There are fewer no-cost journal article "slots," while globally, more researchers want to publish more.
How to pay for Open Access? (There are OA journals that do not charge authors, although they might be less visible.)
How to not get burned by inadequate peer review?
Details and causes:
What libraries are doing:
We have transformative agreements with Wiley and Cambridge and are considering one with Springer-Nature. If these publishers transform to only Gold OA (author pays) journals, what happens to the approximately half million that we pay for subscriptions now?
What is an OA license worth?
Where to publish? Where not to publish?
Check the journal in Web of Science, SCImago (uses Scopus), PubMed/MEDLINE, Cabell's. Is it at least findable in Google Scholar? If I detect a hint of anything substandard, I'll Google [journal name] predatory (and not believe everything).
Talk about these publishers for Public Health & Exercise Science
Journal of Environmental and Public Health (Hindawi, now Wiley's)
No longer accepting submissions.
Frontiers in Sports and Active Living (Frontiers)
My opinion -- We need these publishers, and we need them to do a good job in peer review. And we need the traditional publishers. And we need them all to have profit margins more moderate than the pharmaceutical industry's.
My advice for authors -- Think about risk on a continuum. Avoid what looks like inadequate peer review. For the next few years, have a balanced record that's not only Frontiers/MDPI/HIndawi. What if you know the editor and it's a special issue on an important topic?
During 2022-2023, so far,
covered about 35 Open Access licenses in Wiley/Hindawi journals for AppState authors
covered about 7 Open Access licenses in Cambridge journals
and many Accepted Manuscripts made available (Green OA) in NC DOCKS!
We'll probably support about another 40 OA licenses in 2024, with Wiley, Springer, Cambridge, ACS, and possibly other publishers.