“The open access contracts between the Dutch universities and publishers Elsevier and Springer have to be publicly disclosed. That is the verdict of the committee charged with considering the appeal of the publishers against a freedom of information request….”
The final version of this article is scheduled for final publication in the March 2018 issue of C&RL.
Purpose: The present study explored tendencies of the world’s countries? at individual and scientific development levels? towards publishing in APC?funded open access journals.
Design/methodology/approach: Using a bibliometric method, it studied OA and NOA articles issued in Springer and Elsevier’s APC journals during 2007?2011. The data were gathered using a wide number of sources including Sherpa/Romeo, Springer Author?mapper, Science Direct, Google and journals websites.
Findings: The Netherlands, Norway and Poland ranked highest in terms of their OA shares. This can be attributed to the financial resources allocated to publication in general, and publishing in OA journals, in particular, by the countries. All developed countries and a large number of scientifically lagging and developing nations were found to publish OA articles in the APC journals. The OA papers have been exponentially growing across all the country scientific groups annually. Although the advanced nations published the lion share of the OA?APC papers and exhibited the highest growth, the under?development groups have been displaying high OA growth rates.
Practical implications: Given the reliance of the APC model on authors’ affluence and motivation, its affordability and sustainability have been challenged. This communication helps understand how countries at different scientific development and thus wealth levels contribute to the model.
Originality/value: This is the first study conducted at macro level clarifying countries’ contribution to the APC model – at individual and scientific?development levels? as the ultimate resultant of the interaction between authors’ willingness, the model affordability and publishers and funding agencies’ supportive.
“As a corresponding author affiliated to Jönköping University you can now publish in any of Springer’s subscription-based journals without having to pay any author fee, a so-called APC (Article Processing Charge)….”
“Elsevier announced that downloads to their two journals, Physics Letters B and Nuclear Physics B have doubled since they became Open Access at the start of SCOAP3 in January 2014. This increase is remarkable as SCOAP3 covers the most recent 3,500 articles in the journals, while most of the historic content of over 77,000 articles, is available to subscribers.
SpringerNature announced that since January 2014 they have observed a doubling of downloads across their two learned-society journals participating in SCOAP3: European Physical Journal C and the Journal of High Energy Physics.”
“If your institution has a Springer Compact agreement, then you may publish your article open access – at no charge to yourself – in more than 1,600 Springer journals. When publishing your article open access it becomes freely accessible to anyone worldwide. In addition, you can enjoy full access to all Springer journals….”
“Two major new publishers are enabling Jisc Publications Router to supply their content to institutional repositories. This helps institutions ensure they are compliant with funders’ open access (OA) policies and alerts them to the existence of their researchers’ articles.”
“[Haank] added: “His deep knowledge of scholarly publishing is complemented by his keen understanding of how this is evolving. Steven was responsible for Nature Publishing Group’s move into open access, resulting in 60% of 2015 research articles on research articles being OA. Most recently he has led the innovative Nature content sharing initiative, the first of its kind in the industry. This vision and pioneering spirit are huge assets to Springer Nature.” …”