May 16, 2022

New Research Article: “Cost Effectiveness Of Open Access Publications”

The following article is scheduled for publication this Fall in Economic Inquiry 52.4 (2014) published by Western Economic Association International. It is currently available online direct from one of the co-authors.


Cost Effectiveness Of Open Access Publications


Jevin D. West
University of Washington

Ted C. Bergstrom
University of California

Carl T. Bergstrom
University of Washington


Selected Works Ted C. Bergstrom (via bepress “SelectedWorks”)


Open access publishing has been proposed as one possible solution to the serials crisis—the rapidly growing subscription prices in scholarly journal publishing. How- ever, open access publishing can present economic pitfalls as well, such as excessive article processing charges. We discuss the decision that an author faces when choosing to submit to an open access journal. We develop an interactive tool to help authors compare among alternative open access venues and thereby get the most for their article processing charges. (JEL I2, C1, A1)

Note: Professor Ted C. Bergstom is also a co-author of the “Evaluating Big Deal Journal Bundles” article that received a great deal of attention after it was published in Junue.

See Also: Additional Publications by Ted C. Bergstrom (via bepress SelectedWorks)

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