Open Access Leads Publisher to Reduce Subscription Charge

Publisher Oxford University Press’ new Oxford Open program gives authors the option of paying a publication fee to have their papers freely and immediately available online. The publisher recently announced that the 2008 subscription prices for journals offering this option have been reduced to take into account the amount of open access content published in those journals in 2006. Oxford is the first commercial publisher to offer this option.

“Overall, the average online-only price increase from 2007 to 2008 across all Oxford Journals titles is 6.9%, whereas the average price increase for Oxford Open titles is 1.7% eight out of the 28 Oxford Open titles seeing an absolute reduction in price from 2007 to 2008” according to the Oxford Journals website.

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