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Jisc APC pilot project

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The Jisc APC pilot project completed in 2014 and this webpage is now archived. Please see below for information on its aims, goals, and strands of work.


Jisc APC is a pilot project that aims to assist UK higher education institutions and publishers worldwide in managing Gold OA article processing charges. Managed by Jisc Collections, the pilot engages representatives from academic institutions, publishers, funders and intermediaries to explore key issues and respond to a changing global Open Access landscape. There are two complementary strands of activity:

Strand 1: An exploration of key issues and challenges within a Gold OA environment

The pilot aims to gather and share information on systems, processes, workflows and standards, and test the overall efficiencies that a third party, such as Jisc Collections, might offer to the various participants. Reflecting on and communicating lessons learned will avoid duplication of effort and result in greater efficiencies for all stakeholders.

Strand 2: Delivery of an online administration platform for pilot institutions

An online administration platform is being developed and delivered by Jisc Collections in conjunction with its technology partner Open Access Key (OAK). OAK is providing the underlying technical infrastructure and Jisc Collections is managing all aspects of the payment cycle. These include holding funds for institutions, making timely payments to publishers and providing the financial reports designed to help manage funds effectively, as well as publisher engagement through a range of options for participation. Platform use by pilot institutions will provide a context to explore some of the wider issues and challenges outlined in strand 1. The Jisc APC portal is available here.