Publishing Scientific Journals: Benefits and Costs

For a scientist, having work published in a black book is a remarkable achievement. It testifies to the long days and sleepless nights spent in coming up with his or her findings.

Moreover, it is rewarding to the scientist that his or her efforts have borne fruit, while it also earns scientists the respect of their peers.

Besides the accolades, publishing in scientific journals has immense benefits, some of which are discussed below.

Citations in Academic Journals

Publishing allows scientists from within the same field to get concrete evidence that enhances the credibility of their work.

Publishing in journals also allows their fellow scientists to cite their findings, thereby lending credence to their own scientific conclusions.

Public Knowledge and Discourse

What’s more, scientific work is good for society as a whole. Publishing in scientific journals contributes to public knowledge across a range of fields.

Scientific journals serve to benefit not just the scientific community, but the government, media, and the general public. Regarding matters of public concern, such as disease control, the public is better informed by these journals, and therefore forewarned.

Through the discourses contained in scientific journals, society is also kept informed about the latest scientific advances.

Costs of Publication

Publishing, however, is not without costs. These include the cost of producing the manuscript, along with the cost of editing, binding, and postage.

The cost of having a journal published is also substantial. For journals published online, there are also costs associated with internet indexing, hyperlinking, graphics, and images.

Online journals also require provisions to allow readers to leave comments and reach out to the author for further information.


In summary, publishing scientific journals has benefits as well as costs. But the benefits far outweigh the costs, given that contributions to public knowledge are too important to be quantified.