What role will librarians play in implementing Article Processing Charges?

Yesterday we published the results of a roundtable discussion which SAGE convened in association with Jisc earlier in July to better understand the role that academic libraries will play in implementing gold open access (OA) article processing charges (APCs).

The roundtable, chaired by Stella Butler, RLUK, and attended by a panel of 14 senior librarians and other industry experts addressed the following key areas of discussion:

  • The role of the institutional repository
  • Allocation of APC money
  • Challenges of APC management
  • Future challenges:
    • Effects on subscription prices
    • Monographs
    • Quality concerns

The report is a summary of the discussions around the practical implications for academic libraries in helping researchers in UK higher education to comply with funder mandates, and how institutions, publishers and other parties should be supporting their librarian partners in addressing these challenges and changing roles.

Outlined in the report are four key issues identifies by librarians as being central to helping librarians address their changing role in APC management. These are: clearer workflows and better management tools; publisher support in helping with OA compliance; cross industry initiatives and international standards within this area; and clarity from RCUK about how OA compliance should be recorded.

The report is free to download now. Visit the SAGE Working Together library page for more details.

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