Peer Review #3 of "Have the "mega-journals" reached the limits to growth? (v0.1)" [peer_review]

H Maisonneuve
2015 unpublished
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 megajournals. This article presents the evolution of mega-journals since 2010 in terms of article publication rates. The fastest growth seems to have
more » ... rowth 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. Abstract 6 7 A "mega-journal" is a new type of scientific journal that publishes freely accessible articles, which 8 have been peer reviewed for scientific trustworthiness, but leaves it to the readers to decide 9 which articles are of interest and importance to them. In the wake of the phenomenal success of 10 PLOS ONE, several other publishers have recently started mega-journals. This article presents 11 the evolution of mega-journals since 2010 in terms of article publication rates. The fastest 12 growth seems to have ebbed out at around 35,000 annual articles for the 14 journals combined. 13 Acceptance rates are in the range 50-70% and speed of publication 3-5 months. Common Reviewing Manuscript 217 articles as they wish. The fee varies according to have many articles per year are allowed, and 218 varies between 99 for one article per year and 299 USD for an unlimited number. Every co-219 author needs, however, to be a member. The de facto APC totally paid per article is difficult to 220 calculate because it also depends on the number of repeat authors. Davis (2014) in an analysis of 221 600 articles published in the journal found a median number of four authors per article, which 222 would indicate an average per article cost of 400 USD. This would be a probably upper limit to 223 the long run average APC. 224 Acceptance rates 225 The only way to obtain information about the acceptance rates for individual journals is if the 226 publisher in question has made this information available. Acceptance rate data could be found 227 for the following journals: 228 229 PLOS ONE, 69 % 3 230 BMJ Open, 60 % 4 231 Scientific Reports, 55 % 5 232 FEBS Bio Open, 68%, 6 233 Biology Open, 51 %, 7 3 http://www.plosone.org/static/information 4
doi:10.7287/peerj.981v0.1/reviews/3 fatcat:nzigblh6o5a5ffkzujcngxkzlu