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Re: Open Choice is a Trojan Horse for Open Access Mandates
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- Date: Wed, 14 Mar 2007 20:27:43 EDT
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Yes, it is true that "if and when institutions ever 'do' cancel subscriptions, that money will then be freed to pay for Gold OA costs." What still remains "speculative," however, is whether that is the actual use to which that "freed" money will be put.
University presses have long harbored the hope that "if and when" this scenario unfolds, the "freed" money will once again be devoted to purchasing monographs, whose sales have suffered mightily ever since the STM crisis began way back in the late 1960s. But every librarian I have asked about this replies "ain't gonna happen." There are plenty of other needs that libraries have to which "freed" money can be devoted-digitization projects, archiving, licensing other electronic resources, etc. If they are reluctant to spend it on such a central resource as monographs, then what chance is there that they are likely to start subsidizing faculty who want to publish in Gold OA journals?
Would librarians on this list care to comment?
Director, Penn State Press
Whether and when institutions will cancel subscriptions because of mandated Green OA is a purely speculative matter, today. What is not speculative is that if and when institutions ever *do* cancel subscriptions, that money will then be freed to pay for Gold OA costs; not before.
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