Fee waivers for open access journals: CUP responds

Today my short article ‘Fee waivers for open access articles‘ was published in Publications. Matthew Day, Head of Open and Data Publishing at Cambridge University Press, has been in touch with me to state that their current position is different to that represented by the article:

‘I was pleased to read your article looking at OA fee waivers (doi:10.3390/publications3030155); it is important that the OA model does not penalize authors who are unable to pay APCs.

Our guiding principle is to publish research based on the quality of the work, not authors’ ability to pay.

For our fully Open Access journals, we do provide automatic waivers to authors from World Bank LMICs, and we are a member of HINARI, AGORA and Research4Life. Journal editors are also able to grant other waivers and discounts in special cases that are not covered by standard industry schemes. We don’t provide waivers for our hybrid journals since the articles can be published as subscription-access articles as usual.

We will update our Open Access FAQs to make our policy and practices more accessible.’

The article was correct at time of going to press but it’s good to see that CUP do at least provide automatic waivers to authors from World Bank LMICs in their full open access journals.