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    Co-operating for gold open access without APCs

    Eve, Martin Paul (2015) Co-operating for gold open access without APCs. Insights: the UKSG journal 28 (1), pp. 73-77. ISSN 2048-7754.

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    While article processing charges (APCs) are emerging as a key way in which existing publishers can adapt to gold open access (OA), this mode is problematic in many ways. Considering the existing subscription publication ecosystem as a risk/cost-pooling mechanism leads to the conclusion that APCs are a concentration of risk that may come with damaging institutional consequences, particularly in the humanities disciplines. Consortial and co-operative modes of funding gold OA, however, do not come with these drawbacks but are susceptible to ?free riders?. In this article, the theoretical backdrop to these models is addressed and the range of current offerings evaluated. Noting that classical economic incentives do not seem to operate in a world of inter-library loans, the article ends with a description of the model that is being implemented for the Open Library of Humanities initiative, funded by the Andrew W Mellon Foundation.


    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: Based on a paper to be presented at the 38th UKSG Annual Conference, Glasgow, March-April 2015
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Creative Arts, Culture and Communication
    Research Centres and Institutes: Contemporary Literature, Centre for
    Depositing User: Martin Eve
    Date Deposited: 06 Jul 2015 08:15
    Last Modified: 09 Aug 2023 12:36


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