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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:

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The Hill reports President Donald Trump issued an executive directing federal agencies to cut the number of board and advisory committees they have.

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