Dear Joseph and all,
Joseph, in a previous message [ http://www.hifa.org/dgroups-rss/open-access-10-what-open-access-9-types-... ] you said:
'APC [article processing charge] impoverishes authors in Nigeria and I am sure In other LMICs too. This is not a myth, but verifiable fact.'
If the author cannot afford the APC of a particular journal, then the options open to him/her are several:
1. Submit to an open-access journal that does not charge an APC (we have learned that most OA journals do not charge APCs)
2. Submit to a restricted-access journal that allows immediate self-archiving in an open-access repository (I think many of not most restricted-journals allow immediate archiving of pre- or post-print versions, and some do not have an embargo period
3. At hthe very last resort, submit to a restricted-access journal without self-archiving (in this latter case, authors need to know that they are depriving others of learning from their work, and they are depriving themselves of high levels of citation)
I feel there is a need for a strong advocacy effort to inform authors about their options, and the consequences of their decisions.
Best wishes, Neil
Coordinator, HIFA Project on Access to Health Research
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