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"The Cost per Article Reading of Open Access Articles," by Jonas
Holmstr´┐Żm, Swedish School of Economics and Business Administration,
Helsinki, Finland.  D-Lib Magazine, January 2004, Volume 10 Number 1.
ISSN 1082-9873



The measure for calculating cost per reading (CPR) of journal articles is
reviewed, and a way to adapt this measure to articles in open access
journals is proposed. The traditional subscription based publishing model
is compared with the open access model, and similarities are identified
and used when calculating CPR for the two different types of publishing.
Challenges with interpreting statistics are discussed as well as the
difficulty of estimating the number of readings from the number of
downloaded articles. Finally, the potential use and implications of the
CPR measure for open access publishers and institutions are discussed.