Document Type : Research paper


1 King George' s Medical University, Lucknow, India

2 Psychiatry, King George's Medical University, Lucknow, U.P, India

3 Department of Psychiatry, Enam Medical College and Hospital



Background: Article processing charges (APCs) are a major concern for the researchers globally. We aimed to assess differences of APC between open-access and subscription models and association of APC of top 50 psychiatry journals.
Method: We used the Scimago Journal Rank (SJR) website to acquire the free information. The associations of APC of top 50 psychiatry journals and the differences in APC between open-access and subscription models was assessed. Additionally, we gathered data on the APC from the websites of other journals.
Result: Out of 50 journals examined, only one used a subscription model. Elsevier published the majority (14), followed by Wiley (8), Springer (6), and Cambridge University Press (4). 45 journals had an APC, with 12 using open access and 33 using hybrid models. The mean APC was $3711.4 (±1007.7) USD, with open access averaging $3086.7 (±1231.7) USD and hybrids averaging $3938.5 (±821.8) USD. APC and SJR score had a moderate correlation (rs = 0.54; p= 0.001).
Conclusion: Psychiatry journals have seen more open access publications in the past decade, resulting in higher article processing charges. Hybrid journals charge more for open access publication than purely open access journals. Regulating APCs is important for ensuring quality research is published.


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