• The Library Solution: How Academic Libraries Could End the APC Scourge

    Author(s):
    Jefferson Pooley (see profile)
    Date:
    2019
    Group(s):
    Digital Books, Science Studies and the History of Science
    Subject(s):
    Scholarly communication, Scholarly publishing, Open access
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    scholarly communications, Open-access scholarship
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/pq7s-1t44
    Abstract:
    The article processing charge (APC) is the specter haunting the open access movement. Advocates for open access (OA) face plenty of other obstacles, including tolled journal prestige, researcher inertia, and the life-draining embrace of the publishing oligopolists. But the APC—the fee many publishers charge authors to publish—is a homegrown problem. Most scholars cannot afford the fees, a fact masked by the privileged segment who can: scientists in the rich industrialized world, and scholars at a handful of elite Western universities. The rest of us—researchers from the Global South and nonscientists everywhere—are left with a bill we can’t pay. So the prevailing APC regime fixes one barrier to access, for readers, by erecting another, for authors.
    Notes:
    This preprint is a longer version of Jeff Pooley, “The Library Solution: How Academic Libraries Could End the APC Scourge,” Items, September 3, 2019, https://items.ssrc.org/parameters/the-library-solution-how-academic-libraries-could-end-the-apc-scourge/
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