Sorry, we’re open: Golden Open Access and inequality in the natural sciences | bioRxiv
mdelhaye's bookmarks 2020-03-18
Global Open Access (GOA) journals make research more accessible and therefore more citable; however, the publication fees associated with GOA journals can be costly and therefore not a viable option for many researchers seeking high-impact publication outlets. In this study, I collect metadata from 237 open-access natural science journals and analyze them in terms of Article Processing Charges (APC), Impact Factor (IF), Eigen Factor (EF), citability, and country of publisher. The results of this study provide evidence that with IF, EF, and citability all increase as APC increases, and each of these metrics are higher in publishers from developed countries in comparison to developing countries. Implications of these trends are discussed in regards to natural sciences and inequality within the global scientific community.