May 19, 2022

OpenAIRE Workshop Report: “Beyond APCs: Alternative Open Access Publishing Business Models”

The Beyond APCs: Alternative Open Access Publishing Business Models workshop took place at the Royal Library/National Library of the Netherlands in The Hague on April 5, 2018. Slide presentations can be accessed here.

From an Blog Post by A:

The OpenAIRE FP7 post-grant Open Access Pilot is now closed and 11 projects were granted support in the first call, to develop and implement technical improvements to the benefit of their infrastructure for open scholarly communication. You can read the full report here. The second call aimed to support alternative open access business models, and six bids was approved for funding: Mattering press, The Institute of Literary Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences (IBL PAN), SciPost, Fair Open Access Alliance (FOAA), Language Science Press and Open Library of Humanities. None of these projects use APCs in their business models.

The second half of the day provided an opportunity for all the grantees to develop their alternative business models together with the other workshop delegates. The tool used was a “Canvas for Alternative Open Access Publishing Business Models” (based on this model) which is a map to develop a better understanding of the target groups, the value proposition and the cost structure of an organisation.

Read the Complete Workshop Report


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