Corbyn Z. Price doesn't always buy prestige in open access. Nature 22 Jan. 2013
An online interactive tool suggests that the open-access journals that charge the most aren't necessarily the most influential. This freely accessible tool, called Cost Effectiveness for Open Access Journals and launched in January 2013, incorporates pricing and prestige information for 657 open-access journals indexed by Thomson Reuters, including 356 that do not charge any fees.
The data are plotted to show a journal's Article Influence (AI) score against the fee it charges per article. The tool shows that a journal's fees do not correlate particularly strongly with its influence, as measured by a citation-based index. This metric could be used by authors to help them decide between the different venues they could publish in.