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Monday, October 19, 2009

2 million more for Wellcome Trust author fund

Wellcome Trust calls for greater transparency from journals on open access publishing costs, press release, October 19, 2009.

As Open Access Week 2009 gets underway, the Wellcome Trust has called for greater transparency among publishers to counter the argument that access fees are being paid twice - once through subscriptions and again through publication fees.

The call comes as the Trust announces a further 2 million to fund open access publication fees for its researchers over the next 12 months. The funds are part of the ongoing commitment to ensuring that the results of all Trust-funded research are made freely available online. ...

In recent months, however, concern has been expressed by the research community that publishers are using open access fees as an additional revenue stream without making a concerted effort to adapt their business models. In other words, access fees are being paid twice, through subscriptions and through publication fees.

"We would like to see a commitment from publishers to show the uptake of their open access option and to adjust their subscription rates to reflect increases in income from open access fees," says Sir Mark [Walport, Director of the Wellcome Trust]. "Some publishers, for example Oxford University Press, have already done this and we would like to see all publishers behave the same way." ...