How many journals sell authors Open Access by the article?

From: Thomas Walker <>
Date: Wed, 10 Mar 2004 20:47:05 +0000

I'm trying to update what I know about sales of open access by the article.

Here is what I'd like to know:

What publishers sell free access by the article, in what journals, and at
what price?

Where free access is sold by the article, what percent of authors buy it?

Here is what I already know, organized by publisher.

    Journal: Limnology and Oceanography
    How long offered: since January 1999
    Price: Cost of 500 hard copy reprints
    Percent of authors buying OA: 46% (first two issues of 2004)

    Journals (4): Annals of the Entomological Society of America, Journal of
    Economic Entomology, Environmental Entomology, and Journal of Medical
    How long offered: since January 2000.
    Price: 75% of the cost of 100 hard copy reprints; i.e., $120 for an 8-page
    article in 2003.
    Percent of authors buying OA: 62% (all of 2003)
    Estimated net revenues from sales of "Open Access Reprints" in 2003:

    Journal: Physiological Geonomics
    How long offered: since July 2003
    Price: $1500 per article.
    Percent of authors buying OA: none noted for most recent three issues
    [have asked for data]

    COMPANY OF BIOLOGISTS Journals (3): Development, Journal of Cell
    Science, Journal of Experimental Biology How long offered: since
    January 2004 Price: $800 per article ("special introductory rate").
    Percent of authors buying OA: none noted for most recent three
    issues of

    JEB [have asked for data]

Thomas J. Walker
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      Prior AmSci topic thread on this topic:

     "Should Publishers Offer Free-Access Services?" (1998)
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