Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/210650
Authors: 
Budzinski, Oliver
Grebel, Thomas
Wolling, Jens
Zhang, Xijie
Year of Publication: 
2019
Series/Report no.: 
Ilmenau Economics Discussion Papers 133
Abstract: 
Large publishing companies have been dominating scientific publishing for long, which leads to high subscription fees and inhibited access to scientific knowledge. At digital era, the opportunity of an unrestricted access appears feasible, because the cost of publishing should be low. It is no longer the readers and libraries to pay subscription fees, but scientific organizations and authors themselves who pay for the cost of having their article published. As the data shows, there is a tremendous variance of article processing charges (APC) across journals, which obviously cannot be explained by the costs. One of the explanatory variables could be reputation, but it only contributes less than 5% to the variance in APC. This study is meant to shed light on the various determinants of APC. Based on data from the OpenAPC Initiative, the Directory of Open Access Journals, the Journal Impact Factor and the Essential Science Indicators of Web of Science, we employ ANOVA and multivariate regressions. The results show that market power plays an important role to explain APCs, inter alia, through market concentration, market position of individual publishers (publisher size), and the choice of hybrid publishing model.
Subjects: 
open access
article processing charges
market power
market concentration
JEL: 
D22
D40
D43
L11
L13
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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