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Abstract: As of May 2014, the Directory of
Open Access Journals (DOAJ) listed close to ten thousand fully open
access, peer reviewed, scholarly journals. Most of these journals do not
charge article processing charges (APCs). This article reports the
results of a survey of the 2567 journals, or 26% of journals listed in
DOAJ, that do have APCs based on a sample of 1432 of these journals.
Results indicate a volatile sector that would make future APCs difficult
to predict for budgeting purposes. DOAJ and publisher title lists often
did not closely match. A number of journals were found on examination
not to have APCs. A wide range of publication costs was found for every
publisher type. The average (mean) APC of $964 contrasts with a mode of
$0. At least 61% of publishers using APCs are commercial in nature,
while many publishers are of unknown types. The vast majority of
journals charging APCs (80%) were found to offer one or more variations
on pricing, such as discounts for authors from mid to low income
countries, differential pricing based on article type, institutional or
society membership, and/or optional charges for extras such as English
language editing services or fast track of articles. The complexity and
volatility of this publishing landscape is discussed.
Citation: Morrison, H.; Salhab, J.; Calvé-Genest, A.;
Horava, T. Open Access Article Processing Charges: DOAJ Survey
May 2014. Publications 2015, 3, 1-16.