Journal article

From the Field: Elsevier as an Open Access publisher

Academic publishing Academic writing Electronic publishing Publishers and publishing open access
Description

Highlights of this broad-brush case study of Elsevier’s Open Access (OA) journals as of 2016:

Elsevier offers 511 fully OA journals and 2,149 hybrids. Most fully OA journals do not charge article processing charges (APCs). APCs of fully OA journals average $660 US ($1,731 excluding no-fee journals); hybrid OA averages $2,500. A practice termed author nominal copyright is observed, where copyright is in the name of the author although the author contract is essentially a copyright transfer. The prospects for a full Elsevier flip to OA via APC payments for articles going forward are considered and found to be problematic.

Publication Details
Volume:
18
Issue:
3
Pagination:
53-59
Publication Year:
2017