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Publisher Fees? Need help!

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    Hello Schol Commrades–

    It has been coming up a lot on my campus lately that deans and chairs of various departments are asking the library for help with regards to publication fees. I have a pretty straight forward answer when it turns out a predatory journal is asking for a fee — but what about those journals on the Cabells whitelist, journals published through associations, journals with solid track records in other areas that charge fees? Do we have an opinion on this as a group?

    Areas where this comes up vary but include…

    -submission fees (I say hard no to submission fees, but do others have thoughts?)

    -after acceptance, to publish you must join the association for a fee (usually less than $100 and includes a subscription)

    -after acceptance, to publish you must pay a gold OA fee

    How do we tend to advise on these issues? Our deans and chairs have been asking because faculty are asking to be reimbursed for these fees, which faculty see as unavoidable under the pressures of publishing. The deans & chairs then ask for librarian expertise.

    Thanks so much, everyone! I look forward to your thoughts.


    Anne Hays, librarian at College of Staten Island


    Hi Anne, Sorry it has taken so long to respond. I think these are great questions for our group to discuss. In fact, if you are going to attend the Roundtable meeting on Oct. 27th when Polly Thistlethwaite and Jessie Daniels are speaking, it would be great if you would submit a question for the discussion period about OA fees. Nora and I are going to moderate the discussion and we are collecting questions.Thanks for considering. Best, Madeline

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