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Why are we changing to an Open Access (OA) format?
It provides the highest level of visibility for published works and facilitates increased citation and further dissemination of the information, all of which aligns with the vision of PSA to be the world’s most respected resource for poultry sciences. Also, expectations of the academic community and publishing trends are moving in the direction of free availability (no cost to the reader) of research findings, especially when funded by government entities.
Why are we moving our journal publishing to Elsevier?
The PSA Board of Directors recently approved changing its journals to an OA format and Elsevier presented the best overall proposal. Elsevier is well positioned to support PSA’s transition to OA and has considerable experience transitioning journals from subscription models to OA.
What is the term of the new publishing agreement with Elsevier?
The initial term is from January 1, 2020, to December 31, 2024, with subsequent 3-year renewals, if mutually agreed.
Does this change to OA apply to both Poultry Science© and The Journal of Applied Poultry Research?
Yes, both journals will be OA, beginning with articles published after January 1, 2020.
What is a “Gold Open Access” article?
This is a journal article for which the author has agreed to permit perpetual, unrestricted online access to the final, published version of the article to readers immediately upon publication.
Will all previously published articles be available as OA?
Yes, beginning January 1, 2020, all PSA journal articles (including all past articles) will be freely available.
Will the author retain copyright of the article?
Yes, the article is freely shareable worldwide when it is first published online, but the author retains the copyright. The author also retains all rights to patents, trademarks or other intellectual property rights. The author will be able to use the Creative Commons license, which allows readers and other users to copy and distribute (parts of) the article. By default, articles will be published under the CC BY-NC-ND (non-commercial, no derivative) license, which protects authors by restricting reuse of the articles to non-commercial purposes and not permitting distribution of the article if it is changed or edited in any way. However, authors can also opt for the CC BY license if their funding body mandates it, which extends options for reuse of the article, including allowing for alterations and revisions to the article and reuse by commercial entities.
Is there a limit on the number of pages that can be published in an OA article?
No, there is no page limit on OA articles.
Is there a color-charge or other charges for additional graphs, tables, etc.?
No, the OA articles will only incur the appropriate OA Member/Non-Member fee.
Will authors be charged an OA publishing fee?
Yes, PSA members will pay $1500 per article and non-members will pay $2000 per article. These fees are the same for both journals.
Will authors experience an increase in publishing charges?
Yes, most authors will incur an increase in publishing charges, when comparing the average journal article “page charges” to the OA fee. However, PSA believes the additional benefits of OA will justify the extra cost, including such benefits as no page restrictions and no color charges. Additionally, authors are expected to realize the benefits of making their research findings more readily available, more citable and more applicable throughout the poultry industry.
Will there be an option to pay “page charges” rather than the OA fee?
No, all articles published in OA format will be charged at the appropriate Member or Non-Member OA fee.
What if my manuscript was submitted before the October 1 cut off to ScholarOne?
If your manuscript was submitted before October 1, your manuscript will still be reviewed through the ScholarOne system. Upon acceptance of your manuscript you will be billed under the previous page charge model. However, your manuscript will be published by Elsevier under the new open access format. This only applies to manuscripts that were submitted BEFORE October 1, 2019.
Will printed copies of the journal still be available?
As part of the digital Open Access movement and in order to minimize the cost of the OA publishing fee, the journals will move to an electronic-oriented model. Print copies will NOT be distributed.
Will authors continue to submit articles via Manuscript Central?
No, with the move to Elsevier, PSA will be moving to Editorial Manager which is Elsevier’s preferred article management system. It operates very similarly to Manuscript Central.
When is the cut-off for article submission under the current subscription “page charge” model?
The final cut-off date will be October 1st, 2019. Manuscripts submitted after the cut-off date will be published in 2020 as OA articles and will incur the OA fee, if accepted for publication. Manuscripts submitted before this date will still be published under the “page charge” model upon acceptance, regardless of publication date.
Will the article style format be changing?
For the Poultry Science© journal, there will be no significant changes to the style or reference formatting of manuscripts; however, the Board has recently approved merging the sections of ‘Genetics and Genomics’ and ‘Molecular and Cellular Biology’ into a single new section of ‘Genetics and Molecular Biology’. For the Journal of Applied Poultry Research, authors will begin using the same references format as Poultry Science©, while the manuscript style and structure will remain the same. These changes will take effect for manuscripts submitted after October 1, 2019. There are no other material changes being considered at this time, though some of the design aspects of the journal covers and website are currently under review.
Will there be any changes to the peer-review process?
No, there are no editorial process changes anticipated in the peer-review process, though current improvements are being made to facilitate bringing journal articles to press more quickly.
Will printed copies of the journal still be available?
As part of the digital Open Access movement and in order to minimize the cost of the OA publishing fee, the journals will move to an electronic-oriented model. However, print copies of the journals will remain available on an ‘on-demand’ basis. If you want to order copies of the journals, please contact PSA at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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