Open publishing in engineering


Devin R. Berg, Kyle Niemeyer, Luciano Fleischfresser


Editorial in The Journal of Open Engineering


Openness is a cultural trait. It has been argued that open societies promote better quality of life. Science and engineering have a long tradition of offering solutions based on natural and built processes to improve quality of life and bring prosperity. There are around 30,000 science and engineering journals available today, with a majority based on a business model that has proven successful. With some variation, this model comprises four steps: authors submit their papers, peers review these anonymously, then, if accepted, rights are transferred to the publisher, and readers pay in order to consume the final product. Some claim this subscription-based journal model is needed to assure the quality of what goes into the specialized press.


Publisher: 10.21428/12302