Volume 17(1), 2021-06, 5—21

What matters more in open access journal publishing: Scientific rigor or financial vigor?

Barbara J. Crawford
Department of Language and Communication Studies
and the Open Science Centre
University of Jyväskylä

Academics and librarians around the world are raising concern about the current state of scholarly journal publishing in that the majority of journals are under the control of five multinational commercial journal publishing companies. Some are advocating for scholars to take back control of scholarly communication, particularly because it is the academics who are supplying and managing most of the content for journals. Open access publishing is one option, but the question of sustainability in funding streams raises concerns. Also the roles of scholarly societies, academic association, and universities in looking for stability in nonprofit journal publishing are discussed.