Article Processing Charges (APC) are fees paid by the author, usually with grant money, for publishing Open Access content. Recently, they were a really hot topic, mostly due to the publication of raw data concerning spending by the Wellcome Trust. Data has shown that the average price per article, paid by this organization, which is one of the most prominent Open Access funders, is about 3000$. This amount is much higher than previous studies of the Open Access market have shown. The dataset led Ernetso Priego to suggest a “new (Open Access) serial crisis” – with the prices being raised […]
Maybe you have been wondering what the whole publishing process looks like and what publishers in fact do? Maybe you were asked to pay an Article or Book Processing Charge and you want to know what are you paying for? Or you want to choose between self-archiving (on a private website or on-line repository) and cooperation with a professional publisher, or between publishers X and Y? Anyway it is good to know, in simple terms, what process your paper or your book should go through. So I have tried to summarize the whole process of publishing in a simple graph.
Funding, funding, funding! It is not important whether we talk about Green or Gold OA, since Open Access cannot develop without financial backing. At some point in the publishing process someone has to pay, and for authors looking to publish their papers in OA journals the matter of funding is absolutely crucial. That is why any information about new funds is worth mentioning. So today I have good news – more funding for Open Access, but where?
The issue of free access, both the free and the access components, have a number of currents flowing through, such as its impact on economic growth, its egalitarian-ethical claims, professional advantage to authors, and other broad notions, such as the industry newcomer versus the traditionalist. The two terms, moreover, are often conflated into one brand, which in itself impedes presenting a clear view of Open Access as a publishing proposition and its position in the market, which is that of a professional scientific publisher with characteristics broadly identical to those of the traditional type. In particular, the emphasis on the […]
In 2011 David J Solomon and Bo-Christer Björk published a very interesting paper: “Publication Fees in Open Access Publishing: Sources of Funding and Factors Influencing Choice of Journal.” It revealed fascinating data about Open Access publishing, APCs and other factors, which influenced the choice of a publication model by authors. The results of this survey are well worth discussing.
The issue of APCs is one of the hottest topics related to Gold Open Access. In principle, publication charges should be covered by authors. This situation often discourages scientists from publishing in OA. However, in many cases, the fees are covered by dedicated funds administered by universities and research institutions. In addition, almost 70% of OA journals do not charge those fees at all. It does not change the fact that APCs do exist, but it is also true that authors do not have to pay them at all times.