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Housing Dec. 6, 2019: I am doing some clean-up on the pages. Pages that are also posts without additional information have been deleted.

Blog as a whole:

Morrison, H. et al. (2014 -). Sustaining the knowledge commons | Soutenir les savoirs communs: a research blog. Retrieved from

Sustaining the knowledge commons is a research blog created for sharing results of research under the Sustaining the Knowledge Commons research program funded by Canada’s Social Sciences and Humnanities Research Council under an Insight Development Grant (2014 – 2016) and an Insight Grant (2016 – 2021).


Morrison, H. (2014). About Sustaining the Knowledge Commons / À propos des savoirs communs. Sustaining the Knowledge Commons. Retrieved from

Overall description of the Sustaining the Knowledge Commons program and its 3 project areas. Originally posted in 2014.

Morrison, H., & et al. (2014). About the team. Sustaining the Knowledge Commons. Retrieved from

Photos and bios of members of the Sustaining the Knowledge Commons research team. Updated periodically.

Morrison, H. (n.d.). Resource requirements for small scholar-led publishers. Sustaining the Knowledge Commons. Retrieved from
Early work in this area, link to final article, and key points on what small journals (with full-time academic editors) need to survive and thrive in an open access environment.


Incomplete as of Dec. 6, 2019

Dumais-Desrosiers, M. (2017). Elsevier: Libre accès et droit d’auteur. Soutenir Les Savoirs Communs. Retrieved from


À partir de la liste des frais de publication (APC) des revues publiées en libre accès complet par Elsevier, nous avons extrait les 282 revues ne chargeant pas d’APC pour en analyser les composantes liées au droit d’auteur. Nous avons établi que 94% de notre corpus était commandité par une société ou une université. Nous avons aussi découvert que dans 76% des cas, les droits d’auteurs revenaient au sponsor de la revue (société ou université), dans 10% à l’auteur, dans 3% des cas à Elsevier. Enfin, nous avons établi que la licence de droit d’auteur la plus revendiquée est la CC BY-NC-ND (201 sur 282).

Open access publishing: current issues in copyright and licensingIntroducing sustaining the knowledge commons  (June 23, 2014)

Suggestion for institutional subsidy for first book  (June 25, 2014)

Resource requirements call for participation             (July 04, 2014)

Bravo to India’s DBT / DST on their proposed open access policy! (July 05, 2014)

June 30, 2014 Dramatic Growth of Open Access (July 07,2014)

OA APCs: discounts for quality and students, page charges for length (July 09, 2014)

Publishers using open access article processing charges are either big or small (skewed distribution) (July 21, 2014)

Introducing the Open access article processing charges dataverse (July 21,2014)

Genome Biology: not listed in DOAJ (August 01, 2014)

Open access article processing fees: variation by type of article (August 04, 2014)

OA APC variation: english language editing (August 05, 2014)

Sustaining the Knowledge Commons (SKC) –Selected Bibliography on Open Access  (September 03, 2014 by Jihane Salha )

Fee complexity – an example (September 09, 2014 by Tony Horava)

Common Pool Resource Theory introduction (October 08, 2014 by Alexis Calve-Genest)

Characteristics of a enduring Common Pool Resource (CPR) (October 08, 2014 by Alexis Calve-Genest)

Most DOAJ journals using article processing fees charge under $1,000 US (October 09, 2014)

Open access article processing charges: DOAJ survey May 2014 (October 20, 2014)

Copernicus Publications: when length of articles and choice of templates matter (October 23, 2014 by Jihane Salha )

Closing Open Medicine: why we need to work at Sustaining the Knowledge Commons (November 18, 2014)

Sustaining the Knowledge Commons team at CASRAI Reconnect 2014 (November 20, 2014)

Open Access Article processing Charges: DOAJ Survey May 2014 (February 09, 2015)

Many small open access journals / publishers do not charge APCs (February 20, 2015)

How to download and work with DOAJ journal metadata without messing up the characters in the journal titles and publisher names.  (March 12, 2015 by César Villamizar)

Soutenir les savoir communs à Érudit (April 08, 2015)

Who is served by for-profit gold open acess publishing? A case study of Hindawi and Egypt (April 10, 2015 by Jihane Salhad & Heather Morrison)

