”The whole model for science publishing should be rethought” – researchers share their views on open access publishing

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.

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How do APCs contribute to the openness of science?

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.

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What kind of support does the University of Helsinki offer in 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.

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What are open access author fees (APC)?

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.

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The open science annual review picks up the main topics in 2020: from Plan S to coronavirus pandemic

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.

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Self-archiving is a free way for researchers to carry out open access publishing

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.

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