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
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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