MacroWorld Hybrid Open Access


The Open Access journal model has been discussed for over 10 years, but has reached a crescendo of discussion over the last few years with various declarations in favour of OA from groups of researchers or their representatives. Journal price rises over the last decade mean that most universities can no longer afford subscriptions to all of the journals that their academics need. A growing number of universities maintain funds to pay publication fees on behalf of faculty who choose to publish in fee-based OA journals. Evidence shows that making research material Open Access increases the number of readers and significantly increases citations to the article - in some fields increasing citations by 300%.


Thus hybrid journals can arguably be seen as part of a transitional publishing business model. This includes display of the accepted article and online supporting material in electronic form on the internet before and/or after print publication. However, if you choose to make your paper Open Access, this means that anyone on the web may download it for free.  Besides this, the option detailed here caters for authors who want to ensure that their work is available to anyone free of charge. MacroWorld's Author Hybrid Open Access Option enables authors to pay a modest fee to provide Open Access.



Hybrid OA​ - traditional model with "open choice"

A hybrid journal is a journal that publishes Open Access articles together with others articles that require a subscription or payment to access and read. Thus, a hybrid journal is a subscription-based journal where only some articles are Open Access, usually after financial sponsorship by the author. A hybrid model means the basic business model of the journal is the subscription model though publishers offer authors the possibility to pay for Open Access (sometimes called “sponsored Open Access”)The term “Double Dipping” is used because publishers receive money twice: the subsriptions are still paid by the universities and authors pay for Open Access. The sponsorship is in fact a publication fee (known as Article Processing Charge (ACP)) that the author chooses to pay to the publisher in order that the article is published as Open Access (OA). The author pays a fee to a conventional publisher to make a particular article openly accessible when it would otherwise be available only to subscribers. Hybrid journals collect both author fees for individual articles as well subscriber fees.​​


A growing number of publishers are adopting “hybrid models” where the papers are Open Access after a financial sponsorship of the author. This is seen by some publishers as a transition method from subscription-based access to open access. Hybrid Open Access is a new development, increasingly offered by both university presses and well-known commercial publishers.


Hybrid Open Access means that some articles are available only to subscribers, while others are made available at no charge to anyone searching the web. Authors pay an additional fee for the open access option. They may do this because open access is a requirement of their research funding agency. MacroWorld’s hybrid open access charge is USD $300 or EUR €230 per article, a very reasonable price compared to our hybrid open access competitors and purely open access journals that are resourced with an author publication fee.



The Open Access Article Option process


The majority of all MW journals offer a hybrid option, which permits both traditional subscription-based content as well as open access, author-pays content. If you want or need to make the Version of Record of your article available through Open Access immediately upon publication because of funder requirements, this can be arranged through payment of a fee (Article Publication Charge). Authors can now request macroworld to make their articles accepted for publication available online and openly accessible to all without any restriction except use for commercial purposes. This option is also available for previously published articles. Open Access publication charges can be often included within the costs of research funding, so the money for access comes through the research funder, rather than through the library budget. It is important to point out that Open Access does not affect peer-review; articles are peer-reviewed and published in journals in the normal way. It is a service for our authors and those funders who wish to support open access publication.


The costs of Open Access publishing therefore have to be met by the author, or by the author's institution or research funding agency. We therefore seek a simple publication fee of USD $300 or EUR €230 for each article submitted. This flat charge, which varies from journal to journal, covers the entire cost of the publication process. This includes peer-reviewing, editing, publishing, maintaining and archiving, and allows immediate access to the full text versions of the research articles.

All other authors (non-RCUK and Welcome Trust authors) will be free to choose from the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial (CC BY NC) license or the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial NoDerivs (CC BY NC ND) License.


MacroWorld Open Access are continually on the road meeting the community, participating in discussions and establishing partnerships which will help support increase access to research. If you are interested in joining MacroWorld Open Access membership program, or if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the MW Copyright Office or MacroWorld Publishing Support with any questions.


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