information Review , vol. 42 . en
dc.identifier.issn 1468-4527
dc.identifier.other PURE: 9869422
dc.identifier.other PURE UUID: c66418e0-6e47-4f8f-bb2e-d0210fc22d3b
dc.identifier.other Scopus: 85056302607
dc.description.abstract Purpose The purpose of this paper is to look at two particular aspects of open access megajournals, a new type of scholarly journals. Such journals only review for scientific soundness and leave the judgment of scientific impact to the readers. The two leading journals currently each publish more than 20,000 articles per year. The publishing speed of such journals and acceptance rates of such journals are the topics of the study. Design/methodology/approach Submission, acceptance and publication dates for a sample of articles in 12 megajournals were manually extracted from the articles. Information about acceptance rates was obtained using web searches of journal home pages, editorials, blogs, etc. Findings The time from submission to publication varies a lot, with engineering megajournals publishing much more rapidly. But on average it takes almost half a year to get published, particularly in the high-volume biomedical journals. As some of the journals have grown in publication volume, the average review time has increased by almost two months. Acceptance rates have slightly decreased over the past five years, and are now in the range of 50–55 percent. Originality/value This is the first empirical study of how long it takes to get published in megajournals and it highlights a clear increase of around two months in publishing. Currently, the review process in the biomedical megajournals takes as long as in regular more selective journals in the same fields. Possible explanations could be increasing difficulties in finding willing and motivated reviewers and in a higher share of submissions from developing countries. en
dc.format.extent 12
dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartof Online Information Review
dc.rights en
dc.subject 512 Business and Management en
dc.subject 113 Computer and information sciences en
dc.subject Open access en
dc.subject Scholarly publishing en
dc.subject Peer review en
dc.subject Megajournal en
dc.subject KOTA2018 en
dc.subject PREM2018_12 en
dc.subject 0 - Not open access en
dc.subject 1 - Self archived en
dc.subject 0- Ingen av författarna har en utländsk affiliation en
dc.subject 1- Publicerad utomlands en
dc.subject 0- Ingen affiliation med ett företag en
dc.title Publishing speed and acceptance rates of open access megajournals en
dc.type Article
dc.description.version Peer reviewed
dc.type.uri info:eu-repo/semantics/other
dc.type.uri info:eu-repo/semantics/acceptedVersion

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