Open access and copyright: let’s open the conversation (April 17, 2015)

The gift economy (April 28, 2015 by Alexis Calvé-Genest & Heather Morrison)

L’économie du don (April 28, 2015 by Alexis Calvé-Genest & Heather Morrison)

Which subjects are most likely to charge article processing charges? (May o5, 2015)

Subject classification of DOAJ journals-data and documentation (May 06, 2015)

Heather at the Emerging Trends in Scholarly Publishing Seminar (May 06, 2015)

Tech tip for DOAJ journals contributing article-level metadata (May 06, 2015)

Forthcoming research and an invitation to cooperate (May 07,2015)

Wanting to be open does not mean we want to be open about everything (May 12, 2015)

From conference to newsletter to journal: a challenge to the emphasis on peer review (May 12, 2015)

Market economy and social reality- A pragmatic view from a well know author (May 13, 2015, by Alexis Calve-Genest)

How a flat APC with no price increase for 3years can be a 6%-77% price increase (May 13, 2015)

$1,300 per article or $25K/ year in subsidy can generously support quality scholar-led OA journal publishing (May 14, 2015)

Historical APC data from before the April upgrade (May 15, 2015)

OA APC survey May 2015 work-in-progress (May 15, 2015)

Title not found: room for improvement in maintaining access to articles when journals disappear (May 15, 2015)

Libertas Academica: average 18% to 56% price increase 2015 over 2014 (May 15, 2015)

DOAJ Added after March 2014, Has charges: Preliminary Analysis (May 18, 2015)

Open access publishing: current issues in copyright and licensing (May 19, 2015)

OA APC, page charges, and dilemmas for long-standing traditional journals (May 19, 2015)

Submission fee but no article processing charge: European Cells and Materials example (May 20, 2015)

In the E.U.? Your USD APCs cost 21% more than a year ago (May 20, 2015)

Deals for members and journal as publicity for society membership: options for society journals  (May 21, 2015)

Pricing in more than one currency and pricing for local authors (May 21, 2015)

Negotiating authors and the loyalty discount (May 21, 2015)

Notable APC price increases (May 22, 2015)

Temporary discounts and special offers  (May 22, 2015)

APC waivers for outstanding quality (May 22, 2015)

Student discounts (May 22, 2015)

The subsidy model and APCs (May 22, 2015)

Language editing (May 22, 2015)

Two-thirds of DOAJ journals do not have article processing charges (May 25, 2015)

OA APCs: no cost found (May 25, 2015)

APC pricing that depends on how much work is involved (May 28, 2015)

DOAJ, Impact Factor and APCs (June 1, 2015by César Villamizar and Heather Morrison)

Papiers Dorés – vidéo (June 16, 2015)

Library-led journals using Digital Commons: 94% open access, none with article processing charges (June 18, 2015)

Sustaining scholarly societies and society publishers: key challenges for open access transition (June 19, 2015)

Open access landscape in mathematics (June 20,2015)

This is confusing (OA APCs) (June20, 2015)

Hybrids: print plus OA okay with DOAJ, print plus online subscriptions no. Is this fair? (June 20, 2015)

Fee complexity – an example (June 20, 2015 by Tony Horava)

OA APCs: beware introductory pricing ( June20, 2015)

Small scholar-led open access publishing (June 20, 2015)

SCIEDU Press OA APCs (July 3, 2015)

Library support in the transition to open access: membership cancellations (July 7, 2015)

Sustaining the Knowledge Commons – Open Access Scholarship, IDRC 2015 (Septembre 12, 2015 by Jihane Salhab)

Sustaining the Knowledge Commons – Open Access Scholarship, IDRC 2015 (October 22, 2015, by Heather Morrison & Guinsly Mondésir)

Open access article processing charges longitudinal study: 2015 preliminary dataset (November 12, 2015)

Current status of OA APC journals sampled 2010 – 2014 (November 26,2015)

Variation dans les frais de publications de l’article  (December 3, 2015, by Guinsly Mondésir)

Variations in pricing of the article processing charges  (December 3, 2015, by Guinsly Mondésir )

