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open access week -interview with magnus johannesson

As part of Open Access Week, the SSE Library interviews Professor Magnus Johannesson (SSE).

SSE Professor Magnus Johannesson

The SSE Library continues to highlight Open Access Week by interviewing Professor Magnus Johannesson, Department of Economics, Stockholm School of Economics, about researchers perceptions and experiences of publishing OA.

To what extent do you publish yourself using open access? Why have you chosen to do so?

I publish in both open access and not open access journals. My choice of journal is not affected that much by whether it is open access or not. But if I publish in a journal that has an open access option, I will choose the open access option. (Some journals offer open access as an option, if you pay an extra fee to have your article published as open access). The reason I do that is to make the article as easily accessible as possible to potential readers. 

When choosing a journal to publish in, do you also take the possibility to publish open access into account? Does APC:s affect your decision process, and if so, in what way?

As mentioned above, my decision about which journal to publish in is not that much affected by whether it is open access or not. Also, I often work with co-authors, so the decision about where to submit is a joint decision among the authors. But once a paper is accepted, I choose the open access option if it is available. 

How do you feel about publishing in pure OA-journals as opposed to publishing in hybrid journals?

Pure OA-journals and hybrid journals are similar from my perspective as an individual scientist, as they both offer open access (and both will result in my article being published as open access if the article is accepted for publication). I think hybrid journals is a good short term solution for increasing the fraction of articles published as open access, and I don’t see any real reason for why not all journals should offer an open access option (as they can set the fee for publishing an article as open access at a level so that it compensates for lost revenues of open access articles). But in the long term, science should strive towards a situation with only pure open access journals so that all published science is easily accessible to everyone.  

What are your thoughts on Plan S and Bibsam´s recent transformative deals with a number of different publishers? How do think this is going to affect your research, as well research within your field?

To make deals with publishers like Bibsam is a good thing that increases the fraction of articles available as open access. In principle I think Plan S is also trying to do the right thing by putting pressure on publishers and researchers towards more open access publishing (as that is in the public interest). But they should also allow for some flexibility for researchers in the short run, and allow hybrid journals and publication of preprints (a preprint is essentially a non-typeset version of the article posted at a preprint server and available for free).

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