Answered By: Gabe Gossett
Last Updated: Dec 29, 2017     Views: 58

Open Access (OA) literature is free and available to anyone online. Like traditional journals, most OA journals are peer-reviewed and edited. The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) currently lists 3,935 OA journals. However, all journals are not open access journals – in fact, only a relatively small percentage are.

Though free for readers, OA journals still incur production costs. These costs are managed in various ways, including fees for authors or for institutions. OA publishers and even traditional scholarly publishers with open access options are exploring the various issues to build sustainable economic models. However, at this time, the open access model has not replaced the traditional scholarly publishing model, and we must still contend with rising costs.

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