the number of articles approved, the number of authors who have used the
fund, the number of unique journals in which these articles have been
published, and so forth. These data, which SPARC intends to update regularly,
are available online as a chart of “Open-Access Funds in Action.”5 This chart also
contains a wealth of information about the policies and procedures associated
with each institution’s fund implementation. Qualitatively, representatives from
each of these institutions generously provided insights into their experiences
and the lessons they have learned to date. This input informs many of the
resources found on the SPARC open-access fund site, including the questions
that key actors (administrators, authors, and publishers) typically raise about
open-access funds. For a complete list of frequently asked questions, please visit
the SPARC Web site.6
Open-access funds are a topic of much discussion within the scholarly
communication community. The time is right for analysis and investigation of the
use of these funds as a potentially valuable tool in expanding access to
information. This suite of resources developed by SPARC will facilitate that effort.
For more on the Compact for Open-Access Publishing Equity, see http://www.oacompact.org/.
For more information, see the SPARC Web site http://www.arl.org/sparc/advocacy/campus/.
Resources about open-access funds are available at
“Campus-Based Open-Access Publishing Funds: A Practical Guide to Design and
“Open-Access Funds in Action,” http://www.arl.org/sparc/bm~doc/fundsinaction.pdf.
Frequently asked questions about open-access funds,
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