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Case studies in oa profit versus mission - simon inger - berlin may 2015 - cc-by sa


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Five anonymised case studies from not-for-profit journals publishers in life sciences and physical sciences, across the world. Looks at the breakdown of APCs into the various elements of cost, per article, and the surplus (if any) returned to the society, also per article. It looks at key factors, such as the extent to which their mission drives their OA program, how bound they are by legacy systems and procedures, and the costs of various outsourced components like delivery, composition and peer review software.

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Case studies in oa profit versus mission - simon inger - berlin may 2015 - cc-by sa

  1. 1. Simon Inger Consulting Case studies in OA – profit versus mission Simon Inger, May 2015
  2. 2. Initial Observations  SIC has undertaken many studies for publishers about Gold OA Journals  Gold OA Publishing is a service, and analyses often end up being a study about cost base  Different subject areas tolerate different levels of APC, and have little correlation to cost  Delayed free access undermines APC worth 9 May, 2015 2
  3. 3. Five Case Studies  APCs as a function of cost  Principles that limit flexibility on costs and define the goal  Change in margin from existing operation  Notes: – APC levels indicated include provision for waivers and member discounts etc., and are accurate to about $50 – For some studies, figures are current steady-state, for others they are projected, future steady-state 9 May, 2015 3
  4. 4. Final Observations and Conclusions  Surplus protection = Cost Management and/or Growth  Societies should be in a good position to leverage researcher / author / conference attendee relationships to stimulate growth  Grant-funded start-ups are not bound by legacy systems and processes, only need to make money in the long run, and don’t have to repay the set-up costs  Some strive for lowest possible price – does the market see that as meaning lower quality? 9 May, 2015 10
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