This is not the first time we’ve shared information with our readers about Open Access (OA) publishing. Open Access is a changing and sometimes confusing landscape. The demand for free and open data began in earnest about 15 years ago. At first, publishers and journal editors were skeptical, but they have learned to accept that OA isn’t going away. Open Access has evolved to meet the needs of authors, funders, librarians, and publishers to the extent that many journals have now hybridized, converted to fully OA, or at minimum offer an OA option to traditional article publication. What we can expect in the future is continued evolution as technology infrastructures improve along with tools and metrics that measure how content is consumed at the article level. If you’ve been following along with our periodic updates, you’ll recall that members of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) and members of our affiliate partner societies are entitled to a discounted price for OA publication.1 We have also debated whether or not articles published are more heavily cited when they’re made freely available.2 We’ve shared information about the rise of predatory journals, publishers, and conferences and the effect they’ve had on modern scholarly publishing.3 We’ve also published an article that discusses submission bias and article processing fees in plastic surgery.4 As we continued to monitor the changes in OA, we recognized the importance of keeping you more regularly updated about the landscape. In that spirit, we are pleased to introduce a new video series devoted to educating our readers about OA and its many intricacies. We aim to produce 6 videos annually whereby we interview OA experts to dig deeper into the nuances associated with OA such as the effects of megajournals like PLOS One, blacklists, whitelists, predatory publishing, actual vs perceived quality of OA journals and their peer review structure, and the sustainability of OA vis-a-vis APC subsidies and the value provided by publishers. According to Gowda et al, “It is foreseeable that open access journals will undergo a process of natural selection, with credible journals rising to reach the influence of traditional publications while low quality outlets fade into quiet obscurity.”4 We promise to keep you updated with all you need to know about OA and we hope you’ll tune in to learn more. We welcome your thoughts and contributions along with suggestions for who may be a valuable discussant or influencer in our specialty. As always, we look forward to hearing from you about how we can improve the Journal and ideas you may have toward that end. The new video series is available on our YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/user/ASJOnline. Disclosures The author declared no potential conflicts of interest with respect to the research, authorship, and publication of this article. Funding The author received no financial support for the research, authorship, and publication of this article. REFERENCES 1. Nahai F . The ASJ open access policy . Aesthet Surg J . 2014 ; 33 ( 8 ): 1274 . Google Scholar CrossRef Search ADS 2. Berbusse M . What is “open access” publishing, anyway ? Aesthet Surg J . 2013 ; 33 ( 2 ): 290 - 292 . Google Scholar CrossRef Search ADS PubMed 3. Cress PE . Are predatory conferences the dark side of the open access movement ? Aesthet Surg J . 2017 ; 37 ( 6 ): 734 - 738 . Google Scholar CrossRef Search ADS PubMed 4. Gowda AU , Tadisina KK , Chopra K , Singh DP . Submission bias and the rise of open access journals . Aesthet Surg J . 2015 ; 35 ( 8 ): NP275 - NP276 . Google Scholar CrossRef Search ADS PubMed © 2018 The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, Inc. Reprints and permission: firstname.lastname@example.org This article is published and distributed under the terms of the Oxford University Press, Standard Journals Publication Model (https://academic.oup.com/journals/pages/about_us/legal/notices)
Aesthetic Surgery Journal – Oxford University Press
Published: Apr 28, 2018
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