Common Questions and Misunderstandings
Open Access, while a movement that is growing rapidly in academia, is nonetheless complex and novel to many. For example, there are many types of open access and ways it is reflected in the practices of individual authors as well as publishers and funding agencies. This document attempts to address several common misconceptions.
Do I always give my copyrights to the publisher? Must I?
If I want to try Open Access I can't publish in the best journals in my discipline.
Open Access journals are not peer reviewed and/or undermine peer review.
Why should I have to pay for Open Access? (On hybrid-OA and OA fees)
Some universities now have Open Access Author Funds, to help authors pay open access charges in non-hybrid (fully open access) journals. Purdue does not yet have such a fund, but will investigate if faculty express sufficient interest. Please contact David Scherer if you or your department chair would like to learn more.