How to Bring Prestige to Open Access — and Make Science More Reliable

Read the full story in the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Beginning next year, a coalition of European research-funding agencies will require funding recipients to publish grant-supported work in open-access journals. While this is a positive step in making research more widely accessible, many researchers are worried because the plan, known as Plan S, also severely restricts their ability to publish in high-profile subscription journals, which are typically associated with high impact factors.

This is not a trivial concern. Regardless of the evidence that a journal’s impact factor is not associated with the quality of its papers, researchers continue to be evaluated by the journals they publish in, rather than by the work itself.

Grant-making agencies can address this prestige problem while still exerting control over publication practices. Moreover, in doing so they can help solve the replicability crisis that has plagued scientific research in recent years. How? By establishing journals themselves that adhere to publication practices that promote replicability.

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