Monday, September 09, 2013

B - Open access: the true cost of science publishing

Van Noorden R. Open access: the true cost of science publishing. Nature 2013;495:426-429
(doi: 10.1038/495426a)
 
The article from the Nature Special Future of Publishing points out the different views on the costs of publishing. It discusses the true cost of science publishing and the value publishers add for their money. The variance in prices is leading everyone involved to question the academic publishing establishment as never before: while some publishers report very low costs per article, others expect their cost per paper much higher. If a switch to open-access publishing led scientists to drive down fees by choosing cheaper journals, it would undermine important values such as editorial quality.

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