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Monday, October 16, 2006

Open Access for Authors and Readers

The Directory of Open Access Journals just got a whole lot more useful by including information about author fees for Open Access journals. Indeed, it correctly lists the Beilstein Journal of Organic Chemistry and ARKIVOC as the two fully open organic chemistry journals.

As I mentioned before, I don't think that moving the financial hurdle from the readers to the authors is sufficient to really free up scientific dissemination.

What would be really interesting is for these publishers to make their budgets open to see how it is possible to run Open Access journals for free (or $100) while others are losing money charging over $1000/article.

Thanks to Andrew Waller from OA Librarian for the post.


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