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The global OpenAPC project - an introduction

Christoph Broschinski





Introduction

OpenAPC: An Open Data project, tasked with the collection, processing and dissemination of data on APC expenditures

  1. What are APCs?
    • APC: Article Processing Charge
    • One-time fee to be paid to a publisher to have an article published Open Access in a scientific journal
    • Can either be mandatory (for fully OA journals) or optional (for hybrid journals)
    • Usually in the 1,000 - 3,000 Euro range (Average value in OpenAPC: 1,938€)
  2. Why are they important?
    • Transition process: Scientific publishing slowly (but steadily) shifting to Open Access.
    • At the same time, payments to publishers are transforming from subscription fees to APC-based models (and to transformative agreements).
  3. What are the benefits of making them accessible as Open Data?
    • Large scale: Monitoring/steering of transition requires solid data on APC payments.
    • Small scale: APC amounts are often negotiable by authors/institutions - information on what others have paid is very helpful!

OpenAPC: Facts and numbers

  1. Overview
    • Established in mid 2014 at Bielefeld University Library
    • First participants: German universities taking part in the Open Access Publishing Programme of the DFG (German Research Society)
    • Officially funded by the DFG from 2015 - 2018 (INTACT) and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research since 2018 (KOA)
  2. Basic principles
    • Maximum of transparency ("Open" not only applies to data, but also to code/workflows/history)
    • High degree of automation (scripts for data enrichment, testing, building)
    • Low entry barriers for new participants (no formal membership etc.)
  3. Current state (as of 12/2019)
    • Metadata collection on 87,916 articles with associated APC costs
    • Contributed by 250 institutions from 16 different countries
    • Total reported APC amount: 171,828,193 €

Data format & processing

Data format & processing

institutionperiodeurodoiis_hybridpublisherjournal_full_titleissnissn_pissn_eissn_llicense_refin_crossrefpmidpmciduturldoaj
Bamberg2013137210.2147...FALSEDove Medical...Journal of...1178-7090NA1178-70901178-7090http://creative...TRUE2378...PMC3...ut:00020...NATRUE
Bamberg201396010.3389...FALSEFrontiers...Frontiers in...1664-1078NA1664-10781664-1078NATRUE2376...PMC3...ut:00033...NATRUE
Bamberg201396010.3389...FALSEFrontiers...Frontiers in...1664-1078NA1664-10781664-1078NATRUE2384...PMC3...ut:00033...NATRUE

Data format & processing

institutionperiodeurodoiis_hybridpublisherjournal_full_titleissnissn_pissn_eissn_llicense_refin_crossrefpmidpmciduturldoaj
Bamberg2013137210.2147...FALSEDove Medical...Journal of...1178-7090NA1178-70901178-7090http://creative...TRUE2378...PMC3...ut:00020...NATRUE
Bamberg201396010.3389...FALSEFrontiers...Frontiers in...1664-1078NA1664-10781664-1078NATRUE2376...PMC3...ut:00033...NATRUE
Bamberg201396010.3389...FALSEFrontiers...Frontiers in...1664-1078NA1664-10781664-1078NATRUE2384...PMC3...ut:00033...NATRUE

Reported by institution

Data format & processing

institutionperiodeurodoiis_hybridpublisherjournal_full_titleissnissn_pissn_eissn_llicense_refin_crossrefpmidpmciduturldoaj
Bamberg2013137210.2147...FALSEDove Medical...Journal of...1178-7090NA1178-70901178-7090http://creative...TRUE2378...PMC3...ut:00020...NATRUE
Bamberg201396010.3389...FALSEFrontiers...Frontiers in...1664-1078NA1664-10781664-1078NATRUE2376...PMC3...ut:00033...NATRUE
Bamberg201396010.3389...FALSEFrontiers...Frontiers in...1664-1078NA1664-10781664-1078NATRUE2384...PMC3...ut:00033...NATRUE

Reported by institution

Crossref

Data format & processing

institutionperiodeurodoiis_hybridpublisherjournal_full_titleissnissn_pissn_eissn_llicense_refin_crossrefpmidpmciduturldoaj
Bamberg2013137210.2147...FALSEDove Medical...Journal of...1178-7090NA1178-70901178-7090http://creative...TRUE2378...PMC3...ut:00020...NATRUE
Bamberg201396010.3389...FALSEFrontiers...Frontiers in...1664-1078NA1664-10781664-1078NATRUE2376...PMC3...ut:00033...NATRUE
Bamberg201396010.3389...FALSEFrontiers...Frontiers in...1664-1078NA1664-10781664-1078NATRUE2384...PMC3...ut:00033...NATRUE

Reported by institution

Crossref

Europe Pubmed Central

Data format & processing

institutionperiodeurodoiis_hybridpublisherjournal_full_titleissnissn_pissn_eissn_llicense_refin_crossrefpmidpmciduturldoaj
Bamberg2013137210.2147...FALSEDove Medical...Journal of...1178-7090NA1178-70901178-7090http://creative...TRUE2378...PMC3...ut:00020...NATRUE
Bamberg201396010.3389...FALSEFrontiers...Frontiers in...1664-1078NA1664-10781664-1078NATRUE2376...PMC3...ut:00033...NATRUE
Bamberg201396010.3389...FALSEFrontiers...Frontiers in...1664-1078NA1664-10781664-1078NATRUE2384...PMC3...ut:00033...NATRUE

Reported by institution

Crossref

Europe Pubmed Central

ISSN Organisation

Data format & processing

institutionperiodeurodoiis_hybridpublisherjournal_full_titleissnissn_pissn_eissn_llicense_refin_crossrefpmidpmciduturldoaj
Bamberg2013137210.2147...FALSEDove Medical...Journal of...1178-7090NA1178-70901178-7090http://creative...TRUE2378...PMC3...ut:00020...NATRUE
Bamberg201396010.3389...FALSEFrontiers...Frontiers in...1664-1078NA1664-10781664-1078NATRUE2376...PMC3...ut:00033...NATRUE
Bamberg201396010.3389...FALSEFrontiers...Frontiers in...1664-1078NA1664-10781664-1078NATRUE2384...PMC3...ut:00033...NATRUE

Reported by institution

Crossref

Europe Pubmed Central

ISSN Organisation

Web of Science

Data format & processing

institutionperiodeurodoiis_hybridpublisherjournal_full_titleissnissn_pissn_eissn_llicense_refin_crossrefpmidpmciduturldoaj
Bamberg2013137210.2147...FALSEDove Medical...Journal of...1178-7090NA1178-70901178-7090http://creative...TRUE2378...PMC3...ut:00020...NATRUE
Bamberg201396010.3389...FALSEFrontiers...Frontiers in...1664-1078NA1664-10781664-1078NATRUE2376...PMC3...ut:00033...NATRUE
Bamberg201396010.3389...FALSEFrontiers...Frontiers in...1664-1078NA1664-10781664-1078NATRUE2384...PMC3...ut:00033...NATRUE

Reported by institution

Crossref

Europe Pubmed Central

ISSN Organisation

Web of Science

DOAJ

Advantages:

OpenAPC infrastructure

How do participants provide OpenAPC with their data?

Benefits for participants

Automated Testing

The whole OpenAPC data set is automatically tested for errors whenever new articles are integrated, including:

Serious errors (like DOI duplicates with other institutions) are reported back to our participants.

Data reports

Transformative Agreements

OpenAPC also aggregates data on articles published under transformative agreements.

These records are kept in their own data collection, the Transformative Agreements file.

Summary

Thanks for you attention!

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