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  1. Really? I must say that I cannot agree that open access journals provide a safeguard against the sorts of problems outlined here and attributed to subscription journals. In my experience, some quite prominent open access journals seem to have exceptionally light refereeing and are willing to publish the most scanty of ‘reviews’ – many essentially opinion pieces – as if they were proper scientific papers. I am not talking about PLOS ONE here, where the refereeing in my experience is reasonably comparable with that in many subscription journals, but there are others where it seems that you simply have to pay over your 1.5 thousand dollars, and hey-presto, you have a publication. Strangely enough, in spite of this apparent policy, some of these journals seem to manage to get reasonably high impact. But I do very much worry about the quality of refereeing for the empirical papers in these journals and in my experience, this is more of a problem in the open-access ones, than in the good subscription ones.

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