Assessing the effect of article processing charges on the geographic diversity of authors using Elsevier’s “Mirror Journal” system

  title={Assessing the effect of article processing charges on the geographic diversity of authors using Elsevier’s “Mirror Journal” system},
  author={Audrey Culver Smith and Leandra Merz and Jesse B. Borden and Chris K. Gulick and Akhil R. Kshirsagar and Emilio M. Bruna},
  journal={Quantitative Science Studies},
Abstract Journals publishing open access (OA) articles often require that authors pay article processing charges (APC). Researchers in the Global South often cite APCs as a major financial obstacle to OA publishing, especially in widely recognized or prestigious outlets. Consequently, it has been hypothesized that authors from the Global South will be underrepresented in journals charging APCs. We tested this hypothesis using more than 37,000 articles from Elsevier’s “Mirror journal” system, in… 
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