Have the “Mega-Journals” Reached the Limits to Growth?

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Abstract

A “mega-journal” is a new type of scientific journal that publishes freely accessible articles, which have been peer reviewed for scientific trustworthiness, but leaves it to the readers to decide which articles are of interest and importance to them. In the wake of the phenomenal success of PLOS ONE, several other publishers have recently started mega-journals. This article presents the evolution of mega-journals since 2010 in terms of article publication rates. The fastest growth seems to have ebbed out at around 35,000 annual articles for the 14 journals combined. Acceptance rates are in the range 50-70% and speed of publication 3-5 months. Common features in mega-journals are alternative impact metrics, easy reusability of figures and data, post-publication discussions and portable reviews from other journals.
Original languageEnglish
Peer-reviewed scientific journalPeerJ
Volume3
Issue number981
Number of pages8
ISSN2167-8359
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 26.05.2015
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article - refereed

Keywords

  • 113 Computer and information sciences
  • 520 Other social sciences

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