I find it extremely misleading that you assert that PeerJ has had a
"tenfold price increase" in a discussion about APCs.
The $99 USD you quote as the original price is not and never was an APC.
You are comparing apples and oranges.
The $99 offer was a limited-time-only promotional price for an individual
'Basic' lifetime membership, which as I understand it would only allow a
person to submit a single paper, one per year for 'free', if all authors
also had personal memberships (as part of the lifetime membership model).
The $99 offer was available from launch until Feb 22, 2016
After Feb 22, 2016 the Basic lifetime membership price increased to $199
The present day Basic lifetime membership price is $399, which is only four
times the original promotional pricing, not "tenfold".
It is not at all valid to compare the membership model with the APC model
because under the APC-model you pay and you get one article for that one
APC. Whereas under the membership model, you could potentially (if they
pass peer review) publish many multiple articles for that single membership
payment over the course of many years. The exact value for money is
therefore dependent upon how many times the author uses their PeerJ
The first true APC-style pricing PeerJ offered was for an APC of $695 which
covered articles with any number of authors, whether they had paid-for
PeerJ memberships or not. Today, the PeerJ APC price is $1,095 which is
certainly not a "tenfold" increase on the initial APC of $695.
FWIW I bought myself a PeerJ Basic lifetime membership for $99 years ago
and I'm delighted I did.
On 13 April 2018 at 17:14, Heather Morrison <heather.morri...@uottawa.ca>
> Following is a summary of recent APC changes for 4 publishers, prepared on
> request but posted in case this might be of interest to anyone else. In
> brief, each publisher appears to be following a different pricing strategy
> ranging from flat pricing over many years with one rare exception, to a
> tenfold increase from 2016 – 2017.
> *BioMedCentral*: mixed picture
> • 269 journals with numeric data 2017 and 2018 (April 4 sampling date both
> • 20 with price increases of 2% – 83% (30 – 620 GBP)
> • 5 with price decreases of 1% – 15% (15 – 205 GBP)
> • Of interest: 25 journals with no publication fee (appears to be society
> / university sponsorship)
> • Of concern: 44 journals with “title not found”: some will reflect
> earlier title drop
> *Hindawi *April 2016 – November 2017: mixed picture, price increases a
> bit concerning
> • 281 journals with numeric data for 2016 and 2017 (including 0 = free for
> • 99 journals have price increases ranging from 14 – 108% (100% = price
> has doubled), increases of 250 – 650 USD
> • 115 journals have no change in pricing
> • 45 journals have price decreases of 6 – 25%, 50 – 100 USD
> • Of interest: 230 Predecessor journals (ISRN series): good practice
> • Of concern: 186 title not found (not limited to 2017), excluding
> *Rotating free journals: 5 of the 281 journals were free in 2016; 1 is
> still free, the other 4 have APCs of 1250 – 1750 USD. 17 journals that had
> an APC in 2016 were free in 2017. Paul Peters sent an e-mail explaining
> this strategy a few years ago.
> *PLOS ONE*: flat pricing with one exception
> From 2014 – 2018, there has been only one price change for PLOS journals:
> PLOS ONE was $1,350 USD in 2014 and is $1,495 USD today. The sample date
> was December 2017, a visual scan confirms the same prices are in effect as
> of April 13, 2018.
> *PeerJ*: tenfold price increase from 2016 – 2017 (99 USD – 1,095 USD);
> new journal PeerJ Computer Science is 895 USD.
> See also yesterday’s post
> Frontiers: 40% of journals have price increases from 18 – 31%
> Blog post link (text is the same):
> Heather Morrison
> Associate Professor, School of Information Studies, University of Ottawa
> Professeur Agrégé, École des Sciences de l'Information, Université d'Ottawa
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