With the removal of all financial publishing barriers, the cognitive science journal provides free access for both readers and scholars
The MIT Press is pleased to announce that Open Mind is now a diamond open access journal, eliminating all article processing fees for scholars. By embracing the diamond open access (OA) model, the Journal strives to encourage the publication of new research by more diverse voices and better serve the greater cognitive science community.
Since its founding in 2017, Open Mind has been a venue for the highest quality, most innovative work in cognitive science, delivering permanent and free access to its articles for readers. The Journal covers the broad array of content areas within cognitive science, including cognitive psychology, computer science and mathematical psychology, cognitive neuroscience and neuropsychology, comparative psychology and behavioral anthropology, decision sciences, and theoretical and experimental linguistics. With the elimination of processing fees for authors, Open Mind hopes to increase the rate of submissions across these content areas and aid researchers in publishing their scholarship open access.
“We have seen a hurdle in the form of costs associated with publishing open access,” said Edward Gibson, Editor of Open Mind and Professor, Department of Brain & Cognitive Sciences, MIT. “Even though our open access charge was very low, we think that this was a major deterrent to cognitive science researchers. We are optimistic that these changes will lead to many more submissions to Open Mind, and we hope that the rate of submissions will grow much more over the coming months.”
“We are thrilled to have Open Mind join the diamond OA scholarly ecosystem,” says Nick Lindsay, Director of Journals and Open Access at the MIT Press. “With this move, the Journal joins a growing number of diamond OA publications at the MIT Press that are removing financial barriers to make scholarly communications more equitable.”
In July, Samuel J. Gershman, Professor of Psychology, Harvard University joined Gibson as Co-editor of Open Mind. With Gershman on board, Open Mind aims to better service the broader computational cognitive science community. Gershman explains, “We are hoping researchers from many more domains within cognitive science will see the Journal as a good place to report their projects. We are currently working on special issues on computational cognitive neuroscience, principles of intelligence, and information theory in cognitive systems, with the first scheduled to publish in Spring 2023.”
To support the sustainability of the diamond OA model, Open Mind will be utilizing Janeway for submission and peer review management. Janeway is an inexpensive, open source publishing platform developed by the Centre for Technology and Publishing at Birkbeck, University of London, to support the goals of the Open Library of Humanities, an open access academic publisher.
To learn more Open Mind, visit https://direct.mit.edu/opmi.
Kate Silverman Wilson
Associate Manager, Communications and Community Engagement
The MIT Press