Does Open Access (OA) publishing mean having to accept lower-quality peer-reviewed journals, as some claim, or can we expect OA to improve quality? How good are the current tools used to measure the quality of research papers in any case, and could OA help develop new ones?
He added, "I try to only publish in journals with high impact factors. For grant renewals, promotion and annual merit raises, an article in PRL or Science counts a lot more than 10 articles in a no-named journal."
The Impact factor
Like most researchers, Bittner appears to believe that the best tool for measuring the quality of published research is the so-called journal impact factor (IF, or JIF). So apparently does his department. Explained Bittner:
In short, if some OA journals appear to be of lower quality than their TA counterparts, this may simply be a function of their youth, and say very little about their intrinsic value.