The Libraries, in collaboration with the Provost, have established a fund to finance payment of article and monograph processing fees for Boston College authors who wish to publish in open access journals. Open access funds demonstrate an institution’s concrete support for new and innovative research publishing models. The fund is administered through the University Libraries.
Goals of the program
Open access publishing funds are awarded on a first come, first served basis. Funds may be used for open access publishing and processing fees, including open access page charges. Funds may not be used for reprints, color illustration fees, non-OA page charges, permissions fees, web hosting for self-archiving, or other expenses not directly related to open access fees. The fund may be suspended if sufficient funding is not available.
A small steering group manages the funding award process. The steering group includes members of the Libraries’ Scholarly Communication Committee and at least one faculty member.
Hybrid journals require a supplemental payment for open access on an article-by-article basis. Authors may pay to have their own article openly available immediately. Many large journal publishing companies have instituted these fees, but have not reduced their traditional subscription fees. They are often accused of being paid twice to publish the same article. In addition, although these articles are available to read, they are not usually published under a license which allows reuse.
See Shieber SM (2009) Equity for Open-Access Journal Publishing. PLoS Biol 7(8): e1000165. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.1000165
Michael James, Lynch School of Education
Thomas Seyfried, Biology Department, College of Arts and Sciences
Enid Karr, Senior Research Librarian/Bibliographer for Biology, Earth & Environmental Sciences, and Environmental Studies
Elliott Hibbler, Head, Scholarly Communications
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