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SPARC Reviews Income Models for Open Access Publishing

SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition; examines the issue of sustainability for current and prospective open access publishers in a new guide, "Income Models for Open Access: An Overview of Current Practice," by Raym Crow. The guide reviews the use of supply-side revenue streams (such as article processing fees and advertising) and demand-side models (including versioning and use-triggered fees). It provides an overview of income models currently in use to support open access journals, including a description of each model along with examples of the journals currently employing it.

As a supporter of publishing models and policy initiatives that broaden access to the peer-reviewed results of research, SPARC recognizes the financial implications for society and other nonprofit publishers. The new SPARC guide aims to support the development of sound open access publishing business models by providing an overview of current practice as well as practical guidance for publishers in evaluating the viability and financial potential of selected income models.

The guide recognizes that the needs of individual journals differ and that the right model must take into account not only the publisher's need to cover expenses but also the organization's mission objectives, size, business management resources, and other factors. Heather Joseph, executive director of SPARC, hoped that "this guide will be a critical tool both for publishers exploring new potential sources of income and for libraries weighing where to direct meager library funds."

The guide is available free, supplemented by an extensive web resource, at

Source: Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition

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