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    • CommentAuthorMark C. Wilson
    • CommentTimeSep 25th 2012

    Article processing charges have been set: At first glance this just seems to be subsidizing journals at far too high a rate. My views are hardening every day on this issue. It simply cannot cost this amount of money to provide the services that these journals allegedly do. There is little transparency in peer review, so we have no idea of its quality, and we have gone over typesetting, etc, in other threads.

  1. The rates seem high, but are lower than the charges for optional open access at Springer and Elsevier, and far lower than the average revenue per article in the current subscription model. SCOAP will spend much less money per article than the subscribing libraries for other fields, so it still is a neat improvement on the current situation.We can moreover see this as a first step ; in three years (end of the current contract), it should be possible for new publishers to propose better rates and impulse some price competition, and journal transition from big commercial publishers to academic ones can be facilitated.

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    • CommentAuthorMark C. Wilson
    • CommentTimeJan 9th 2014

    Looks like SCOAP is slowly moving along, but I am not optimistic: