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“Free” medical publishing venture gets under way

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: (Published 05 April 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:766

Open access monopoly may threaten smaller journals

  1. Gunther Eysenbach, associate professor (
  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)) (, 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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