Open access, author pays, quantity over quality

9 February, 2024

Richard Horton, Editor-in-Chief of The Lancet, tweets about the mass resignation of the editors of Journal of Economic Surveys, in reaction to the policies that the publisher (Wiley) is imposing on the journal.

A consequence of the open access / author-pays model is that commercial publishers are increasingly using the number of papers published as their central metric, thereby prioritising quantity over quality.

There have been several such resignations over recent years. What are the implications for research communication and global health?

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