Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Co-operative funding for Gold Open Access in the Humanities - Dr Martin Paul Eve


Day 3 of this event started with an engaging yet shorter than scheduled Plenary Talk by Martin Eve.

Martin Paul Eve
University of Lincoln / Open Library of Humanities

"While article processing charges (APCs) are emerging as a key way in which existing publishers can adapt to gold open access, 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 open access, however, do not come with these drawbacks but are susceptible to free riders. In this talk I will address the theoretical backdrop to these models and evaluate the range of current offerings. Noting that classical economic incentives do not seem to operate in a world of inter-library loans, I end with a description of the model that we are implementing for our Andrew W Mellon Foundation funded initiative, the Open Library of Humanities".

Some notes and tweets.

Article Processing Charges are unaffordable for many Institutions.

In the Humanities, books are very important. The HEFCE mandate however excludes monographs.

Open Library of Humanities (OLH) is a not for profit mega journal.

How do you build trust/prestige ?

OLH started off in 2013, initially under the name of PLOHSS (Public Library of Humanities & Social Sciences) ("sorry to anyone from PLOS, we've got a different name now, so lawyers, back off ")

OLH has no article processing charges. So how does they fund this ?

Their model inverts the ILL system, Libraries instead pay into a common pool, this benefits all libraries. OLH have "significant evidence" that this model works. Mention was made of "double dipping" practices in the open access system.

Pic c/o @gbilder

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