Hi there, I'm trying to dip my feet into the worlds of publishing in physics (quantum theory/mathematical physics) and I would like to make sure that it's available for anyone who wants to read it. I know one of the paths many researchers take is that they send their article to a big journal in their field and then they publish "preprints" of this article e.g. on the arXiv. But what about the other route? Why not publish it openly in the first place? I understand the point of the peer review process, but it appears to be far from ideal. Personally I have read articles in respected journals that were bogus and I've also read brilliant articles published purely on arXiv - and of course also the other way around. I mean, isn't it the researchers work to assess the quality of an article? Does this process not endanger the freedom of science? Wouldn't it make more sense to review and endorse good articles by reading and then citing them? Could it hurt my career if I published only, for example, on arXiv? What are other common ways/platforms for physicists to publish open access without supporting the waste of public money to overpriced journals?