Editor’s Note: As part of our celebration of Open Access Week, we plan to post brief ‘interviews’ with editors of OA journals who are part of the OSU or Ohio community. If you know someone who edits an OA journal, and would like to see them recognized here, email me.
Our first mini-interview is with Lynn Elfner, the CEO Emeritus of the Ohio Academy of Science, and the acting editor-in-chief of the Ohio Journal of Science (OJS). OJS is a peer-reviewed journal covering all fields of science, that has been in publication for more than a century. This year, Dr. Elfner led the journal in changing from a traditional, subscription-access model, to a ‘hybrid’ Open Access model. Here, we have asked him a few questions about the reasons for that change, and how it has worked so far.
Q: Why did you decide to switch the Ohio Journal of Science to a hybrid OA publishing model?
A: We felt that going to Open Access would speed up publication; it’s frustrating to do a print-only journal that gets published at the rate of the slowest author(s). The most significant benefit of Open Access for The Ohio Journal of Science is that it is also available very quickly on the Knowledge Bank. We also expect to realize some cost savings in printing and postage.
Q: How is open access viewed in your field? Did you have any concerns about the impact of the switch on the journal?
Probably mixed. Our basic concern is whether our new financial model will work. We’ve increased our page charges and redesigned the pages to make it easier to read online.
Q: Have you seen benefits from making the journal content freely available online immediately upon publication?
It’s too early to tell but nobody has complained.
Q: Any interesting interactions with readers who would not have had access to it otherwise?
No. All is quiet. It’s been difficult to explain the change to subscription agencies and librarians. This is partly our fault.
Thank you to Dr. Elfner for answering our questions!