[Taxacom] Paywall our taxonomic tidbit

Michael Reuscher germman82 at gmail.com
Tue Jan 19 09:58:42 CST 2016

Hi Scott,
for taxonomic papers you should look into the "European Journal of
Taxonomy" - they publish open access and free of charge. An additional perk
is that there is no waiting line for your paper because they publish each
one as their own issue. Their current impact factor is 1.312.  I published
a paper there a couple of months ago and had a quite positive experience.


*Michael Reuscher, **Ph.D.*

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*Ecosystem Studies & Modeling *

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On Tue, Jan 19, 2016 at 9:46 AM, Scott Monks <monks.scott at gmail.com> wrote:

> I don’t know if this will get through to the group or not, but here goes!
> I have trouble with messages getting to the group, so if this doesn’t get
> there, someone please re-send it,
> > On Jan 18, 2016, at 3:16 PM, Stephen Thorpe <stephen_thorpe at yahoo.co.nz>
> wrote:
> >
> > PS: Also, this doesn't explain the current popularity of Gold OA
> journals like ZooKeys. Are all the authors foolish? If I were a conspiracy
> theorist, which I'm not, I'd suggest that Pensoft's sales pitch might be
> "Got research money to ditch? We'll happily take it off your hands! We’re
> good like that!"
> One problem that some (many?) of us have is that ‘our’ institutions place
> value (both salary and prestige) on publications in journals that are
> highly ranked in Science Citation Index.  Because I publish in the journals
> with more than 1 point of impact I receive a tax-free bonus that is about
> half as much as my salary.  As well, I am able to apply for grant funds
> with an increased probability of getting approved because of that status.
> That extra money allows me to travel to meetings (no public funds for
> that!) and to pay for my student’s lab and field work and some travel
> expenses to meetings (also cannot be paid by grant/public funds).
> I try to publish some work in free open-access journals (there are some!),
> but none that I know of are Indexed!  So, I have to either publish in
> non-open-access journals (and pay page charges for at least some of them),
> which often takes a full year from submission to publication (or more!) or
> publish in editorials like Pensoft, which are open-access but also charge
> for publication.
> I would like to publish everything in open-access journals and books which
> are cost-free, but I can’t!  The issue is MUCH more complicated than just
> the issue of pay-or-no-pay!
> Scott
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