When an author agrees to pay for the review and publication of their work, they are essentially covering the costs associated with publication, thereby making the work freely available (i.e., open access) to the public. The concept of paying for the review and publication of a scholarly work is in direct competition with the traditional method of peer-reviewed academic publishing. There are both benefits and drawbacks associated with this new model of open-access publishing and this topic continues to gain increasing importance throughout academia. This entry provides a detailed explanation of both traditional and open- access publishing models, an examination of the benefits and drawbacks associated with open- access publishing, and tips and further resources for determining if paying for review and publication ...
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