November 26, 2015

Commentary: “Open Access and the Author-Pays Problem: Assuring Access for Readers and Authors in a Global Community of Scholars”

The following commentary appears in the latest issue of the Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication.


Open Access and the Author-Pays Problem: Assuring Access for Readers and Authors in a Global Community of Scholars


A. Townsend Peterson
University of KansasFollow

Ada Emmet
Purdue UniversityFollow

Marc L. Greenberg
University of Kansas


Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication
Vol. 1, No. 3

From the Commentary

This commentary is not a criticism of OA publishers with author-pays systems, such as PLoS, which has creatively faced a difficult challenge and stands as an example of a successful non-profit OA publishing endeavor. Nor is this commentary an attack on OA journals in general. On the contrary, this paper advocates developing a robust and vibrant variety of OA journals. Two of the authors are also publishers of OA journals that do not follow the ‘authorpays’ system, described briefly later in this commentary.

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