Show us the money – towards more transparency in Open Access publishing

By Asger V. Larsen

Published in Revy vol. 42 no. 1

It’s known that a lot of money is being spent on APC’s – or Article Processing Charges. Often it is the author who pays through grants or the funding comes from the universities. But how much money are we talking about? We simply don’t know, and we cannot know until the expenses for APC’s are recorded and reported in a systematic way. Several projects have tried to estimate the magnitude, but these are hand held and not scalable or repeatable on an annual basis. We need agreements with the publishers that ensures transparency of the flow of money from universities and researchers to the publishers.

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