Open Access: SAGE & Jisc Publish Report on Role Academic Librarians Play in Article Processing Charges
In July, leading independent academic and professional publishers SAGE convened a roundtable in association with Jisc, the non-departmental public body providing leading advice on digital technologies for education and research, into the role of the academic libraries in implementing gold open access (OA) article processing charges (APCs). Chaired by Stella Butler, RLUK, and attended by a panel of 14 senior librarians and other industry experts, the conclusions of this discussion have today been published in a report, Implementing Open Access APCs: the role of academic libraries.
The report is a summary of the discussions around the practical implications for academic libraries in helping researchers in UK higher education to comply with funder mandates, and how institutions, publishers and other parties should be supporting their librarian partners in addressing these challenges and changing roles. Discussions revealed a need for clearer workflows for APC management and better management tools. It was suggested that publishers could play a role in helping with OA compliance by providing clear information about licenses and conditions earlier in the submission process. The need for cross industry initiatives and international standards in this area was also indentified, as was clarity from RCUK about how OA compliance should be recorded
Key discussions include:
- The role of the institutional repository
- Allocation of APC money
- Challenges of APC management
- Additional future issues to address including:
- Effects on subscription pricing
- Quality concerns
Direct to Full Text Report
Implementing Open Access APCs: the role of academic libraries (20 pages; PDF)
A report on a roundtable commissioned by SAGE, in association with Jisc
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Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com. Gary is also the co-founder of infoDJ an innovation research consultancy supporting corporate product and business model teams with just-in-time fact and insight finding.