It is wrong to charge both authors and subscribers for Gold OA content (commonly referred to as double-dipping). Double-dipping arises when:
A journal publishes Gold OA articles and the publication costs are paid for through APCs.
The journal also charges subscriptions and the subscription price has not been reduced to take account of the proportion of content that is Gold OA.
Our policy discounts the subscription price for a journal if that journal has received at least £5,000 in APC income and has published at least 5% of articles on a Gold OA basis. The percentage of the discount is whichever of the following is lowest: the percentage of articles that are Gold OA, or the percentage APC income. Discounts are calculated from the previous full volume year - for example, 2016 subscription price discount percentages were calculated in 2015 using 2014 publication data.
All Gold Open Access articles in hybrid journals are included in this policy, except those in supplements published in addition to a volume's subscription content.
Subscribers already receiving a substantial discount on a journal’s subscription price, via a consortium package for example, will not receive an additional discount on their collection access fee as a result of these changes.
Here are some hypothetical examples to illustrate the policy: