I wanted to share this announcement from Ivy Anderson at the California Digital Library about the availability of the final “Pay It Forward” study on sustainable models of processing-charge based open access. There was a presentation of interim results at the December 2015 CNI Membership meeting on this work; materials from this can be found at:
We’re pleased to announce the availability of the final report of the Pay It Forward project, a joint research effort of the University of California at Davis and the California Digital Library to investigate a sustainable model of open access article processing charges for large North American research institutions. The report and related materials can be found at: http://icis.ucdavis.edu/?page_id=713.
We would like to thank our university research partners on the grant (Harvard University, Ohio State University, and the University of British Columbia, along with the nine remaining University of California campuses), as well as our industry partner organizations (Thomson-Reuters, Elsevier, and the Association of Professional and Learned Society Publishers), for their invaluable contributions to this effort. The CDL/UC Davis project team is solely responsible for the findings and conclusions in the report. We hope our work will make an authentic contribution to future developments in scholarly communication and look forward to a continuing robust discussion of these issues.
We especially thank the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for its generous support of this project.