[Irtalk] Co-operating for gold open access without APCs | Eve | Insights

Hilton Gibson hilton.gibson at gmail.com
Fri Mar 6 11:09:29 SAST 2015

While article processing charges (APCs) are emerging as a key way in which
existing publishers can adapt to gold open access (OA), this mode is
problematic in many ways. Considering the existing subscription publication
ecosystem as a risk/cost-pooling mechanism leads to the conclusion that
APCs are a concentration of risk that may come with damaging institutional
consequences, particularly in the humanities disciplines. Consortial and
co-operative modes of funding gold OA, however, do not come with these
drawbacks but are susceptible to ‘free riders’. In this article, the
theoretical backdrop to these models is addressed and the range of current
offerings evaluated. *Noting that classical economic incentives do not seem
to operate in a world of inter-library loans, the article ends with a
description of the model that is being implemented for the Open Library of
Humanities initiative, funded by the Andrew W Mellon Foundation.*

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