Comparison of Article Processing Fees on Open Access Journals with a 4.5-Year History of Publishing

Daniel Robles Canteroa, ... Ievgen I. Fesenkoe more
a Daniel Robles Cantero

DDS, MSc, Clinical Director of Miguel de Cervantes European University, Co-director in Master of Periodontology and Implantology of UEMC. Private Oral Surgery Practice, Madrid, Spain. E-mail: (Daniel Robles Cantero) Instagram: robles_drc

b Todd R. Schoenbaum

DDS, FACD, Associate Clinical Professor, UCLA Division of Constitutive & Regenerative Sciences; Director, UCLA Continuing Dental Education, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), CA, USA. E-mail: (Todd Schoenbaum) Instagram: todd_schoenbaum

c Zinaida Y. Zhehulovych

ScD, Professor, Department of Dentistry, Institute of Postgraduate Education, Bogomolets National Medical University, Kyiv, Ukraine. E-mail: (Zinaida Zhehulovych)

d Ivan V. Nagorniak

Oral Surgeon, PhD, Private Dental Practice, Kyiv, Ukraine. Private Dental Practice (certificate for management system according to ISO 9001:2015 – Private entrepreneur Nagorniak I.V.), 6-G Andruschenka Street, Office 6, Kyiv 01135, Ukraine. Phone: +38 (067) 408 81 31 E-mail address: (Ivan Nagorniak)

e Ievgen I. Fesenko

PhD, Assistant Professor. Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Private Higher Educational Establishment “Kyiv Medical University.” Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Private Higher Educational Establishment “Kyiv Medical University” 7 Antona Tsedika Street, Kyiv 02000, Ukraine. E-mail: (Ievgen Fesenko) Instagram: dr_eugenfesenko

July 31, 2019

J Diagn Treat Oral Maxillofac Pathol 2019;3:176−85.

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Robles Cantero D, Schoenbaum TR, Zhehulovych ZY, Nagorniak IV, Fesenko II. Comparison of article processing fees on open access journals with a 4.5-year history of publishing. J Diagn Treat Oral Maxillofac Pathol 2019;3(7):176−85.


Open access article (synonym: open access publication) is a type of peer-reviewed article which gives a possibility to the readers to read and download it free of charge owing to paying an open access publication fee (OAPF) directly by its authors, their institutions, or funders.1 According to Solomon and Björk`s study, who analyzed about 1,370 journals, article processing charges range from 8 to 3,900 US Dollars.1, 2 Moreover, the official Elsevier`s page dedicated to the list of all company`s open access journals indicated that an article processing charge can reach 6,000 US Dollars excluding tax.3 First publishing houses that supported and develop open access journals have been two new academic publishers – BioMed Central (BMC) and Public Library of Science (PLoS).1 In 2000, they began establishing journals that rely on open access publication fee.1 Most motivation criteria for the authors from the fields of oral and maxillofacial surgery, periodontics in choosing to what peer-reviewed journal submit their paper may be classified under three chief groups: 1) indexing and abstracting in different recognized data bases (PubMed/Medline,4 Scopus, Web of Science, etc.), 2) an impact metric,5 and 3) an amount of the article processing charge. First two motivation criteria are precisely described in recent publications but the last one – open access publication fee and its amount – should be investigated more scrupulously.4, 5 There is a great need to analyze the advantages and disadvantages of OAPF both for authors and editorial staff/publishers. This is the aim of this study in order to understand the advantages and disadvantages the payment methods. For the purpose of comparative analysis we selected two peer-reviewed journals according to the following inclusion criteria:


  1. Fully open access publication (hybrid or delayed open access journals were excluded during selection).
  2. Similar term of publication history – about 5 years (similar starting point allows comparing the peer-reviewed journals more precisely).
  3. Journals focused on oral surgery.
  4. Different ways of receiving article processing charges after the submission of manuscripts.
  5. English, as language of publications.

     Analysis was performed on the publishing statistics, abstracting and indexation of the journals as important characteristics of the ways of growth of both peer-reviewed publications.


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