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“Author pays” as new science publishing model

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.326.7392.765/b (Published 05 April 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:765

Several models of scientific publishing are likely

  1. Martin Richardson, journals director ([email protected])
  1. Oxford University Press, Oxford OX2 6DP
  2. Health Informatics Europe, Brighton BN3 2JD
  3. Department of Surgery, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen AB25 2ZD

    EDITOR—According to Delamothe, a consensus is emerging on how the internet will change the economics of scientific publishing.1 As far as I am aware no journal relying solely on charging authors for online publication has yet managed to derive sufficient revenue from this model to meet its running costs.

    Our approach at Oxford University Press is to maximise the dissemination of our online journals by adapting the traditional subscription model to extend online access to groups of institutions, companies, whole states, or countries. We also offer free online access to the poorest developing countries, and we participate in archives such as those provided by PubMed Central and HighWire Press. In addition, we are experimenting with other pricing models, including charging authors for publication and …

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