January 29 – Collabra is not a U.K. journal, but an initiative of the University of California system
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According to ScienceInsider, an open access journal
in the United Kingdom is going to pay for peer review. Collabra, an open access journal that will be formally introduced tomorrow, will use $250 from each article processing fee ($875) to form a fund to pay reviewers and editors. The amount paid to each reviewer and editor will depend on the size of the fund and a point system intended to reflect each person’s activity with the journal.
(In other words, the payments won’t be done with each article, but periodically based on the person’s activity as reviewer (and/or editor) over the preceding term.)
A percentage of reviewers and editors may opt not to pocket the fee. They can use the money to support open-access activities at their own institution, or return it to the journal, to a separate fund that would help authors defray their article processing fees.
I like experimentation, and hope that the payment processes at Collabra will be sufficiently transparent so that other interested parties can learn from the effort. It would also serve as one way to guard against fraud and abuse connected to these payments. I don’t expect it to happen, but I think it’s important to make sure outside parties see the measures journals take to mitigate the possibilities of waste, fraud and abuse.
Of course, the way Collabra will pay its editors and reviewers doesn’t have to be the only way to do it. What are some other ways journals (open access and traditional) could pay for the efforts of their reviewers and editors?