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Van Noorden R (2013) Open access: the true cost of science publishing. Nature 495:426–9.

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Van Noorden R (2013) Nature

Abstract: Cheap open-access journals raise questions about the value publishers add for their money. Michael Eisen doesn't hold back when invited to vent. β€œIt's still ludicrous how much it costs to publish research β€” let alone what we pay,” he declares. The biggest travesty, he says, is that the scientific community carries out peer review β€” a major part of scholarly publishing β€” for free, yet subscription-journal publishers charge billions of dollars per year, all told, for scientists to read the final product. β€œIt's a ridiculous transaction,” he says.

Eisen, a molecular biologist at the University of California, Berkeley, argues that scientists can get much better value by publishing in open-access journals, which make articles free for everyone to read and which recoup their costs by charging authors or funders. Among the best-known examples are journals published by the Public Library of Science (PLoS), which Eisen co-founded in 2000. β€œThe costs of research publishing can be much lower than people think,” agrees Peter Binfield, co-founder of one of the newest open-access journals, PeerJ, and formerly a publisher at PLoS.

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