We are working on solutions to support the growth of Open Access and ensure it is sustainable in the long term.
Our OA expert group is investigating business models, including both those that focus on use of OA journals and those that focus on use of repositories.
We aim to discover the models that are most effective in ensuring open access to scholarly and scientific information in the long term.
In the last few years more countries and research funding bodies have developed open access (OA) policies. We are working on solutions to support the growth of OA and ensure it is sustainable in the long term.
Knowledge Exchange has been actively involved in promoting open access (OA) on several levels for many years.
In the coming years funding flows will need to shift from journal subscriptions to other routes enabling models that support open access publishing. Our OA expert group is investigating business models, including both those that focus on use of OA journals and those that focus on use of repositories. We aim to discover the models that are most effective in ensuring open access to scholarly and scientific information in the long term.
We are adding value to the activities of each partner by sharing knowledge, planning collaboratively and focusing on joint development within the area of OA publishing. Our latest work includes:
Review of open access policy dependencies
We are analysing the extent to which OA policies are dependent on a distinct set of compliance-enabling services for researchers and institutions.
Our study will offer clear evidence to policy makers about the importance of particular services to the successful implementation of OA policies. We will deliver a summary report that includes an analysis of several OA policies currently in use and examines:
- the many different positions on OA that research funders and institutions have adopted
- the direct or indirect dependency of such policies on key services in the considered use cases
- the views of stakeholders on the services that enable compliance with OA policies
- dependency risks and possible risk reduction options
- use cases, presented in accessible formats and language for a non-technical audience
Next, we will assess the risks to policy implementation that arise from dependence on the services we have identified. A workshop with institutional and research funders will be planned to discuss the outcomes. After including the findings and recommendations of the workshop we will share our findings with the research community. We will work together to identify potential solutions to counter the risks that we identify.
In May 2015 we organised a workshop on the monitoring of open access in Utrecht. There were 32 participants, representing open access policy makers and practitioners from the five KE partner countries and Ireland, Norway, Belgium and Spain.
Together, we shared ideas and plans around monitoring open access, focusing on methods, tools and workflow. As a result of those conversations we are exploring if it is feasible to standardise some aspects of OA monitoring and reporting as well as the costs of OA publications.
Landscape study of open access monographs
We are also exploring whether sufficient information on business models for publishing open access books (monographs) is available. Next, we will assess whether information gaps exist that should be filled. We will report on what we discover and plan potential Knowledge Exchange activities in priority areas.
Financing gold open access
With developments in the area of gold OA moving fast, several financing models have emerged for publishing. Early in 2016 we will identify different use cases for financing publishing in gold OA and define the strengths and weaknesses of each one, to support institutions in the choices they need to make.