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[BOAI] Open access: What price affordability?

From: "Richard Poynder" <ricky AT>
Date: Fri, 15 Aug 2014 11:00:59 +0100

I have had an editorial published in ecancer journal with the above title. 


The final two paragraphs read:


[W]hat if funders, governments and research institutions ceased providing
money for researchers to pay to publish, and instead insisted that they
continue publishing in subscription journals-but always self-archived their
papers in OA repositories (green OA)? Would this not mean that publishers
would have to compete with repositories in access provision? And would they
not as a result lower their prices? And if they did, could we not hope to
see both the accessibility and affordability problems resolved?


Some will respond that in the wake of the pushback against the Finch Report,
and the subsequent gold OA policy announced in 2013 by Research Councils UK,
the trend now is in any case to introduce green OA mandates. But these
mandates still sometimes expect researchers to prefer gold OA, and are
usually accompanied by APC funds. Moreover, the requirements of a green OA
mandate can in any case be met by paying to publish in a gold OA journal.
For so long as funders offer to pay their APCs, therefore, most researchers
will likely choose that option, if only because it is much easier.



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