“Free” medical publishing venture gets under way

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.326.7392.766 (Published 05 April 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:766

Open access monopoly may threaten smaller journals

  1. Gunther Eysenbach, associate professor (geysenba@uhnres.utoronto.ca)
  1. University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada M5G 2C4
  2. London E8 1AJ

    EDITOR—I am editor and publisher of a small but (in my opinion) high quality open access journal (Journal of Medical Internet Research (JMIR)) (http://www.jmir.org/), which has been open access since its inception in 1999 and which recently introduced an article processing fee of $500 (£306; €463). I therefore cannot help feeling threatened by a powerful organisation such as the Public Library of Science (PLoS), with a backing of $9m and influential people at the top.1

    I wonder why—if you have $9m—you still need to charge the authors three times more than we charge for …

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