BioMed Central and PLoS, the two largest open-access publishers, charge $1,350 to $2,250 to publish peer-reviewed manuscripts in many of their journals, albeit their most selective offers price $2,700 to $2,900. A number of other publishers have also introduced or are considering introducing open access fees.
The gold open access model requires that authors pay publication charges to have their work made freely available online. This is in contrast to the green open access model which makes work freely available without requiring payment from authors. In addition, gold open access journals require that authors comply with certain policies in order to make their work accessible after the initial peer review process has been completed.
For most papers, the cost of publishing in a gold open access journal will be comparable to that of publishing in a traditional subscription journal. However, because authors retain copyright and can choose where to send copies of their work, some people believe that gold open access enables better quality control through more rigorous peer review processes. Others argue that the additional barrier to entry created by open access fees reduces competition and therefore results in higher costs for readers.
Publishing in an open access journal allows researchers to disseminate their work more quickly and effectively. As well as being free for readers, open access research is also less likely to be missed by libraries who cannot afford to purchase individual articles (although they can still read them via the web).
The opportunity for anybody to see and download your content without having to pay is referred to as open access. Fees for the best open access journals range from $1,000 to $2,500. The Directory of Open Access Publications has over 8,000 articles and is an excellent resource for locating open access journals in your discipline. Many universities make their research available free of charge through their libraries. In addition, some large publishers may offer free access to certain journals they publish.
Open access publishing has become popular because it can be done freely online, which allows researchers to share and disseminate information quickly and easily worldwide. As well, it helps preserve academic journal articles because they are not required to be published in expensive print editions or sold in bookstores. Instead, they can be accessed online for free by anyone with an internet connection. This makes scientific knowledge accessible to all people, which is important for advancing our understanding of science itself and using that knowledge to improve human lives.
The rise of open access publishing has led to concern about its impact on peer review and publication bias. Some critics argue that publishing open access prevents authors from submitting their work to journals that don't meet their expectations or aren't profitable, which could lead to publications being biased in favor of studies that generate the most interest or appeal to the majority of editors/managers.
The pay-to-publish approach is used to promote open access publishing, in which authors (or others on their behalf) pay an Article Publishing Charge (APC) to enable the article to be made publicly available immediately after publication. We determine APC rates using the following criteria: Journalist caliber. The higher-caliber outlets usually charge more.
Funding bodies may choose to fund open access publishing as part of their general research funding, either by requiring that funded researchers make their work freely available or by providing separate funds for this purpose. These policies are increasingly common among large institutions that can leverage their buying power.
Some journals will not accept articles that do not comply with their open access policy. In other cases, editors and reviewers may request changes to articles that don't conform to a journal's model of open access, even if the author has not paid a fee. Editors and reviewers can help ensure that articles are properly cited and include necessary information for readers outside of the original community of scholars interested in the topic by asking questions about methods and findings. They can also help ensure that articles do not contain plagiarism by checking citations and reference lists.
In conclusion, no, you do not have to pay to publish in open access journals.
Gold open access publication costs for Elsevier titles are journal-specific article publishing charges that vary from $500 to $5,000 USD. These fees cover the online storage and maintenance of a journal's article archive as well as providing access via an unlimited number of downloads and page views.
For other publishers, the price of gold open access can range from free to high six figures ($100K or more). The high end of the scale is primarily driven by academic society journals which have higher submission requirements and thus costlier production to meet those standards. For example, BioMed Central journals are published under the Open Access model and can be made available free of charge or at very low cost (or even zero). However, they require that authors pay an author service fee to cover the administrative and organizational costs involved in producing open access articles.
The actual amount you will have to pay depends on several factors such as the type of paper you are submitting, its length, whether it is your first or subsequent submission, etc. But after taking all these factors into account, we can say that the average payment for gold open access is about $10,000.