Saturday, June 23, 2012

ALA Annual 2012 -- SPARC/ACRL Forum.

SPARC/ACRL Forum on Open Access Author Funds

First Heather Joseph gave some updates including:
PLoS One now biggest biomedical journal.
New OA journals -- Peer J and e-Life.
Growing focus on campuses not on introductions of services, but on refining and making things work.
Need a robust network of diverse funding sources. Which is where author funds come in.

Sue Kriegsman (Harvard) 

Compact for OA Publishing Equity (COPE)
Current model -- costs hidden in library budgets, authors don't want to pay.
Looking for sustainable, economical, and without market dysfunction.
COPE -- right for own institution, timely, durable mechanism, reasonable publication charges, published in peer reviewed journal articles, OA journals., don't cover fees that others, like grant agencies, could cover.

15 inst have signed onto COPE plus supporting groups and institutions.

HOPE Harvard not supporting hybrid journals or when could have been written in grants.
SPARC collects stats on OA funds. Most schools have caps, most around $3000. 849 articles funded overall.

Check Eckman (Simon Fraser)

Peer review article growth 3-4% per year, about 20% is gold OA. Perhaps top out at 27%.
Article Processing Charge (APC) is the dominant model in OA. CERN found this as a barrier.(SOAP Survey)
Carleton (2012) is the only lib arts college that has one.
Accomplishments -- library visibility, school comm conversation, better understanding of publishing patterns, 
Do your homework, consult broadly, explore funding sources, define goals, establish eligibility criteria, consider hybrid journals, budget, cost control options, promotion, workflows, assessment.

Average cost per article -$1500.

I had to leave at the beginning of Andrew Waller's (Calgary) remarks.Rollins has not found a need for such a fund up to now, but we shall see as OA grows and faculty increasingly publish in such journals.

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