Many Flavors of Open Access

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When people refer to open access journals, there are actually a number of different models that they have in mind. Nick Fowler, head of strategy at Elsevier, breaks them down into the four main flavors.

Author pays BioMed Central and PLoS both utilize this approach, which relies on authors paying a fee to be published and then not having subscription charges for anyone to access the journal. Fowler says that about 1 percent of all articles are published in author-pays journals, and that that number has remained consistent for the past five years or so.

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