I need to publish in high impact journals to further my career

  1. Yes you do – we understand that! You can also put a copy of your work in the repository in most cases. Repositories work alongside traditional publishing rather than instead of it. You may be under a mandate from your funding agency to make a version of your work available in an open access format. These 'funder- mandates' encourage academics to have a dialogue with publishers; for example, about embargo periods.

  2. This might come back to time (see above). Positive aspects: increases access to academic publications particularly outside the Western world. Ref circulation of Nature: 55% North America, Europe 27%, Asia Pacific 17%, ROW 1%. See Nature's demographics page.

  3. Journal Impact Factors "correlate poorly with actual citations of individual articles". SEGLEN, P.O. (1997) "Why the impact factor of journals should not be used for evaluating research". British Medical Journal, 314: 498-502. Accessed 5/08/10.

  4. Open access increases citation count (and people do cite from journal not repo). See review of research by Alma Swan. Swan, A. (2010) The Open Access citation advantage: Studies and results to date. Technical Report , School of Electronics & Computer Science, University of Southampton.
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  5. Are they really publishing in highest impact journals? In health and sciences subjects a moral argument could be used (if you think this might work). A good example could be access to articles about such as Malaria in developing countries.

  6. Explore rationale – prestige, career progression. How does open access apply, it can raise your prestige.