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Open Access Journal Publishing 2016-2020

Open Access Journal Publishing 2016-2020

In today’s global market, it’s more important than ever to understand the changing dynamics of academic publishing. Rely on Simba Information’s Open Access Journal Publishing 2016-2020 to build your growth plan for this year and beyond.

This report explains the origins of the open access movement, gives a timeline for its development, but most importantly, Simba Information quantifies open access’ position as a fast growing subsegment of scholarly journal publishing. Simba used the information it gathered through primary and secondary research to develop a financial outlook for open access journal publishing including leading competitors’ performance through 2015 and market projections through 2020.

Open Access Journal Publishing 2016-2020 contains separate chapters covering the market, key competitors, and issues and forecast.

Open Access Journal Publishing 2016-2020 is an essential tool for publishing executives, M&A advisors, market analysts, and industry consultants who need to understand the business strategies driving the scholarly and professional publishing industry.


  • Methodology
  • Executive Summary
  • Open Access Journal Market
    • Introduction
    • Origins of a Movement
    • Timeline
      • Table Timeline of Open Access Publishing, 2000 - 2004
      • Table Timeline of Open Access Publishing, 2005 - 2012
      • Table Timeline of Open Access Publishing, 2013 - 2016
    • Open Access Definitions & Publishing Models
      • Open Access Journals
      • Gold
      • Green
      • Hybrid
      • Megajournals
      • Article Processing Charges/Author Processing Charges (APC)
      • Other Sources of Support for OA Articles
    • The Open Access Ecosystem
      • Public Funding Agencies
      • National Institutes of Health
      • European Research Council
      • Research Councils UK
      • The Wellcome Trust
      • Howard Hughes Medical Institute
      • Institutional Mandates
    • Market Size
      • APC Journals Revenue
        • Table Open Access Publishing Market by Various Metrics, 2013-2015
      • Other Journals OA Revenue
      • Other Measures of Market Size
    • Open Access by Discipline
      • Medical
      • Scientific & Technical
      • Social Science & Humanities
    • Open Access Publishing by Geography
      • North America
      • Europe
      • Asia-Pacific
      • Rest of the World
      • Language
  • Leading Open Access Journal Publishers & Repositories
    • Introduction
      • Table Leading Open Access Publishers Share, 2015
    • Leading Open Access Journal Publishers
    • Springer Nature
      • Company Overview
      • Recent Company Performance
      • Open Access Strategy
        • Table Leading Open Access Publishers, 2013-2015 ($ in millions1)
    • Public Library of Science (PLOS)
      • Competitor Overview
      • Recent Company Performance
      • Open Access Strategy
    • John Wiley & Sons
      • Company Overview
      • Recent Company Performance
      • Open Access Strategy
    • Hindawi
      • Company Overview
      • Recent Company Performance
      • Open Access Strategy
    • RELX Group/Elsevier
      • Company Overview
      • Recent Company Performance
      • Open Access Strategy
    • Holtzbrinck-Frontiers
      • Company Overview
      • Recent Company Performance
      • Open Access Strategy
    • MDPI AG
      • Competitor Overview
      • Recent Company Performance
      • Open Access Strategy
    • Wolters Kluwer (including Medknow)
      • Company Overview
      • Recent Company Performance
      • Open Access Strategy
    • Informa Cogent
      • Company Overview
      • Recent Company Performance
      • Open Access Strategy
    • Oxford University Press
      • Company Overview
      • Recent Company Performance
      • Open Access Strategy
    • Others in the Hunt
    • Open Access Repositories (Green Archives) &Other Platforms
      • Table Notable Open Access Repositories
    • Academia.edu
    • arXiv
    • Chinese Academy of Sciences
    • CiteSeerX
    • Digital Access to Scholarship at Harvard
    • PubMed Central
    • Redalyc
    • ResearchGate
    • SciELO
    • SSRN (Social Sciences Research Network)
    • Mergers & Acquisitions in Open Access Journal Publishing Market
      • Table Notable Open Access Publishing M&A Activity, 2008 -2016
  • Issues Facing Open Access Journal Publishing & Forecast
    • Introduction
    • Issues Facing Open Access Publishing
      • Open Access Business Practices Continue To Evolve
      • APC Pricing Is an Issue for Editorial Boards
      • The Librarian Complaint Is Double Dipping
      • Despite Objections, APCs Will Continue to Rise
      • Leading OA Publishers Branded as Predatory
      • Every OA Publisher Has Faced a Credibility Problem
      • Peer Review Is a Particular Target for Criticism
      • Some Publishers Work Towards Greater Transparency
      • Going OA Is Not a Magic Bullet
      • Major Publishers Have the Potential of Transforming OA Publishing
      • More Journals Are Being Converted from Subscription to Open Access
      • Has Megajournals Growth Stalled?
    • Open Access Publishing Forecast
      • Introduction
        • Table Open Access Journal Forecast by Metric, 2016P-2020P
      • World Economy & Exchange Rates
      • Open Access Will Capture a Significant Share of Emerging Market Research
      • Authors Will Better Understand the Good and Bad of OA Journals
      • Mandates Will Increase & They Will Work
      • OA Articles Published Per Year Will Continue to Grow
      • The Humanities & Social Science Will Be Accommodated
      • APCs Will Continue to Rise
    • Forecast of Leading Publishers
      • Table Leading Open Access Journal Publishers, 2015-2016P ($ in millions)

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