The mythical OA article processing charge (December 3, 2015)

OA APC preliminary data 2015: range, central tendencies and preliminary longitudinal analysis  (December 3, 2015)

Private: Assistants de recherche: févr – avril 2016 (February 02, 2016)

Private: Research assistants February – April 2016 (February 02, 2016)

Editorial: Open access, copyright and licensing: basics for open access publishers (February 09, 2016 by Heather Morrison & Lisa Desautels)

Small scholar-led scholarly journals: can they survive and thrive in an open access future? (published as early view February 2016) (February 19, 2016)

BioMed Central Article Processing Charges (March 23, 2016 by Sara Wheathey

Diminution de l’APC des revues publiées par le Scientific Research Publishing (March 30, 2016, by Myriam Dumais-DesRosier)

Bentham open et les frais de publication d’un article (March 30, 2016, by Widlyne Brutus)

Merci à CRSH / Thanks to SSHRC (April 04, 2016)

March 31 Dramatic Growth of Open Access (April 12, 2016)

Comparison of BioMed Central APCs from 2010-2016 (April 13, 2016, by Sara Wheatley)

Possibilité de financement de doctorat  (April 15, 2016)

Doctoral student funding opportunity (April 15, 2016)

Co-Action Publishing 2016 (April 26, 2016)

Hindawi publisher: 2016 findings and longitudinal comparison of APC rates (April 27,2016, by Jihane Salhab)

De Gruyter maintenant 3e éditeur en importance sur le Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) (April 27, 2016, by Myriam Dumais-DesRosiers & Widlyne Brutus)

SpringerOpen: 2015-2016 APCs Comparison (April 27, 2016, by Sara Wheatley)

De Gruyter Open (english) (April 27, 2016, by Myriam Dumais-DesRosiers & Widlyne Brutus)

Nature Publishing Group 2016 (April 27, 2016, by Sara Wheatley)

Harvard Journal Flipping Project (April 29, 2016)

27 Hindawi titles active in 2015, not found in 2016  (May 03, 2016)

SpringerOpen: about 40% of journals fully sponsored, good clear language examples (May 09, 2016)

Elsevier: now the world’s largest open access publisher (May 13, 2016)

Social media alternatives for scholarship (May 25, 2016)

AOSIS 2015-2016 Comparison (June 1, 2016, by Sara Wheatley)

Frais de publication/APC: un regard sur les revues en français de Walt Crawford dans DOAJ  (June 1, 2016, by Tanoh Laurent Kakou)

Taylor & Francis 2016 (June 15, 2016, by Sara Wheatley)

Society for Scholarly Publishing AGM Presentation 2016 ( June 16, 2016)

Walt Crawford’s Gold Open Access Journals 2011 – 2015 (June 20, 2016)

Copernicus 2015-2016 comparison (July 05, 2016)

MDPI APC / FDP 2011 – 2016 (July 29, 2016, by Tanoh Laurent Kakou & Heather Morrison)

SKC seeking senior international undergrads for 2017 summer interships (English or French) (August 15, 2016)

Inside e-life: what it costs to publish (September 06, 2016)

Medknow 2016: it’s complicated! (October 11, 2016, by Widlyne Brutus & Heather Morrison)

Hikari- favor some disciplines? (October 11, 2016, by Widlyne Brutus)

Libertas Academica: follow-up ( November 1, 2016, by Widlyne Brutus & Victoria Volkanova)

Oxford Open: Increased the Number of Open Access Journal (November 17, 2016, by Widlyne Brutus

Elsevier as an open access publisher (January 13, 2017)

Various APC models: the case of conference proceedings (February 21, by Victoria Volkanava & Heather Morrison)

OA journals study 2016: 65% free-to-publish (February 22)

OA APCs in 2016: average $840 USD, price skew at low end of range (February 22)

What do rankings tell us about higher education? Roundtable at the Peter Wall Centre, Vancouver May 2017 (February 25)

Comparaison DOAJ et MDPI : Titres et APC (March 2, by Arbia Ouerghi)

OA APC longitudinal study: 2016 dataset (March 8)

Hindawi APC: Le site web d’Hindawi versu le répertoire du DOAJ (March 14, by Widlyne Brutus)