The oligopoly’s shift to open access publishing

How for-profit publishers benefit from gold and hybrid article processing charges

Authors

  • Leigh-Ann Butler University of Ottawa
  • Lisa Matthias
  • Marc-André Simard
  • Phil Mongeon
  • Stefanie Haustein

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.29173/cais1262

Abstract

This study estimates fees paid for gold and hybrid open access articles in journals published by the oligopoly of academic publishers, which acknowledge funding from the Canadian Tri-Agency. It employs bibliometric methods using data from Web of Science, Unpaywall, open datasets of article processing charges list prices as well as historical fees retrieved via the Internet Archive Wayback Machine for journals published by Elsevier, Springer-Nature, Wiley, Sage and Taylor & Francis to estimate article processing charges for open access articles published between 2015 and 2018 that acknowledge funding from the Canadian Federal funding agencies CIHR, NSERC, and SSHRC, as well as grants jointly administered by the Tri-Agency. During the four-year period analyzed, a total of 6,892 gold and 4,097 hybrid articles that acknowledge Tri-Agency funding were identified, for which the total list prices amount to $US 27.6 million.

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Published

2022-08-06

How to Cite

Butler, L.-A., Matthias, L. ., Simard, M.-A., Mongeon, P., & Haustein, S. (2022). The oligopoly’s shift to open access publishing: How for-profit publishers benefit from gold and hybrid article processing charges. Proceedings of the Annual Conference of CAIS / Actes Du congrès Annuel De l’ACSI. https://doi.org/10.29173/cais1262

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Articles