Stratus is a network of emerging and early career researchers, primarily at the University of Auckland. We run a number of networking and information events throughout the year. The Open Access panel was part of our ‘Strategies for Success’ stream. Fabiana gave a great introduction to OA and the issue of copyright, while I covered predatory OA publishers**. We also had Prof Alistair Gunn and Prof James Sneyd, both of whom have sat on promotions and staffing committees (and both of whom are excellent value on a panel!). Their feeling was that publishing OA will have no impact on research success although both were dismissive of mega-journals like PLOS One, for having high acceptance rates. Not so great to hear as that has to be one of my favourite journals, but not surprising either.
This week I also wrote a post on open access and the communication of science for Creative Commons Aotearoa NZ. I’ll post it on SciBlogs shortly and would be interested in people’s thoughts. As part of the same strand, Dr Paul Gardener wrote about the cost of OA publishing and looked at which journals represented good value for money (purely in terms of impact factor).