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Open Access Fees Project: Final Report

JISC Collections has undertaken a number of practical projects related to the emergence of gold open access as an alternative business model for scholarly journals. This work has been focused on the challenges associated with managing open access fees and the perceived transparency issues based on concerns expressed by librarians that they are potentially paying twice, via subscription and OA article processing charges.

The most recent project, commissioned by the UK Open Access Implementation Group (OAIG), focused on the so-called hybrid model of OA publishing and the extent to which this can be seen as an optional model offered by publishers or a transitional one as part of the move away from subscription-based to fully Gold OA.

A highly consultative project, the findings and recommendations from interviews and a workshop with key stakeholders are presented in the JISC Collections Open Access Fees Project: Final Report.

Professor Martin Hall vice-chancellor at Salford University and chair of the OAIG says that although “open access journal publishing is making an important contribution, both to widening access to UK research, and to the success of UK publishers, here is still practical work to do to smooth the way for researchers, universities, funders and publishers.  The ways forward identified in this report are both practical and the product of consensus.”

JISC Collections hopes that the recommendations made in this report will stimulate further collaboration and help all stakeholders take steps towards managing their responsibilities in the hybrid model in a more transparent and joined-up fashion.

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