[16 July 2015] Open access provides researchers and the general public with free access to peer-reviewed research and scholarship. The Project website states: "Up to now, open access has been largely an economic addition to the traditional subscription model among research libraries. What has yet to be fully worked out is a viable financial model for libraries to transition from subscription access to open access, and in particular a model that will apply equally well across the disciplines and their organizing bodies." The study will investigate and pilot models of cooperation between libraries, journals, learned societies, and publishers..
Specifically, "over the next two years (2015 - 2017), the Open Access Publishing Cooperative Study aims to:
- Gather financial data from journals and libraries to establish current investment levels in professional quality publishing;
- Consult with stakeholders – research libraries, scholarly journals, scholarly societies, presses, funding agencies, and others – about perceived gains and risks of a co-op approach to open access funding, governance, and structure; and
- Develop and assess open source co-op publishing infrastructures for running pilot studies to evaluate impact on scholarly and public quality of this approach to open access publishing."
Full details can be found in the Project website.