In 2011 David J Solomon and Bo-Christer Björk published a very interesting paper: “Publication Fees in Open Access Publishing: Sources of Funding and Factors Influencing Choice of Journal.” It revealed fascinating data about Open Access publishing, APCs and other factors, which influenced the choice of a publication model by authors. The results of this survey are well worth discussing.
The issue of APCs is one of the hottest topics related to Gold Open Access. In principle, publication charges should be covered by authors. This situation often discourages scientists from publishing in OA. However, in many cases, the fees are covered by dedicated funds administered by universities and research institutions. In addition, almost 70% of OA journals do not charge those fees at all. It does not change the fact that APCs do exist, but it is also true that authors do not have to pay them at all times.
The new policy on Open Access pursued by the British government still raises a lot of controversy and inspires fierce debate. Nevertheless, it is impossible not to notice that the action taken by the government has borne fruit in the shape of newly launched funds for scientific publishing in OA model. Recently, one such fund was launched at the University of Warwick in collaboration between its Library and Research Support Services.
A few weeks ago I wrote about the new fund, which has been launched by UC San Diego, and designed for scholars who have decided to publish in the Open Access model. The pilot program of UC San Diego covers the costs of Article Processing Charges and OA. In the meantime a new funding program has been created to help OA authors.
In our previous post, we mentioned the importance of the OAPEN-UK project, which aims to explore the impact of Open Access on the humanities and social sciences. Among the key elements of this project, we find a survey covering issues such as attitudes toward OA publishing and Creative Commons licensing, as well as researchers’ preferences and priorities (both as authors and as readers). While focusing primarily on researchers from the UK, this survey provides some particularly interesting results, which deserve a closer look.
At the beginning of last week, the University of California, San Diego, launched a pilot Open Access fund aimed at their faculty, postdocs, residents, fellows and graduate students. Its purpose is to cover the costs of Open Access publishing for anyone who does not already have a grant available for this purpose.