But Wait, There’s More: Just $3000 Buys Open Access to Your Article

I thought $29.95 was bad, but get this.

Listen to this deal from WileyInterScience:

Authors of accepted peer-reviewed articles have the choice to pay a fee in order for their published article to be made freely accessible to all. For 2008, the OnlineOpen fee is fixed at US$3000 for most journals.

I’m having a little trouble with that “freely accessible” coupled with a $3000 fee.

OnlineOpen is available to authors of primary research articles who wish to make their article available to non-subscribers on publication, or whose funding agency requires grantees to archive the final version of their article. With OnlineOpen the author, the author’s funding agency, or the author’s institution pays a fee to ensure that the article is made available to non-subscribers upon publication via Wiley InterScience, as well as deposited in the funding agency’s preferred archive.

This phrase is interesting: “funding agency requires grantees.” Many, many scientific studies reported in these journals are supported by state or Federal funding, that is, by taxpayer monies. I suppose what this means in practice is that a line item of $3000 must be added to each proposal for funding from such sources and then that $3000 goes into Wiley InterScience’s pockets. Out of yours, into theirs.

True, most if not all  scientific journals have charged page fees to institutions in the past to cover typesetting and other production costs, but not flat fees of $3000. Moreover, typesetting charts, graphs, figures, and so on, and making half-tones — all those laborious pre-desktop publishing tasks — meant that the fees were used to cover work that had to be done. Sensibly enough, a 15-page article cost more than a 5-page one.

In comparison, what  exactly does Wiley InterScience do to earn $3000?


In addition to publication online via Wiley InterScience, authors of OnlineOpen articles are permitted to post the final, published PDF of their article on a website, institutional repository or other free public server, immediately on publication.

Now isn’t that nice. You can publish the work you wrote yourself on your own website — as long as you first pay Wiley InterScience $3000.


Go Norway!

I came across this Wiley InterScience scheme when WordPress’s automatic suggestion generator threw out a link to Into the Stacks,  a librarian’s blog.  In a post from January 2007, she notes:

This is interesting. Apparently, university libraries in Norway have been unable to reach an agreement with Blackwell Publishing, and so they will not be providing access to Blackwell’s journals (and there are a lot of them).

I don’t know if this is still the situation, but apparently Norway wasn’t buying into Blackwell’s schemes.

Wiley InterScience took over Blackwell Synergy in June 2008, by the way.

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