I may be rehashing an old discussion–if so, please direct me to it–but I am trying to get a sense of what’s going on with the online journals in our field. I am asking with a number of different hats on all at the same time. I’ve got a crowded head these days! I’m involved in several publishing projects, I’m an academic administrator who gets called on for her views about publishing in my discipline, and I’m also trying to decide where to send my own work.
In my own case, I am at a career stage where I can afford to worry less
about what others think about where my work is published but I also
want my work to be widely read. Numbers matter more than prestige. But
stability matters too. Will the journal in question still be there in
five, ten, twenty years? Also, the Canadian granting agencies are now
moving to require that our work which is funded by research grants from
tax payer dollars be published in places that are accessible to the
public. This pushes in favour of online publications in some ways, but
not others. (It depends on whether the online publications have free
access; many traditional hard copy journals that also publish online
fail on this count.) This is itself an interesting ethical question
about the obligations of researchers to those who fund their research.
So, what’s your sense of online publishing and where it’s going in the
field of ethics? And if there is a good source for this discussion,
please point me too it. I’m feeling woefully under-informed.