Open Access Article Processing Charge as Epistemic Injustice in the Global South
This project investigates the open access article processing charge (APC) in the Global South as a new variety of epistemic injustice. Current accounts of open access do not adequately describe the ethical and epistemic consequences of restrictive barriers within scholarly publishing, such as APCs. Miranda Fricker's phenomenon of epistemic injustice is used to frame the APC in the Global South as both testimonial and hermeneutical injustice. After proposing the APC as a new variety of epistemic injustice, I discuss the associated harms with each type of injustice, and why we should be concerned about these harms. To potentially remedy these injustices, I suggest recommendations for the virtue of testimonial justice and hermeneutical justice.