Publisher Research

This post is not up to date as of December 6, 2019. Watch for a new approach in 2020.

Publisher Reports (in alphabetical order)

Elsevier letter to researchers and FinELib response posted in August 2017 provides some useful context for the push to transition to open access using existing subscription payment (i.e. one payment includes subscription and open access at no additional cost). In brief, negotiations are not going well.

eLife’s Executive Director, Mark Patterson, and Head of External Relations, Jennifer McLennan, have written a blog post that provides further information about costs ( and the Times Higher Education featured a news piece:

Our 2015 annual report is also available to view here: (from the Global Open Access List September 2016).

MDPI Annual Report 2015 is available to downloaded:

According to our own statistical data (our, MDPI is among
the 20 largest journal publishers in 2015 as listed at our website

At our, the DOI numbers registered or the papers published
last month indicate that most recently in the month of August 2016, MDPI
publishes more than Hindawi and PLoS and perhaps becomes the second
largest OA publisher:
#1 SpringerNature (BMC, SpringerOpen): 3556
#2 MDPI: 2028
#3 PLOS: 1928
#4 Hindawi: 1533
#5 Frontiers: 1204

You are welcome to visit our new headquarters office building we
purchased. Our new address: St. Alban-Anlage 66, 4052 Basel. This year
we set up two offices in Europe: in Spain and Serbia, see: for more details. We are growing.
(from the Global Open Access List September 2016).

Eve, M. (2017) How much does it cost to run a small scholarly publisher? Open Humanities Press

Analyzes the costs of a small not-for-profit publisher (Open Humanities Press) that does not use the article processing charges model. Some key points: average cost per article varies from under 300 GBP to just under 2000 GBP depending on such variables as economies of scale. Notes that costs are not linear because but to a certain point capacity can be increased but at a certain point new hires might be necessary.

Eve, M. (2017). Librarians’ evaluation of non-APC models.

University of California Press. 2015. Luminos. Retrieved July 31, 2017. Website describing a hybrid funding model for open access books. Baseline costs: $15,000 / book. Author’s institution: $7,500. The rest of the funding comes from a mix of library subsidy, UC press subsidy, and revenue from print sales.

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