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Publishing Research Quarterly

, Volume 33, Issue 1, pp 64–70 | Cite as

Threats to the Survival of the Author-Pays-Journal to Publish Model

  • Aceil Al-KhatibEmail author
  • Jaime A. Teixeira da SilvaEmail author
Article

Abstract

While many agree that society as a whole, the progress of science, education, health care, patients, and policy makers would benefit tremendously from making access to research publications and data freely available to students, researchers, physicians and even the public, particularly in the case of publicly funded research, many questions regarding the future of the author-pays journal model to publish in open access journals remain unanswered, especially since article processing charges (APCs) fund peer review and publishing costs. Unlike the subscriber-pays traditional publishing model, the inherent interest in charging authors APCs as publication costs to have their work peer reviewed by experts in their field raises many concerns including the potential abuse by predatory publishers who may spot opportunities for profit, the objectivity and credibility of peer review, and the viability of this model in the light of rapidly evolving publishing practices and venues. In this piece, we discuss some challenges that may threaten the survival of the author-pays journal publishing model, evolving the “publish or perish” into a “pay to publish or perish” model.

Keywords

Article processing charges Predatory publishers Credibility Open access 

Abbreviations

APC

Article processing charge

APJ

Author-pays-journal

OAJ

Open access journal

PPPR

Post publication peer review

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of DentistryJordan University of Science and TechnologyIrbidJordan
  2. 2.Kita GunJapan

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