Before introducing what a hybrid journal is, we first need to gauge the research publication models. In the age of advancing research and innovation, enhancing the possibilities of access to research publications is considered important. The access portal is created by the Open access journalsthat have these potentials to make the research articles available to its readers as well as the authors, by levying an article processing charge (APC) on the authors.

What exactly is a hybrid journal ?

There are subscription-based or paywalled journals which offer option for open access on payment of APC. These journals are known as “Hybrid journals”. They offer gold open access publication in the subscription model. These journals are expensive as their fees are high than APC of open access journals. This often leads to double dipping, i.e. the author pays the journal charges for making it open access, and again when the author subscribe to that journal, he/she has to again pay for the subscription charges. In addition to this, these journals often take long to make the article free accessible, at times, months or years. Thus, nowadays, these journals have been declaring a “no double-dipping policy.”

The anti-double dipping policy

The companies like JSTOR, Project MUSE, OAPEN, Delbanco, etc., have formed an alliance named as Anti-double Dipping Alliance . This Alliance was formed in May 2018 in order to tackle with the library double dipping events and also bars the librarians from purchasing same research article more than once.

Free access to research publications  is an essential component of carrying forward the research in the respective fields. The cost levied on the authors also needs to be covered. For achieving this goal, we need to develop a sustainable publication model in order to address the issue of double dipping.