Open access journals in philosophy

As I searched for open access journals in philosophy, there are several such journals that have opened recently (i.e., within the last five years). The first journal that appeared in a Google search is the Open Journal of Philosophy (OJPP). The publisher is: Scientific Research Publishing (SCIRP), an academic publisher of open access journals. According to the ‘Aims & Scope’ tab on the OJPP website, “The goal of this journal is to provide a platform for scientists and academicians all over the world to promote, share, and discuss various new issues and developments in different areas of philosophy.” However, the ‘Article Processing Charges’ tab on the OJPP website, which seems very counterintuitive, is where they give a description of being an open access journal: “At SCIRP, we guarantee that no university library or individual reader will ever have to buy a subscription or pay any pay-per-view fees.” What is more, the fee they charge to authors is ridiculously expensive! For a paper within 10 printed pages, they charge $500, and $50 per additional page after 10 pages! It seems extremely expensive when one takes into account that the humanities and social sciences receive hardly any money compared to the grants provided in science and engineering research. If charging more money to the authors for producing articles is the way open access is heading, then I do not think that open access will be sustainable or successful, unless researchers in humanities and social sciences are given more money. Until that change happens, the open access movement unfortunately seems geared primarily for science and engineering research. What do researchers in the humanities and social sciences make of the open access movement?

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