30 Survey Results: Survey Questions and Responses
There is no hard annual limit, but due to limited funds, the library has discretion to approve only one
award per author per year from the fund.
We have been considering limiting the funding in additional ways. For now, though, we only limit by
the per-article cap.
APC POLICIES: JOURNAL CRITERIA
29. Does your institution fund APCs in hybrid journals? N=32
Yes 5 16%
No 27 84%
Please briefly explain why your institution has made this decision. N=26
Answered Yes N=4
But only at half the rate allowed for gold OA journals.
If a journal was hybrid or delayed access, then the approved amount went down.
The question did not come up, but we did not want to exclude any form of journal from the outset, but
rather to make considerations on a case-by-case basis.
We want to provide as much support as possible to authors publishing in OA journals.
Answered No N=22
Double-dipping; low amount of money in fund each year ($15,000)
Hybrid journals were covered by the Open Access Author’s Fund for several years in cases when the
publisher indicated they were reducing subscription costs in response to the take up of their hybrid
open access programs. It was decided that there was not sufficient evidence that publishers were
actually making these reductions, so the decision was made in 2014 not to continue funding APCs in
hybrid journals.
If the Libraries has a paid subscription to a journal we would be paying twice if we paid to make a
single article OA. Although for FY16 and FY17, as part of a special promotion to attract more authors
from the humanities, we will pay hybrid journal APCs for authors affiliated with the College of Arts &
Humanities. So far, we have had no applications for hybrid journals from this group.
In most cases the university already pays for subscriptions to the journals so reimbursing authors to
publish in hybrid journals would effectively be paying them twice.
In the beginning we funded OA costs for hybrid journals, but as the fund became more popular, we
eliminated that option.
It is a form of double dipping by publishers.
Limited funding, so we have to make choices. We choose not to support the hybrid journal economic
model. Also, those OA fees are more expensive, on average and in the specific requests we’ve seen.
Our VP for Research provides funding for hybrid and delayed-access journals.
See other comments on the lack of set criteria. There was an inclination not to fund hybrid journal
APCs, but there was no formal statement forbidding it.
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