OA article processing charges (OA APC) research webliography and overview

This page is designed to provide an overview of major research, reports and data, starting with tracking new reports from September 2016.

Eigenfactor.org list of open access fees. Viewed May 9, 2017 at http://eigenfactor.org/projects/openAccess/oa.php

Vrana, Radovan (2016). Is open access still open: the case of article processing charges. Central European conference on information and intelligence systems September 21 – 23, 2016, pp. 177 – 184. Retrieved Jan. 10, 2017 from http://www.ceciis.foi.hr/app/public/conferences/1/ceciis2016/papers/ICT-3.pdf

Comment: the author compares % of journals with APC using DOAJ data as of 2016 and finds 17% of journals with an APC as compared to the 26% we found in 2014. It is assumed that this is a decrease in % of journals with APC. I suggest that this is likely an artefact reflecting incomplete data on this point in DOAJ, either journals that have not updated information or that have updated but not provided APC information. DOAJ as of September 2016 did not differentiate between journals with no APC and journals that have not provided information on APC. [HM]


Funder reports and data

Nassi-Calò, L. (2016). Challenges for sustainability of the open access model: Brazilian health journals.Revista Latino-Americana de Enfermagem Dec. 8, 2016. Editorial.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/1518-8345.0000.2827

In brief: of the 94 Brazilian health journals listed in DOAJ, only 17 journals (18%) have APCs. Those that have APCs have wildly varying amounts, from $45 USD – $910 USD. Even the highest APC is lower than the cost of PLOS ONE at $1,485 USD. “The scenario of open access publishing in Brazil and Latin America is one of the most favorable worldwide. The characteristics of its business models – small non-for-profit publishers funded by educational and research institutions and funding agencies not only ensure the region’s very low index of predatory journals, but also enable countries in the region to adopt the fastest growing form of publication in the world.”


Open APC From the website: “The Open APC initiative releases datasets on fees paid for open access journal articles by universities and research institutions under an open database license. Open APC, which is also supported by the DINI Working Group Electronic Publishing, is located at Bielefeld University Library. Since October 2015 Open APC ist part of the INTACT project.” Retrieved September 18, 2016.


Kingsley, D. (2016). Cambridge APC spend – RCUK report 2015-2016 and all reports dating back to 2009 are now publicly available. Global Open Access List September 16, 2016. Retrieved September 16, 2016 from http://mailman.ecs.soton.ac.uk/pipermail/goal/2016-September/004187.html

Includes links to APC data collection in Apollo (institutional repository): https://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/260180and a brief blogpost of Cambridge’s 2015-2016 RCUK report: https://unlockingresearch.blog.lib.cam.ac.uk/?p=899

Danny Kingsley’s highlights from the GOAL post:

The headline figures for the 2015-2016 RCUK fund are:

  • In total Cambridge spent £1,288,090 of RCUK funds on APCs
  • 1786 articles identified as being RCUK funded were submitted to the Open Access Service, of which 890 required payment for RCUK
  • 785 articles have been invoiced and paid
  • The average article cost was ~*£2008*

For a list of library open access publishing funds see the Open Access Directory.

Nature list of open access book funders: http://www.nature.com/openresearch/funding/funding-for-open-access-books/ (Viewed Jan. 5, 2017)

Last updated January 5, 2017

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