Answered By: Christie Hurrell
Last Updated: Oct 27, 2017     Views: 9

Hybrid journals are those that publish most content behind a paywall, but allow authors to pay a fee to make individual articles open access.  These journals were covered by the Open Access Authors Fund for the first several years of the Fund, where the publisher stated that they were reducing subscription costs in response to the take-up of their hybrid OA programs.  The problem is that there is insufficient evidence that publishers are actually doing this. 

As well, hybrid OA journals were initially thought of as a short-term measure that would allow publishers to ease into a fully OA environment.  This has not really happened; there is an increasing number of hybrid OA titles, often featuring charges that are more expensive than for fully OA journals.