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Open Access: Cost of OA

Unitec policies

Unitec is currently developing an OA framework and policies. Contact the Unitec Library Director for more information.

The cost of OA

OA literature is not free to produce, even if it is less expensive to produce than conventionally published literature. The question is not whether scholarly literature can be made costless, but whether there are better ways to pay the bills than by charging readers and creating access barriers. Business models for paying the bills depend on how OA is delivered.

Business models for OA Journals include:

  • Advertising
  • Auction
  • Crowdfunding
  • E-commerce
  • Endowments
  • Fund-raising
  • Hybrid OA journals
  • Institutional subsidies
  • Membership dues
  • Priced editions
  • Publication fees to be paid by the author or the author's sponsor (employer, funding agency)
  • Royalties
  • Temporary OA
  • Value-added services
  • Volunteer effort