Some Swedish universities have been collecting APC data for several years. This workshop gathered the ones who already work with APC data and those who want to start, to share experiences. The lessons learned included:
University libraries have seen the use for this type of data, and other stakeholders start to, but there is an explicit need for library management to make room in the organisation for this new workflow.
What is to count as publishing fees? Apart from APCs, the data gathering has shown that other fees such as color fees, page fees etc also exist. We also discussed the language checking costs, as these are probably constantly rising as more and more researchers are pushed towards publishing in English speaking channels.
Since 2017, the accounting system of universities have a new financial code for APCs. However, as with all novelties, we see that it will take some time to identify the type of costs that should be registered here (not print costs) and to have all relevant costs registered here. Some universities had estimations of about 50 % of costs registered with this new financial code.
Currency issues are old problems which will follow us into the world of paying for publishing. If this could be handled at a central level it would be of great relief to the individual universities.
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The Swedish pilot agreement named Springer Compact with the publisher Springer Nature comes to an end this year. The present agreement covers the time period 2016-07-01 – 2018-12-31. Springer Compact was the first Swedish agreement signed with the intent to offset publishing costs with subscription costs.
In an academic world transitioning from “paying for reading” to “paying for publishing” and not both, it makes sense to sign agreements with publishers to “offset” the publishing costs against reading costs to prevent total costs from skyrocketing.
Thanks to the excellent work done by Christoph Broschinski at Bielefeld University Library, 1550 APC data records from 13 Swedish institutions gathered within the Open APC Sweden project has now been integrated with the project INTACT’s Open APC initiative.
Kostnaderna för hybrid open access är betydligt högre än för andra affärsmodeller för open access, vilket kan komma att medföra en kraftigt ökad kostnad för ett forskningsintensivt lärosäte i jämförelse med tidigare prenumerationskostnader. Det konstaterar Thomas Mattson på bloggen Bibliotekshorisonten, ett inlägg som här återpubliceras i sin helhet.