Open Access Is “Changing Behavior”

Robert KileySince earlier this year, influential research funders have mandated “open access” publishing practices that are sparking dramatic re-tooling of longstanding business models. As scholarly and scientific publishers test new business models, the focus is on collection of Article Processing Charges (APCs). Funders require compliance with mandates; authors look for a complete and rewarding user experience; and publishers want efficiency and flexibility. The pace of transformation is accelerating and demand for innovative solutions is mounting.

In May, as part of an ongoing educational webinar series presented by Copyright Clearance Center, Robert Kiley of the UK-based Wellcome Library and the Wellcome Trust, one of the world’s most influential research funding organizations, examined scientific publishing’s shift to OA and what it means for publishers, authors and academic institutions.

“What we’re trying to do here is change behavior – to say that open access isn’t an option; it isn’t something you can tack onto the end.  It’s a key part of accepting Wellcome Trust funding,” Kiley tells CCC’s Chris Kenneally. “We genuinely believe that it’s not only good for the researcher, we think it’s good for science and society… I believe we’re going to see much more of a move to the author pays model, and I think as part of that, we need to ensure that article processing charges are easy to administer, but the cost remains fair and very transparent.

On Thursday, October 10, at the Frankfurt Book Fair, Copyright Clearance Center presents, “Open Access – The Force Remaking Scholarly Publishing.” Join CCC for a frank discussion on the “OA” challenge with Robert KileyEllen Collins of the Research Information Network; Rob Johnson of Research Consulting, and most recently with the University of Nottingham; and Karen Hawkins of IEEE, publisher of many of the world’s leading journals on technology and technical knowledge.

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