Open Access Pricing Policy for Subscription Journals


Brill believes in a fair and transparent pricing policy. Our pricing policy is designed to prevent customers from paying twice for the same content, via Open Access charges as well as subscription costs (so-called double dipping).

If 5% or more of the articles published in one of Brill’s subscription journals are Open Access articles, the subscription price for the journal will be adjusted accordingly.

How it works:

  • We use a 3 year average to smooth out annual variations. For 2020, the calculations are based on 2016-2018 data.
  • The discount applied to subscription titles will be based primarily on the proportion of content published as Gold OA. E.g. if 5% of the content is OA, the price will be discounted by 5%.
  • Where the proportion of OA revenue is lower than the proportion of OA content, e.g. as a result of Article Publication Charge (APC) discounts, or local offsetting initiatives offered, we will reduce the subscription price based on revenue rather than content.
  • Journals where there is very low APC OA revenue, low number of articles per year, or low subscription revenue may be excluded.