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Open Access Journal Publishing 2014-2017

Open Access Journal Publishing 2014-2017

What is “open access,” and how it is affecting academic publishing market? And, equally intriguing, what opportunities can publishers tap through the open access movement?

These and other cutting-edge topics are addressed in Simba Information’s report, Open Access Journal Publishing 2014-2017.

This report breaks ground by quantifying open access’ position as a fast growing subsegment of scholarly journal publishing. Simba created a financial outlook for open access journal publishing, including leading competitors’ performance through 2014 and market projections through 2017. The research underpinning this model was conducted in conjunction with a larger study of the overall market for scholarly and professional publishing.

Open Access Journal Publishing 2014-2017 covers the market, key competitors, and issues and forecasts. Topics covered include:

  • Simba’s exclusive analysis of market size and structure
  • Revenue and market share rankings of 10 leading global publishers
  • Title and article growth metrics
  • A profile of the top ten open access repositories
  • A breakdown open access publishing in key geographic regions: North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific and Rest of World
  • A discussion of the market for non-English-language open access publishing
  • Analysis of mergers and acquisitions
  • Simba’s exclusive market projections to 2017 and more
Open Access Journal Publishing 2014-2017 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. Examples of some of the issues discussed include:
  • The future of open access megajournals
  • The impact of open access in social science and humanities
  • Examination of green, gold and hybrid models
  • Open access, peer review and questions of credibility
  • The impact on smaller publishers
  • Long-term implications for costs across the OA ecosystem
Simba has a knowledge base from almost 20 years worth of perspective on these markets. This is a dynamic industry, affected by rapid changes in technology, the economy, mergers, partnerships and public policy and library budgets. Simba’s experienced analysts and daily on the ball coverage is the bedrock for these reports.


  • Methodology
  • Executive Summary
  • Open Access Publishing Market
    • Introduction
    • Origins of a Movement
    • Timeline
      • Table Timeline of Open Access Publishing, 2000 - 2004
      • Table Timeline of Open Access Publishing, 2005 – 2014
    • Open Access Definitions and Publishing Models
      • Open Access Journals
      • Gold
      • Green
      • Hybrid
      • Megajournals
      • Article Processing Charges
      • 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
      • Table Open Access Publishing Market, Various Metrics, 2011-2013 ($ in millions)
      • APC Journals Revenue
      • Other Journals OA Revenue
      • Other Measures of Market Size
    • Open Access by Discipline
    • Open Access Publishing by Geography
      • North America
      • Europe
      • Asia-Pacific
      • Rest of the World
      • Language
  • Leading Open Access Publishers & Repositories
    • Introduction
    • Leading Open Access Publishers
    • Springer Science+Business Media (including BioMed Central)
      • Company Overview
        • Table Leading Open Access Publishers Share, 2013
      • Recent Company Performance
      • Open Access Publishing Strategy
        • Table Leading Open Access Publishers, 2011-2013 ($ in millions1)
    • Public Library of Science (PLOS)
      • Competitor Overview
        • Table Leading Open Access Publishers, 2011-2013
      • Recent Performance
      • Open Access Publishing Strategy
    • Hindawi
      • Company Overview
      • Recent Company Performance
      • Open Access Publishing Strategy
    • John Wiley & Sons
      • Company Overview
      • Recent Company Performance
      • Open Access Publishing Strategy
    • Elsevier
      • Company Overview
      • Recent Company Performance
      • Open Access Publishing Strategy
    • Holtzbrinck (including Frontiers)
      • Company Overview
      • Recent Company Performance
      • Open Access Publishing Strategy
    • Copernicus
      • Competitor Overview
      • Recent Company Performance
      • Open Access Publishing Strategy
    • MDPI AG
      • Competitor Overview
      • Recent Company Performance
      • Open Access Publishing Strategy
    • Wolters Kluwer (including Medknow)
      • Company Overview
      • Recent Company Performance
      • Open Access Publishing Strategy
    • Informa Cogent
      • Company Overview
      • Recent Company Performance
      • Open Access Publishing Strategy
    • Others in the Hunt
    • Open Access Repositories (Green Archives)
      • Table Notable Open Access Repositories
    • arXiv
    • Chinese Academy of Sciences
    • CiteSeerX
    • Digital Access to Scholarship at Harvard
    • ePrint
    • PubMed Central
    • Redalyc
    • SciELO
    • SSRN (Social Sciences Research Network)
    • Mergers & Acquisitions in Open Access Publishing Market
      • Table Notable Open Access Publishing M&A Activity, January 2008 - June 2014
  • Issues Facing Open Access Publishing & Forecast
    • Introduction
    • Issues Facing Open Access Publishing
      • Open Access Is Not Done Evolving
      • Every OA Publisher Is Facing a Credibility Problem of One Type or Another
      • Leading OA Publishers Branded as Predatory
      • Peer Review Is a Particular Target for Criticism
      • Not Every Journal Is Amenable to Open Access Gold
      • Megajournals Have Driven Much Recent Growth, But the Future Is Unclear
      • OA Could Be Expensive and Inflationary - Then What?
      • Managerial Challenges
      • Authors in Charge
      • Destructive Market Forces
    • Open Access Publishing Forecast
      • Introduction
        • Table Open Access Market Forecast, Various Metrics, 2014P-2017P ($ in millions)
      • World Economy and Exchange Rates
      • Open Access Will Capture a Significant Share of Emerging Market Research
      • Authors Will Be Educated About Good and Bad OA Journals
      • Mandates Will Increase and They Will Work
      • Major Publishers Will Play a Larger Role in OA
      • OA Articles Published Per Year Will Continue to Grow
      • The Humanities and Social Sciences Will Be Accommodated
      • APCs Will Rise Slowly
    • Forecast of Leading Publishers
      • Table Leading Open Access Publishers, 2013-2014P ($ in millions)

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