‘APCs in the Wild’ – Exploring funding streams for an accelerated transition to open access

Sponsored by Springer Nature
Recorded on 05/05/2020

Posted in Open Access and Open Educational Resources


Accelerating the transition to OA will involve bringing together multiple funding streams, as well as tackling complex questions regarding the redistribution of existing funds. Developments in OA business models and infrastructure are improving funders’ and institutions’ ability to monitor article OA status and spending. This step is crucial to informed decision-making about funding for Gold OA, in particular with regard to agreements with publishers. However, there are still many APCs ‘in the wild’, in other words, payments that are harder to monitor and that institutions and funders may be unaware of. This webinar explores the scale of ‘wild’ funding streams that remain for the most part unmonitored but which could be harnessed to accelerate a transition to OA.

Join Springer Nature on Tuesday, May 5th, for a 1-hour webinar to hear the results of recent interviews with 16 institutions which showed their ability to track article processing charges (APCs) varies widely. Springer Nature also surveyed more than 1,000 Springer Nature authors and found that over a quarter of authors surveyed used only ‘wild’ funding sources for their APCs, in other words, sources that are more difficult for an institution or funder to monitor and track. This webinar includes a lively Q&A discussion surrounding the findings published in the recent whitepaper, “APCs in the Wild.”


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    Jessica Monaghan

    Head of Policy and PerformanceOpen Access, Open Research Strategy Springer Nature