michael wrote:Hi Sally,
With article purchase enabled, readers without a subscription may buy individual articles from an issue.
Once purchased, readers have permanent access to the article (there is no timeout period).
The logic behind Pay-Per-Article in OJS is off. Giving a user permanent access to an article they only paid once does not work, and cannot work. Why doesn’t OJS have controls to enable editors to limit download for article?
If you look at Apple, you pay for every song you download. So, whether you download the song once or twice, you have to pay for each of the download. This is how it should work in OJS. Ideally, Pay-Per-Article should only allow users to pay for an article and download it once. Whenever a user wants to read that article again, they should pay for it. It is that simple. Additionally, it is not economically sound for editors and publishers that use OJS to manage their journals to provide permanent access to article that a user have only paid ONCE for. This seems like backward engineering for open-access.
Keep in mind that journals that have chosen to use Pay-Per-Article also depend on that revenue for the upkeep of their journal, which includes among other things, editorial service, journal production, technical support, web hosting, marketing, and much more. In addition, you should also be aware that there are politics of knowledge, which determines what journals are funded and what journals are not, what ideas disseminate and what ideas don’t. So, not every journal have the resources to provide permanent access given the operational cost, and not every journal wants to be open-access. Of course, this is a separate conversation.
Let me put it this way. If I hire PKP team to do some work, PKP team charges me a fee for the work. Does that mean that anytime I need that kind of work done, or need any work done on my OJS website, I should get it free? Obviously this will not work for PKP, and it doesn't for work editors or publishers.
Finally, I have found no note on OJS documentation that this is how Pay-Per-Article works. It would be best if such decisions are transparent to users to enable them to make decisions of what will or will not work for their journal.
I hope there is an update to this feature in the future to truly reflect the principle of Pay-Per-Article.