How to influence journals towards OA when no leverage
I uploaded a preprint (2nd in EarthArXiv, if I remember correctly), which I also submitted to EPSL. Manuscript was rejected after 10 months and 2 rounds of reviews. Based on the review, I’ve split the paper in two, one for EPSL (covering what reviewers asked), one for GEOLOGY (GSA) (covering what I wanted). Even though my original preprint was clearly different from the GEOLOGY submission, the core subject matter was related. I was advised by Patience Cowie, a former science editor aware of the preprint, to make sure it was not available anywhere. Cowie mentioned that a quick screening of any potential reviewer could lead to pose questions on the originality of the work, and that this is a no-no for GEOLOGY.
I truly believe that this makes no sense, but at this point in my career (trying to get out of a lengthy post postdoctorate unemployment), I think it’s not wise to risk a rejection on these grounds. So, I retrieved the preprint. I share while envying @christopherjackson1 stand on this, and the remaining question for me is the following:
What can we, ECR / not (yet) recognised researchers, do to change this attitude towards preprints?