Coronavirus (276) Publishing COVID-19 research in open access journals

31 March, 2020

The HIFA list is proving especially helpful at this challenging time and it is good to see journals that are subscription only making their COVID-19 content freely available. With that in mind, I think it would be helpful to have a clear statement from the open access publishers, in particular, perhaps, BiomedCentral and PLOS about what they are doing. Are they continuing to charge Article Processing Charges on COVID-19 articles? I hope not.

I think it will be bizarre and very sad if publishers at the forefront of open access are continuing to make researchers pay to publish their COVID-19 research with them, while the subscription journals are making their relevant content free to all and putting some of it into Pubmed Central. I hope that open access publishers do not now have more barriers in the way of making information from COVID-19 research free to all than the subscription-based journals.

Best wishes,


Professor Mike Clarke

Director, Northern Ireland Methodology Hub

Research Director, Evidence Aid

Evidence Aid and COVID-19: special summaries of relevant research evidence are available free at