[open-science] Open Access at the Wellcome Trust, Article Processing Charges

Michelle Brook michelle.brook at okfn.org
Mon Mar 24 14:44:59 UTC 2014

Hey all,

There has been a really interesting discussion and series of actions taking
place on the Open Access mailing
list<https://lists.okfn.org/mailman/listinfo/open-access> around
some data released by the Wellcome Trust regarding Article Processing
Charges they've paid over in the last financial year to have articles
published in a 'free to view' manner. (Their rules now mandate free to use,
or CC-BY licensing - but this came in after the start of the financial
period for which we have data.)

With an awesome crowd-sourced effort started by Theo Andrew at Edinburgh,
including Cameron Neylon, people from Cottage Labs, Stuart Lawson (and many
others - I'm pulling together a list now), we've tided up much of the data
and started analysing it.

I've done a quick summary
some of the data regarding hybrid and pure open access (summary - over
£3 million paid to hybrid journals, and £700k to pure open access journals.
£1.5 million in total to Elsevier and Wiley-Blackwell). I also raised some
questions about oddities in Wiley-Blackwell CC-BY licensing
- the articles I've so far seen have all said '*Re-use of this article is
permitted in accordance with the Creative Commons Deed, Attribution 2.5,
which does not permit commercial exploitation'*

I thought it may be of interest to many people on this list.

Continued work is taking place on the data set (found
- with a number of ideas currently bouncing around. Do get in touch either
with me, or the open access mailing list if you have any bright ideas :-)



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