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Re: "Open Access" at Cambridge University Press
So, in essence, the $2700 fee for the "Open Access" option is to
the cost of the storage space for the author's PDF??? Oh I don't think
Actually, I'd assumed that the $2700 was to offset the fees they would
normally charge to researchers who wanted to purchase online access to
the article. Publishers charge between $14 and $40 per article when
you get an ala carte pdf from their journals, so I assume the they are
providing authors with the choice to pay themselves rather than charge
others, making it less expensive for resarchers to get access, and
therefore making it more likely that people will use/cite the authors'
I don't like the current models of economics that underlie access to
peer-reviewed literature any more than you do, but this seems pretty
much inline with how they are currently structured; the publisher is
just offering to shift the costs around at the authors' preference.
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