B – Open access economical model

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Most scientists support the open access publishing model, but there is still much debate on the economics and potential consequences of open access among researchers, publishers, academics, funding agencies, and governments. Publishing costs money and open access is not free. Moving from subscription-based to author-pays economics does not abolish the potential for profit. The open access publishing depends largely on the proportion of submitted articles accepted by a journal. The author-pays business model is incompatible with the highly selective publishing model of the traditional journals: an open access journal has to be either selective and expensive, or less selective and inexpensive.