Published: 08/29/2018 Pages: 60 Full Study Price: US$ 1,995
Open access is the online digital delivery free of charge to the reader and without most copyright and licensing restrictions. The term was only coined a dozen years ago and continues to undergo theoretical debate about how free the cost and how restrictive the rights.
Because open access removes price barriers, revenue is not necessarily the most important metric for the sector. Furthermore, revenue must be carefully defined because OA publishers employ many business models. Each publisher is different and often there are differences between publications within the same stable.
OA is still a young idea without the centuries of evolution of the traditional subscription and peer review methods. It took years for the online journal charging mechanisms to settle into a few discrete business models and open access still has its critics. Fundamental to the debate is the innate conflict of interest the paid gold model offers: the more that is published, the more money to be made.