The vital importance of being open: reflections on peer reviewing in scholarly publishing

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This position paper reflects upon the publication policies and practices of the Scottish Geographical Journal (SGJ), as presented by the new editorial team in their introductory editorial ‘‘In the critical department’: refreshing the Scottish Geographical Journal’ (Philo, C., Hurst, M., Laurie, E., & Thomas, R. (2022). ‘In the Critical Department’: Refreshing the Scottish Geographical Journal. Scottish Geographical Journal, 138(1-2), 1–15). Specifically, the focus is on alternative, open peer review practices that the journal has considered as one opportunity to emphasise mutual respect between scholars and substantial research quality, vis-à-vis aggression and Journal Impact Factors. The paper draws from the author’s own experiences as science editor, from her activities in science policy, and from networks in non-commercial open access publishing often referred to as diamond or platinum OA.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)150-159
Issue number1-2
Early online date9 Mar 2023
Publication statusPublished - 2023
Publication typeB1 Journal article


  • alternative scholarly publishing
  • diamond open access
  • Open peer review
  • platinum open access

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Earth-Surface Processes


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