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I have created some spreadsheets of information about journals as part of the research for my blog. They are embedded in separate pages as follows:
The MRC has a downloadable spreadsheet listing licences and charges of the most popular couple of hundred journals in which their authors publish...

I have taken the MRC spreadsheet, converted the currencies and calculated some statistics, and the result is in a Google Docs spreadsheet here. Some journals have two different fees depending on whether the author is a member of the society that runs the journal (or has a discount for some other reason)...

Some notes on these figures. Firstly, they are from the MRC document last updated April 2011, with currencies converted using xe.com on 23 March 2012. Secondly, they cover journals in medicine and related fields, particularly biology. Thirdly, they include 8 BioMed Central journals, 10 BMJ journals, 52 Elsevier journals (including 11 Cell Press journals), 14 Nature Publishing Group journals, 17 OUP journals, 4 PLoS journals, 12 Springer journals and 48 Wiley/Wiley-Blackwell journals. The median charge is $3000 because non-Cell-Press Elsevier journals charge this amount and there are lots of Elsevier journals in the list.

I have selected 97 high-impact journals in biology and medicine and compiled the metrics for them. I put the list of journals together by initially picking the top journals in the field by SJR, then removing all those that only publish reviews and adding a few that seemed important, or were in the MRC frequently used journal list, or were ranked highly using other metrics. The result is in a Google spreadsheet here. I have added colours to show the top, middle and bottom 33% (tertile) in this sample of each metric for ease of visualisation, and the mean, median and percentiles are at the bottom.