Peter Suber of Open Access News tries to figure out if OA publishing is going to be any less expensive than subscription journals. The problem, he says, is that there's no solid data on costs, and most journals aren't that transparent. UK-based Research Information Network estimated last year that it costs $7,800 to publish and distribute a print article today, but that moving to an OA model might not be any cheaper, considering author-side payment.

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