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Letters Should I publish in an open access journal?

Open access and subscription based journals have similar problems in terms of quantity and relaying science to the public

BMJ 2019; 365 doi: (Published 21 May 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;365:l2248
  1. Ross Mounce, director, open access programmes
  1. Arcadia Fund, London W8 5EH, UK
  1. ross.mounce{at}

In the Head to Head debate on whether to publish in an open access journal, Ashton and Beattie report that PLOS One accepts 70% of submissions.1 That might have been true in 2013, but a more recent and perhaps more accurate figure would be that as of 2017 PLOS One accepts about 50% of submissions, which is an equivalent rate to that of BMJ Open …

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