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Mirror, Mirror: the Growth of Mirror Journals

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Solving the problem of Open Access or causing more trouble?

Open Access can be hard to understand at the best of times but one term that causes particular confusion is ‘mirror journals’. Promoted as one way of solving the problem of a lack of publisher interest in Open Access, these titles are appearing in every discipline but what are they?

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Mirror, Mirror: the Growth of Mirror Journals

  1. 1. Mirror, Mirror The Growth of Mirror Journals Claire Sewell Research Support Skills Coordinator Office of Scholarly Communication June 2019
  2. 2. Topics 1. The what … 2. … and the why of mirror journals 3. How can they help? 4. Potential problems 5. Next steps
  3. 3. What are mirror journals?1
  4. 4. Spotting mirror journals in the wild
  5. 5. What are mirror journals? Journal of Research Journal of Research X Same editorial board, same mission statement, same criteria for selection
  6. 6. What are mirror journals?
  7. 7. Why are they needed?2
  8. 8. Plan S recap “By 2020 scientific publications that result from research funded by public grants provided by participating national and European research councils and funding bodies, must be published in compliant Open Access Journals or on compliant Open Access Platforms” 2021 Hybrid Open Access is not compliant with Plan S
  9. 9. Hybrid facts and figures In 2009 there were 2000 journals offering hybrid options In 2016 there were 10,000 journals offering hybrid options But most of the content of hybrid journals is not published OA Approx. 8000 OA articles published Approx. 45,000 OA articles published Up to 85% of journals would be off limits under Plan S Are Mirror Journals a Better Path to the Open Access Flip? Angela Cochran. The Scholarly Kitchen.
  10. 10. How can they help?3
  11. 11. Prestige Researchers can still publish in their community favoured titles
  12. 12. Costs No unexpected costs to pass on to researchers
  13. 13. Potential problems4
  14. 14. Plan S Are mirror journals just hybrid in disguise?
  15. 15. Metrics Are these journals making the right type of impact?
  16. 16. Too many journals Do we risk flooding the market?
  17. 17. The problem of predators Can we help researchers avoid those who would take advantage of the confusion?
  18. 18. What next?5
  19. 19. Next steps? Self-portraitbythedepictedMacacanigrafemale.PublicDomain,