Open access: The true cost of science publishing

  title={Open access: The true cost of science publishing},
  author={Richard Van Noorden},
Michael Eisen doesn’t hold back when invited to vent. “It’s still ludicrous how much it costs to publish research — let alone what we pay,” he declares. The biggest travesty, he says, is that the scientific community carries out peer review — a major part of scholarly publishing — for free, yet subscription-journal publishers charge billions of dollars per year, all told, for scientists to read the final product. “It’s a ridiculous transaction,” he says. 
The democratization of scientific publication
What’s next for the revolution in scientific publishing? The scientific publishing industry is facing challenges to pillars of tradition like peer review and journal subscription. In the face of
A Plea for Fairer Sharing of the True Costs of Publication
Under open access (OA), the public has immediate access to scholarly output free of charge. In the case of author-pays Gold OA, publishers charge scholars at acceptance for publishing the results of
We can shift academic culture through publishing choices
  • C. Logan
  • Political Science, Medicine
  • 2017
I explain exploitative and ethical publishing practices, highlighting choices researchers can make right now to stop exploiting ourselves and discriminating against others.
A not‐so‐harmless experiment in predatory open access publishing
Plagiarism should not be solely blamed on authors when editors may be the culprits, and editors and publishers may fraudulently change articles to make them more publishable.
Make Open Access Publishing Fair and Transparent
The scientific publication landscape has dramatically changed in environmental sciences (and beyond) since the onset of this millennium by two closely interconnected trends: the widespread emergence
Open regional science
This presidential address will contrast two worlds of science. The first, and the one we regional scientists currently find ourselves embedded within, is what I will call captured science. While this
The author’s ignorance on the publication fees is a source of power for publishers
A model of competition between academic journals to publish authors’ manuscripts is shown and it is shown that a higher proportion of journals will add complexity to their author’s costs when there is greater journal competition in the research field.
Academic publishing empires need to go
In response to the editorial “Open access and academic imperialism” by Burgman (2018) and signed by a large group of editors, we wish to express our disappointment with such a narrow and misleading
Democratizing Academic Journals: Technology, Services,and Open Access
3 Open access for the reader doesn't guarantee cheaper access fees for the academy. It's time for a 21st century upending of the exorbitantly expensive corporate journal publishing system in order to
Why scholarly publishing might be a bubble
Factors that justify the high costs of scholarly publishing (largely secondary to science itself ) are progressively fading while, concurrently, the same new circumstances provide the necessary infrastructure for scientific communication to become cheaper, circumventing intermediaries.


Anatomy of open access publishing: a study of longitudinal development and internal structure
OA journal publishing is disrupting the dominant subscription-based model of scientific publishing, having rapidly grown in relative annual share of published journal articles during the last decade.
A study of open access journals using article processing charges
This study studied the APCs charged and article volumes of journals that were listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals as charging APCs, finding that Professionally published journals had substantially higher APCs than journals published by societies, universities, or scholars/researchers.