Doctoral Candidate, Stanford University Graduate School of Education Researcher, OA Cooperative
The open access movement, which seeks to provide widespread public access to peer-reviewed research and scholarship, has won in recent years the support of governments and funders, as well as many scholarly publishers and scholarly societies. Research is being recognized as a public good that can now be shared globally for the benefit of all. What has yet to be fully worked out are viable financial models for transitioning from subscription to open access models for this literature. Journal subscription revenues in excess of 10 billion dollars annually worldwide suggest that there is more than enough money being spent on scholarly publishing to fund open access. This presentation outlines a study funded by the MacArthur Foundation to examine whether cooperatives can offer economically responsible and sustainable open access to rigorously reviewed and professionally published research. The Public Knowledge Project, working in collaboration with the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) and other organizations, will assess the feasibility, as well as the structure, organization, and governance of such co-ops.