Elsevier is now one of the world’s largest open access publishers as measured 
by the number of fully OA journals published. What are the implications? I’d 
love to hear your thoughts, on list or on the SKC blogpost (see link below). 

Morrison, H. (2017). From the field: Elsevier as an open access publisher. The 
Charleston Advisor 18:3, pp. 53-59 doi https://doi.org/10.5260/chara.18.3.53 

Highlights of this broad-brush case study of Elsevier’s Open Access (OA) 
journals as of 2016: Elsevier offers 511 fully OA journals and 2,149 hybrids. 
Most fully OA journals do not charge article processing charges (APCs). APCs of 
fully OA journals average $660 US ($1,731 excluding no-fee journals); hybrid OA 
averages $2,500. A practice termed author nominal copyright is observed, where 
copyright is in the name of the author although the author contract is 
essentially a copyright transfer. The prospects for a full Elsevier flip to OA 
via APC payments for articles going forward are considered and found to be 

Sustaining Knowledge Commons blogpost for comments:


Dr. Heather Morrison
Assistant Professor
École des sciences de l'information / School of Information Studies
University of Ottawa
Sustaining the Knowledge Commons http://sustainingknowledgecommons.org/

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