Content-type: text/html ~ Stephen's Web ~ New PLOS pricing test could signal end of scientists paying to publish free papers

Stephen Downes

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The original model established by the Public Library of Science (PLoS) was to charge authors to publish papers. These papers would then be made available to everyone for free - in other words, they would be made open access (the real kind of open, not the fake 'open' we see elsewhere). This model has always had its issues; it was inequitable, for one, and is difficult to make sustainable. The new model being piloted would have institutions, not individuals, pay the publication costs. "The fee is based in part on how many papers all researchers at all institutions in the tier have published in recent years in the journal, either as corresponding or contributing authors." It's a model that should be watched closely by producers of open educational resources.

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