BioMed Central in 2019: Sharp increase in article processing charge | Sustaining the Knowledge Commons / Soutenir les savoirs communs
Our recent analysis of BioMed Central publishing company journals reveals a sharp increase both in number of open access journals and also article processing fees. BMC currently publishes 330 open access journals that comparing to 2018 data shows an increase of 11% in number of journals. While 25 journals have no article processing fee for authors to publish their articles, there has been a 57% increase in average article processing charge comparing to the last year, as the average processing fee was $1402 in 2018 and now it is $2200. Comparing to the last year, 264 journals have increased and 5 journals have decreased in APC (article processing charge). The average APC increase for journals is $917 and the average decrease is $124.
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