KU faculty address proposed open access initiatives

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Five KU faculty, A. Townsend Peterson, Ada Emmett, Josh Bolick, Marc Greenberg and Brian Rosenblum, recently published a letter to the editor of Science titled, “Subsidizing truly open access.” The letter addresses a current European Union initiative to flip scholarly journals from closed access to open access through article processing charges (APCs)—meaning that authors, funders, or institutions pay a fee, frequently thousands of dollars, to make a paper publically available.

The KU authors criticize this expression of the Gold OA model, arguing that APCs disadvantage scholars in the developing world and at less well-funded institutions, as well as early career researchers. The KU authors argue for a Platinum OA model, where external subsidies cover publication costs, making the scholarship open and accessible; that is, free to readers and free to authors alike. Though published in Science—a toll access journal—the letter is also available through KU’s open digital repository, KU ScholarWorks.



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