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    A matter of distribution: APC logic against consortial funding mechanisms

    Eve, Martin Paul (2017) A matter of distribution: APC logic against consortial funding mechanisms. In: The Twelfth Munin Conference on Scholarly Publishing, 21-22 November 2017, Tromsø, Norway. (Unpublished)

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    Article and Book Processing Charges have become one of the most common mechanisms for paying for gold open access. It is envisaged that this looks like a “flip” from a purchase model to a service model. However, the change in distribution that is effected in such a transition is substantial. In this talk, I will examine the economic distributions of APC mechanisms as opposed to consortial funding. I take examples from the monograph and journal publishing spaces. I also examine the distributional changes from the UK’s Research Excellence Framework’s proposed mandate for monographs. I finally then ask what the actual costs are in running a small scholarly publisher and how the distributional changes implied by APCs – a move from fixed costs to unit costs – hit such entities. In all, this talk aims to provoke discussion about alternative models and mitigating strategies for collectively underwriting open access.


    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Keynote)
    School: School of Arts > English, Theatre and Creative Writing
    Depositing User: Martin Eve
    Date Deposited: 15 Nov 2017 15:00
    Last Modified: 15 Nov 2017 15:00


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