Traditional journals often have subscription rates that scientists in both the developed and developing world can’t afford. Via Open Access (OA) publishing routes, journals are open to be read freely to everyone with access to the Internet. This may solve access and discovery problems but what about for the researcher? In OA publishing the author pays, not the reader. The costs can be considerable. Many authors, whether they be in developing countries or not cannot afford to pay for publishing in OA journals.
In his Malaria World blog, Bart G.J. Knols words, “You can’t pay for the subscription meaning you cannot have access, and for OA journals you can read but you cannot afford to publish there. Either way, as a scientist in a developing country, you get stuck.”
Food for thought?