There is a growing concern on the unaffordable open access fees for researchers located in low- and middle-income countries. These researchers are facing a serious challenge to publish their research, particularly, given the rapid expansion of open access journals that do not waive the publishing fees for these scientists in under-resourced settings. A new flexible waiving model is needed given the considerable limitations of the World Bank Classification.
• Van Bavel et al. expressed their faith in social and behavioural science.
• IJzerman et al. questioned van Bavel et al. conclusions.
• We discuss these two views by defending maturity of behavioural science.
• We conclude that social science is largely beneficial in times of a crisis.
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