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re: AAUP Statement on Open Access

The AAUP Statement on Open Access has very limited relevance to discussions on policy for open access to the peer-reviewed research results, such as FRPAA.

The focus of open access policy is the journal article, while the AAUP Statement mixes all types of publications, and refers specifically to monographs.

For example, the summary states (3rd paragraph): open access need not be limited to journals

The Statement (page 3) presents the very interesting information that the average production cost for a monograph is about $25,000 - $30,000 (and would be $20,000 - $25,000 with no print costs).

Statement 4) states that 90% of the operating costs of university presses, about $500 million, is derived from sales. Of the $500 million, about 15% - 20% are from library sales, while the rest comes from general and college bookstores, online retailers, and directly to individual scholars.

It seems that the largest portion of operating costs is from book sales. This is an area that would not be at all impacted by open access requirement policies by funders, such as FRPAA.

This e-mail reflects my personal opinion only, and does not reflect the opinion or policy of BC Electronic Library Network or Simon Fraser University Library.

Heather Morrison, M.L.I.S.
Project Coordinator, BC Electronic Library Network