In response to a reader's question, Dr. Isis discusses why scientists sometimes have to pay to be published. She writes that originally, scientists submitted their work to journals that their academic libraries, departments, or even they themselves subscribed to; those subscription fees kept the journals funded. Then the rise of public access and open access brought about author fees to defray publication costs, she says. "My favorite journal, The Journal of Applied Physiology, asks for a $50 submission fee while The Public Library of Science requires between $1300-$2850 for publication," Isis blogs. She asks Bora Zivkovic, the online discussion manager for PLoS, if the high fees affect what is ultimately published. His response: no, because PLoS waives fees -- no questions asked -- for scientists who might not be able to afford them.
Paying for Play?
Mar 16, 2009