”There is no reason why the combination of online archives and overlay journals cannot be extended to all disciplines, saving billions of euros a year. This would free up vast resources for research that are currently wasted on commercial publishers’ profits”, writes cosmologist Syksy Räsänen in his article. The path to a more sustainable publishing culture goes through awareness of the current situation and practical solutions. According to Räsänen, non-profit diamond open access publishing – open access with no APCs (article processing charges) – represents a return to the roots of the open access movement.
Updated information on the open access fees paid by research organisations is key to moving towards a more financially sustainable publishing culture. Last year, the University of Helsinki joined the international OpenAPC service, which maintains an open database of open access fees.
What do the University of Helsinki researchers think about article-processing charges, self-archiving, or open access (OA) publishing? Six researchers answered a short questionnaire and shared their views on open science, both at a general level and by answering several specific questions. In principle, open access (OA) is thought of as important and useful; however, from a practical perspective, there are still some challenges relating to expensive APCs (article processing charges), OA platform statistics, and the complex regulations in publishers’ policies.
Open access fees (or article processing charges, APCs) are part of a diverse set of options in open access publishing, a sector that aims to make open access to research publications the leading approach. This strategy in scholarly publishing is supported by the different methods that deliver open content. However, in the transition phase, research-intensive universities are particularly affected by open access fees.
A significant part of the University of Helsinki’s open access funding is centralised in the library, which offers UH researchers two ways to get support for open access fees (article processing charge, APC). Support can be obtained either through journal subscription deals agreed by the library or directly from the centralised APC funding. These are the two main pathways, in addition to which individual faculties can provide support.
Open access author fee or article processing charge (APC) is the price paid for open access publication and it varies depending on the publisher and journal. The APCs finance open access publishing. However, most open access journals do not charge an APC. Open access fees are the subject of a new five-part series on the Think Open blog, and the opening article explains the basic concepts.
The open science review 2020 includes the refinements of Plan S and the tool for checking the Plan S compatibility of publishing channels, it provides a look at the guidelines and recommendations made in national open science coordination, and it provides an overview of the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on the openness of scientific information. The special theme is open access journals that vanish from the web – and the researcher’s means of preserving her or his own research.
The article processing charges (APC) of open access publishing lure in suspicious publishers as well. Therefore it is a good skill for a researcher to recognize the typical characteristics of these so-called predatory publications.
The new article series brings self-archiving to its basics, discussing its advantages and presenting special questions. This first post of the series reviews different forms of open access publication and establishes the place of self-archiving among the different alternatives for open access.