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BMJ endorses ‘author pays’ model

Posted by Ed on May 2, 2003

A couple of weeks ago I posted an entry about a new model for scientific publishing, which would see the author (or funding body) paying the costs of publication but retaining copyright and allowing free access to the published article for all.

An editorial in this week’s BMJ discusses this very issue. One of the major sticking points envisaged by the BMJ is the institutions’ reliance on impact factors (IF) as the sole measure of the quality of a journal. This makes the transition difficult as everybody waits for the IF of a new journal to go up before publishing there. Of course, while everybody’s waiting, the IF doesn’t go up.

The BMJ has been exemplary on this front, having provided free access for a number of years now.


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