May 16, 2022

Five Years of Funding Open Access APCs at IUPUI: Where Did the Money Go? (Slide Presentation)

Here’s a data-rich slide deck shared today by members of the IUPUI [Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis] University Library at the 2018 ALI [Academic Libraries of Indiana] Scholarly Communication Librarianship Conference.

The presentation (36 slides; PDF) by Jere Odell and Hima Varsha Anne from the IUPUI University Library Center for Digital Scholarship can be accessed here.

Here’s an abstract via IUPUI ScholarWorks:

In this poster we describe the IUPUI Open Access Fund’s implementation model and we provide a report on its outcomes–including, the authors’ research areas, the journals and publishers supported, and the change in article processing charge rates over time.


Methodology: In 2013 the IUPUI University Library, in coordination with the IUPUI Office for the Vice Chancellor for Research (OVCR), launched an open access publishing fund. Following a successful two year pilot, the Fund has been supported annually with financial contributions from the University Library, the OVCR, the Ruth Lilly Medical Library, and eleven schools on the IUPUI campus. The Fund has provided more than $200,000.00 in support of fully open access journal articles, conference proceedings, and monographs over 5 years.

Methods: We use R, an open source programming language, and it’s libraries to analyze and visualize the Fund data. The visualizations depict the flow of funds in different departments of the institution, total amount each publisher is allocated with over time, how the publishing rates varied over time for different journals and the number of articles published by each publisher.

Conclusion: This poster will help others see how the Fund is working at IUPUI and to identify ways in which a similar fund might work at their institution. In addition, attendees will to see how the availability of funding has increased participation in open access publishing by IUPUI faculty and graduate students.

Direct to Slides via ScholarWorks

on a Related Note…

Cambridge Open Access Spend 2013-2018 (via Unlocking Research)

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