Donation-Driven Open Science Journal
By Lyle Burgoon
Why should taxpayers and funding agencies pay journal publication fees and open access charges? I propose creating a new open access journal funded entirely through donations and foundation funding. The journal would be administered by a nonprofit. All work for the nonprofit would be strictly voluntary including editing and peer review. Costs would be limited to server hosting. Free services such as Medium and Gitlab/Github would be used as much as possible to keep costs down. In fact, early on, github pages could be used to keep all costs to near $0. If this worked, it could demonstrate the value of open science and open data (if data were required to be open as a condition of publication).