May 19, 2022

Summary, Recording, and Materials From Recent OpenAire Webinar About APC Transparency and the OpenAPC Initiative

From a Summary Blog Post:

An overview and a quick dive into the transparency of publication fees (APCs).

First, Christoph Broschinski gave an introduction to the OpenAPC initiative. Since June 2014, this initiative, supported by the DINI working group on electronic publishing and subject of the projects INTACT and continued now in KOA, collects and disseminates datasets on APC payments made to publishers by universities and research institutions in a standardized way. Christoph presented the aim of transparency around the costs of Open Access publishing and the history of the OpenAPC initiative. The project developed and established standardized methods in workflows and data formats to exchange APC data.​


He also explained how new participants can join OpenAPC and how reusable APC data can be obtained in the first place. At the moment there are more than 230 institutions/organisations who share their APC data with OpenAPC initiative.


In the second part, Andreas Czerniak compared the OpenAPC dataset with publication data in OpenAIRE showing that over 90% of the OpenAPC journal articles are also present in OpenAIRE. The average APC payment is 1,958 EUR which is a little below the average OpenAPC value. He also demonstrated how the combined data could be used to obtain detailed information on APC expenditures for funders, funding programs, and funded projects.

This was the opening event in the OpenAIRE Advance project.

Read the Complete Blog Post


Presentation 1: Transparency of Publication Fees and the OpenAPC Project

Presentation 2: Transparency of Publication Fees and the OpenAPC Project

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