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Re: Looking an open access gift horse...
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At 03:53 PM 1/19/2004 -0500, Ann Okerson wrote:
With permission, I've digested below comments from a couple of university administrative folks who have seen the discussion about the potential effects of Open Access on library/university budgets, but aren't mmembers of this list.
In an article about two years ago I called this the "double payment" problem. I conceded that it's a real problem, but argued that it only3. There's a question of chicken/egg. If I want to switch to Open Access (author-pays) from the current model (reader-pays), may I expect costs for current subscriptions to go down as fast as or faster than the costs for Open Access go up? If not, where will I find the delta? If I build a bridge strategy to cover a period of double-cost, how confident can I be that I'll get back to where I am now?
affects the transition to open access (OA), not the long-term
sustainability of OA. I also sketched some ways to solve or avoid the
Dissemination fees, access fees, and the double payment problem, _FOS Newsletter_, January 1, 2002.
Research Professor of Philosophy, Earlham College
Open Access Project Director, Public Knowledge
Author, SPARC Open Access Newsletter
Editor, Open Access News blog