An Empirical Analysis of the Amount of Publication Fees

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​An Empirical Analysis of the Amount of Publication Fees​
Hagenhoff, S. ; Blumenstiel, M. & Ortelbach, B.​ (2008) 
Serials Review34(4) pp. 257​-266​.​ DOI: 

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Hagenhoff, Svenja ; Blumenstiel, Matthias; Ortelbach, Björn
Among the financing strategies available for Open Access (OA), the author-pays business model has received increasing attention. The consequences of this approach, however, for the system of scholarly communication and for publishing houses as participants In value added, have remained largely unclear. The paper presented here, therefore, analyzes the probable realistic magnitude of publishing fees in different subjects, based on empirical data. The paper shows that the most favorable conditions are met in the Natural Sciences and in Mathematics. However, the analysis also shows that publishing houses would have to raise publishing fees well beyond the level that scientists are willing to pay. Furthermore, the analysis leads to the conclusion that the amount of money currently available in the system of scholarly communication is probably not sufficient for the sustainable financing of publishing fees. Serials Review 2008; 34:257-266. (C) 2008 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
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Konvergente Märkte der Internetökonomie 



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