Articles | Volume 23, issue 2
17 Nov 2023
Editorial |  | 17 Nov 2023

Editorial: Pay to criticise? Rebuttal articles in open-access journals should be published for free

Daniel Montesinos

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Short summary
Rebuttal articles are always unpleasant to write and, for open-access journals, they might also involve costly article processing charges (APCs). Presently, authors willing to unveil critical flaws in published research might not be able to overcome the added burdens of cost, time, confrontation risks, and small professional gain. APCs of critical articles should be waived by default.