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Equity for Open-Access Journal Publishing

  • Stuart M. Shieber mail

    shieber@seas.harvard.edu

    Affiliation: School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States of America

    Stuart M. Shieber is the Director of the Office for Scholarly Communication at Harvard University.

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  • Published: August 04, 2009
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pbio.1000165
  • Featured in PLOS Collections

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Maybe there is no dilemma

Posted by hubbertz on 25 Sep 2009 at 20:30 GMT

Prospective authors would suddenly be faced with the prospect of paying, say, US$1,500 to publish their articles in your journal, as compared to paying nothing for your competitors' journals.
http://plosbiology.org/article/info:doi/10.1371/journal.pbio.1000165#article1.body1.sec1.p8

By and large, most subscription-based (i.e. “closed”) journals require page charges of authors as well as subscription charges of subscribers. These page charges may be $200 or more per page. It is commonly accepted for scientists to pay these out of their research grants. Hence, there may be less of a dilemma here than the author believes.

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