Open access publishing has taken a step closer to more cost effective and more timely publication of research. New publishing models are emerging in an effort to open up access to the research.
PeerJ is an award-winning biological and medical sciences journal that allows authors to publish their work for a one off fee of $99 for one submission per year for life or $399 for unlimited submissions for life. To date there are 1742 peer-reviewed articles and 2195 preprints published.
This model is a far more cost effective model than most ‘open’ access journals out there. However one step better than that is our very own Journal of Physiotherapy from the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) where there is no charge for either author or reader. This is truly open! The APA have committed to sponsoring Open Access publication of all Journal of Physiotherapy content, and we applaud them for that.
F1000Research boast an immediate and transparent publishing model. Open, invited peer review of articles is conducted after publication, focusing on scientific soundness rather than novelty or impact. In this case there is an article-processing charge (APC) for all articles depending on length of article.
At Physiopedia we like the free and completely open approach to publication. Allowing free access to readers goes a long way to actually getting the research into practice. Making the submission of articles free promotes inclusivity and will allow more people around the world to consider publishing their work. The open peer review of articles that removes secrecy and anonymity, this process promotes constructive responses, professional development and removes any potential bias in the critique of each others’ work.
We support thoroughly support open access at Physiopedia and have considered similar models for publishing research. If you are interested to publish your work on Physiopedia we welcome your submissions.