A report on open access publishing released today (October 11) has raised concerns about peer review, the standard of editing and the financial future of some open access journals. However, open access advocates argue the latest report is biased by its funders, including the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP), whose membership includes publishers of subscription journals.

Other sponsors of the study include the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), publisher of the subscription journal Science, and HighWire Press, an online repository of journal articles. The report includes additional data from the Association of American Medical Colleges.

Over the past decade, discussion about open access publishing, a model that allows readers to access papers without paying a fee, has increased. Debate has focused in part on the impact this new model—which raises money from author fees and other sources--could have on traditional scientific journals....

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