Presentation Title

Open Access Publishing Fund at TAMU-CC

Start Date

October 2019

End Date

October 2019

Description

At Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, the Bell Library teamed up with the Division of Research and Innovation to seek support for an Open Access Publishing Fund. With the support of the Office of the Provost, the potential Open Access Fund had a verbal commitment of $15,000 for the academic year 2019/2020. Although a relatively small fund, considering article processing charges can be upwards of $3,000 per article, the Dean of the Library expressed the hope that if funds deplete quickly, it will indicate a need for more funds allocated for OA costs.

The library moved forward with deciding on policies for what authors and what works are eligible for OA funding. Questions considered were such as: Should graduate students be eligible for receiving funding? Should articles receive funding if they are published in “hybrid” journals? As a public institution, do we consider the state taxpayers as our constituents for whom works should be made Open? The library aimed to balance the university’s goal of strengthening its R2 Carnegie classification status, while working towards equity for the campus and the surrounding community.

The goals of the Open Access Publication Fund Goals are as follows: 1) Increase access to research and scholarship produced by researchers at TAMU-CC; 2) Support and encourage innovative models of scholarly publishing that take advantage of digital and networking technologies; 3) Help cover costs for TAMU-CC faculty and researchers publishing materials to Open Access venues. The library decided to require works that received funding to be added to the university’s repository. While the university does not have an open access policy, the institutional repository has existed for some time and has had difficulties engaging faculty with this OA repository. Another goal of the Open Access Fund is to increase participation and awareness of the TAMU-CC Repository.

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Open Access Publishing Fund at TAMU-CC

At Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, the Bell Library teamed up with the Division of Research and Innovation to seek support for an Open Access Publishing Fund. With the support of the Office of the Provost, the potential Open Access Fund had a verbal commitment of $15,000 for the academic year 2019/2020. Although a relatively small fund, considering article processing charges can be upwards of $3,000 per article, the Dean of the Library expressed the hope that if funds deplete quickly, it will indicate a need for more funds allocated for OA costs.

The library moved forward with deciding on policies for what authors and what works are eligible for OA funding. Questions considered were such as: Should graduate students be eligible for receiving funding? Should articles receive funding if they are published in “hybrid” journals? As a public institution, do we consider the state taxpayers as our constituents for whom works should be made Open? The library aimed to balance the university’s goal of strengthening its R2 Carnegie classification status, while working towards equity for the campus and the surrounding community.

The goals of the Open Access Publication Fund Goals are as follows: 1) Increase access to research and scholarship produced by researchers at TAMU-CC; 2) Support and encourage innovative models of scholarly publishing that take advantage of digital and networking technologies; 3) Help cover costs for TAMU-CC faculty and researchers publishing materials to Open Access venues. The library decided to require works that received funding to be added to the university’s repository. While the university does not have an open access policy, the institutional repository has existed for some time and has had difficulties engaging faculty with this OA repository. Another goal of the Open Access Fund is to increase participation and awareness of the TAMU-CC Repository.