Article Processing Charges – APCs, are one of the most widely discussed topics related to publishing in Open Access. The questions that are frequently raised are those of cost transfer (from the reader to the author) and, in particular, the effects of high-level fees on the impact of articles published in open access.
Berstein Research recently released a report entitled The Tyranny of Competition – SCOAP3 shows that price premium is difficult to sustain in an OA World (see here). If you haven’t guessed from the title, the report doesn’t make for rosy reading if you’re at Reed Elsevier. There are lots of interesting nuggets of information contained within in the report. One thing I want to briefly highlight is that the APCs (Author Processing Charges) submitted by publishers are well below what Reed Elsevier needs to sustain its current level of journal revenues: Our analysis shows that Elsevier journal revenues would be […]