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Open Access Journal Publishing 2018-2022

Open Access Journal Publishing 2018-2022

Open access is the online digital delivery of scholarly journal articles free of charge to the reader and without most copyright and licensing restrictions. Open access publishing came as a response to rising prices for scholarly journals and the resulting pressure placed on academic library budgets. Publishers, libraries, and funders are experimenting with various fee and payment models to better serve their respective interests, enabled by developments in technology.

This report provides an overview and financial outlook for the global open access journal publishing market based on specific research and analysis of the leading competitors’ performance through 2018 and market performance through 2022.

Major industry trends are identified, including recent merger and acquisition activity. Ten leading open access journal publishers are identified, analyzed and ranked by estimated open access revenue. The report concludes with estimated market sales for 2018 and projections through 2022.

This research was conducted in conjunction with a larger study of the overall market for professional publishing, including legal and business publishing, the results of which are available in the associated reports Professional E-Book Publishing 2018-2022, STM Online Services 2016-2020, Open Access Book Publishing 2016-2020, Global Social Science & Humanities Publishing 2016-2020, Global Scientific & Technical Publishing 2017-2021 Global Medical Publishing 2017-2021 and Global Legal Publishing 2015-2019.


  • Methodology
    • Definition of Open Access Journal Publishing
    • Scope of the Report
    • Sources of Information
    • Methodology for Projecting/Estimating Results
  • Executive Summary
    • Introduction
    • What is Open Access Publishing?
    • Key Facts & Trends
      • Author Processing Fees Account for 2017 Sales of $494 Million
      • OA Journals Less Than 5% of Journal Sales, but Get All the Buzz
      • Millions of Open Access Articles Published, Growing More Than 6.5% Per Annum
      • Springer Nature Remains the Largest OA Journal Publisher
      • Traditional Publishers Climbing OA Market Share
      • PLOS Tumbles, Effectively Displaced by Scientific Reports and Nature Communications
      • Medicine and Life Science Are the Largest OA Journal Market
      • Open Access Is Global
      • Open Access Journal Publishing Consolidates
      • Open Access Remains Controversial
  • Open Access Journal Market
    • Introduction
    • Key Developments in Open Access
    • Open Access Definitions and Publishing Models
      • Open Access Journals
      • Gold
      • Green
      • Hybrid
      • Megajournals
      • Article Processing Charges (APCs)
      • Institutional Memberships
    • The Open Access Ecosystem
      • Public Funding Agencies
      • National Institutes of Health
      • European Research Council
      • Research Councils UK
      • The Wellcome Trust
      • Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)
      • Institutional Mandates
    • Market Size
      • Table Open Access Journal Market by Metric, 2015-2017
      • APC Journal Revenue
      • Direct Support
      • Premium Services
      • Memberships
      • Offset Agreements
      • Other Measures of Market Size
    • Open Access by Discipline
      • Medical & Biosciences
        • Table OA Journal Revenue, Share by Academic Discipline, 2017
      • Scientific & Technical
      • Social Science and Humanities (SSH)
    • Open Access Publishing by Geography
      • North America
        • Table OA Journal Revenue, Articles & Uptake by Geography, 2017
      • Europe
      • Asia-Pacific
      • Rest of the World
        • Table OA Article Authorship by Geography, 2017
      • Language
  • Leading Open Access Journal Publishers
    • Introduction
    • Leading Open Access Journal Publishers
    • Springer Nature
      • Company Overview
        • Table Leading OA Journal Publishers, Market Share, 2017
      • Recent Company Performance
        • Table Springer Nature OA Article Trends, 2013-2017
      • Open Access Strategy
        • Table Leading Open Access Journal Publishers' Revenue1, 2015-2017
    • RELX
      • Company Overview
      • Recent Company Performance
      • Open Access Strategy
    • John Wiley & Sons
      • Company Overview
      • Recent Company Performance
      • Open Access Strategy
    • Public Library of Science (PLOS)
      • Company Overview
      • Recent Company Performance
      • Open Access Strategy
    • MDPI AG
      • Company Overview
      • Recent Company Performance
      • Open Access Strategy
    • Hindawi
      • Company Overview
      • Recent Company Performance
      • Open Access Strategy
    • Frontiers
      • Company Overview
      • Recent Company Performance
      • Open Access Strategy
    • Wolters Kluwer
      • Company Overview
      • Recent Company Performance
      • Open Access Strategy
    • Informa PLC
      • Company Overview
      • Recent Company Performance
      • Open Access Strategy
    • De Gruyter
      • Company Overview
      • Recent Company Performance
      • Open Access Strategy
    • Mergers & Acquisitions in the OA Journal Market
      • Table OA Journal Publishing M&A Activity, 2008-2018
  • Trends & Forecast
    • Introduction
    • Trends in Open Access Publishing
      • Springer Nature's Megajournals Knock PLOS One off its Perch
      • Black Open Access (Piracy) Dents Green & Gold Open Access
      • Traditional Publishers Climbing OA Journal Market Share
      • Librarians Complain Hybrid Journals Are Double Dipping
      • Big Deals Incorporating Open Access Issues
      • Institutional Memberships, Important to Some Publishers
      • Open Access Journals Have Citation Impact
      • The Number of Gold OA Articles Will Continue to Grow
      • APCs Will Continue to Rise
      • OA Mandates Will Be Enforced
      • Support for Gold OA Works
      • OA Publishers Continue to Address Peer Review Concerns
      • More Journals Continue to Convert from Subscription to Open Access
        • Table Open Access Journal Forecast by Metric, 2018-2022
    • Open Access Publishing Forecast
      • Introduction
      • World Economy and Exchange Rates
      • Forecast Leading Publishers
        • Table Leading OA Journal Publishers Forecast, 2017-2018P

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