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Who benefits from the University of Calgary authors' fund?
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- Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2008 10:34:57 EST
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** with apologies for cross-posting ** Who benefits from the University of Calgary authors' fund? This was a useful question raised at a talk this week by Andrew Waller, at the University of British Columbia. In my opinion, there are two main groups of beneficiaries: U of C faculty and students University of Calgary faculty and senior students who wish to publish in OA journals that charge article processing fees and have no funds available. Not that every request will be approved; but at least, there is a place to make a request with some hope of getting funding. Everyone involved in scholarly communication. Even at this early date, the investigative work done by U of C has resulted in procedures that identify that it makes sense to fund fully open access journals, such as Public Library of Science, BioMedCentral, and Hindawi, as well as hybrid options of publishers that reduce subscription rates for libraries on the basis of revenue from open access fees - like Oxford. This is a great model for other libraries; if other libraries follow this example, in my opinion the odds that publishers will plan to decrease subscription fees on the basis of OA revenue will quickly and significantly increase. PLEASE NOTE: the majority of open access journals do NOT charge article processing fees, and it is not necessary to publish in an open access journal to make your work OA. The green road, publishing in a traditional journal and self-archiving for open access, is another avenue and one that U of C recommends as appropriate as an alternative to the authors' fund. A more detailed version of this message is available on The Imaginary Journal of Poetic Economics, at: http://poeticeconomics.blogspot.com/2008/11/who-benefits-from- university-of-calgary.html Any opinion expressed in this e-mail is that of the author alone, and does not represent the opinion or policy of BC Electronic Library Network or Simon Fraser University Library. Heather Morrison, MLIS The Imaginary Journal of Poetic Economics http://poeticeconomics.blogspot.com
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