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RIN Report on APC Management is Published

RIN Report on APC Management is Published

The report by the Research Information Network (RIN) entitled "The Potential Role for Intermediaries in Managing the Payment of Open Access Article Processing Charges (APCs)" has been published.


Commissioned by the Wellcome Trust and JISC on behalf of the Open Access Implementation Group (OAIG), the 33 pages detail the key challenges and questions facing UK research institutions, publishers, funders and others as they grapple with the issues of APC management in the light of the Finch Report.


While focussed on the UK, the report and the discussion it will generate will be keenly followed by stakeholders around the world.


The report confirms the current burden of administration and cost when managing publication payments and associated tasks. It highlights that current processes are often characterised by the manual and ad hoc involvement of a number of groups or individuals. It describes workflows as "sub-optimal", "less than satisfactory" and "relatively immature". As the requirement to publish with Open Access options increases, such workflows are unlikely to be scalable or cost-effective.


One of the aims of the project was to assess the "preparedness and willingness" of service providers to respond to these issues. While it points out that some providers are more advanced than others, it does not detail offerings currently available.


Simon Thomson, CEO of OAK, welcomed the report and commented; “this again highlights the challenges faced by the publishing and academic community with the growth of the open access business model. An infrastructure is required to support the individuals and organizations involved and we are glad to see that the required functionality maps the services OAK delivers today to users around the world. OAK is determined to play its part in reducing current inefficiencies pointed out in the report and enable researcher and funders to spend their time and money on research and not administration.”


OAK is delivering its services on a global basis to:

· Researchers who are using a free individual OAK account to pay APCs to any publisher in the same simple way each time. And those who want to automatically feed their content to their university or subject area repositories free of charge and free of the administrative burden.

· Research institutions and funders who are centralising the administration of this process for their affiliated authors, thus ensuring compliance with mandates.

· Publishers who are transitioning to OA payment options without the need to overhaul their existing systems, as well as those with more established practices who are looking to streamline their operations.


The RIN report examines a number of possible configurations involving intermediary service providers. And it makes a recommendation to key UK stakeholders to engage in dialogue in order to collectively tackle these issues.


OAK looks forward to continuing to offer value in this space and to participating in the discussion.

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