“Author pays” publishing model: Answering to some objections

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.327.7405.54 (Published 03 July 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:54
  1. Peter Suber, professor of philosophy (peters@earlham.edu)
  1. Earlham College, Richmond, IN 47374, USA

    EDITOR—Many readers' responses to the editorial by Delamothe et al are variations on the theme that authors cannot afford to pay to publish their work, especially young scientists and those from developing countries.1 2

    This is a real problem, but the editorial described three actual or potential developments that would make it unnecessary for authors to pay these fees.

    Firstly, the editorial advocated that funding agencies treat the cost of …

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