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Transparent pricing

Our transparent pricing ensures that we do not receive both an article processing charge and subscription income for open access (OA) articles. View our individual journal and package subscription prices.

How we set 2022 prices

First we took account of cost inflation based upon the official UK Retail Price Index (RPI) at 1.5% (February 2021). Other economic factors may have to be taken into account in future years and we will give details of these as and when they are applicable.

Then we took account of the percentage change in the number of non-OA articles published. We did this by comparing the 2 most recent rolling 3-year periods: 2017-19 and 2018-20 (with 2020 being the last complete year).

By using rolling 3-year periods rather than comparing 1 year with the previous, we hope to smooth out any short-term fluctuations. If the percentage of non-OA articles drops the price will be adjusted accordingly. We have a safety cap of ±15% to this figure to protect libraries from the subscription price changing too suddenly in any 1 year.

Any one-off increases to article numbers, for instance to clear a backlog of articles, as well as OA articles, where a fee has been paid, are not counted in these figures. Any articles that have had a full waiver of the APC fee will be counted as non-OA for this calculation. 

Below are final article counts for each subscription title in the periods 2017-19 and 2018-20, and the division of paid OA and non-OA articles in each period. The percentage change in number of non-OA articles is combined with the rate of inflation as measured by UK RPI to give the net decrease or increase in price. For simplicity subsequent prices are rounded down or up to the closest full British Pound, US Dollar or Euro.

 Journal
2017-19 2018 - 20 Change in non-OA 2022 Price Adjustment
Biology Letters 618 articles published, of which 80 paid for OA 646 articles published, of which 103 paid for OA +0.93% 1.5% +0.93% = +2.43%
Interface Focus 232 articles published, of which 45 paid for OA 204 articles published, of which 50 paid for OA -17.65% 1.5% -17.65% = -16.15%
Interface  819 articles published, of which 225 paid for OA 839 articles published, of which 223 paid for OA  +3.7% 1.5% +3.7% = +5.2%
Notes and Records 83 articles published, of which 1 paid for OA 88 articles published, of which 5 paid for OA  +1.22%  1.5% +1.22%= +2.72%
Proceedings A 758 articles published, of which 122 paid for OA 831 articles published, of which 110 paid for OA   +13.37%  1.5% +13.37% =+14.87    
Proceedings B 1768 articles published, of which 368 paid for OA 1773 articles published, of which 397 paid for OA     -1.71% 1.5% -1.71% = -0.21%
Philosophical Transactions A 1025 articles published, of which 143 paid for OA  1070 articles published, of which 172 paid for OA  +1.81% 1.5% +1.81% = +3.31%
Philosophical Transactions B 1240 articles published, of which 303 paid for OA 1286 articles published, of which 311 paid for OA +4.06%  1.5% +4.06% = +5.56%
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