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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

Tens of Millions Saved

The Associated Press writes that vaccines against COVID-19 saved an estimated 20 million lives in their first year.

Supersized Bacterium

NPR reports that researchers have found and characterized a bacterium that is visible to the naked eye.

Also Subvariants

Moderna says its bivalent SARS-CoV-2 vaccine leads to a strong immune response against Omicron subvariants, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Science Papers Present Gene-Edited Mouse Models of Liver Cancer, Hürthle Cell Carcinoma Analysis

In Science this week: a collection of mouse models of primary liver cancer, and more.