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Beware of the Hidden Costs

At the Libertas Academica blog, Tom Hill posts a list of OA publication processing fees, which, he writes, "are one of the most vexed areas of open access publishing." He adds tips on how researchers can get the best deal for the smallest fee, and says to consider the additional hidden costs of publishing and whether the journal is truly open access. Most of all, he says that high author fees harm open access, writing this:

OA has not 'won' the battle against conventional journals. We have many authors left to convince and outrageous fees make it seem as if the publishing industry has moved from one form of exploitation (escalating subscriptions with the threat of loss of access if they cannot be met) to another where fees massively outweigh the actual costs involved in processing a submission.

The Scan

Missed Early Cases

A retrospective analysis of blood samples suggests early SARS-CoV-2 infections may have been missed in the US, the New York Times reports.

Limited Journal Editor Diversity

A survey finds low diversity among scientific and medical journal editors, according to The Scientist.

How Much of a Threat?

Science writes that need for a provision aimed at shoring up genomic data security within a new US bill is being questioned.

PNAS Papers on Historic Helicobacter Spread, Brain Development, C. difficile RNAs

In PNAS this week: Helicobacter genetic diversity gives insight into human migrations, gene expression patterns of brain development, and more.