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A megajournal as a new type of scientific publication

Abstract

The megajournal is a new form of an academic open-access journal that is peer reviewed for scientific and methodological soundness. Thus, the perceived importance is not assessed, leaving it to the readers to decide whether an article is of interest and importance to them. After the highly successful launch of the PLOS ONE megajournal, other publishers followed this path. The current paper undertakes a review of the articles published internationally on the megajournal criteria defining its concept. It also traces how the new type of scientific publication has been developing and expanding since the PLoS ONE launch in 2006.

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Original Russian Text © T.N. Domnina, 2016, published in Nauchno-Tekhnicheskaya Informatsiya, Seriya 1: Organizatsiya i Metodika Informatsionnoi Raboty, 2016, No. 11, pp. 26–36.

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Domnina, T.N. A megajournal as a new type of scientific publication. Sci. Tech. Inf. Proc. 43, 241–250 (2016). https://doi.org/10.3103/S0147688216040079

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Keywords

  • open access
  • megajournals
  • peer review
  • altmetrics
  • article processing charges
  • role of scientific journal