The burden of article processing charges on Canadian universities

Abstract

The question about the cost of access to scholarly resources is usually answered by focusing on subscription cost. This study highlights the article processing charges (APCs) paid by Canada’s research institution as an additional scholarly resource. Unpaywall database was queried with the DOIs of CARL member universities’ publication indexed in the Web of Science. We find that while Open Access should in principle reduce the cost of access to scholarly literature, we are rather in a situation where both the cost of access and the cost of publishing are increasing simultaneously.

Publication
Proceedings of the Annual Conference of CAIS / Actes du congrès annuel de lACSI
Marc-André Simard
Marc-André Simard
PhD Student, Université de Montréal

Marc-André is a Ph.D. student in Information science at the École de bibliothéconomie et des sciences de l’information, Université de Montréal. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy (Université Laval) and a Master’s degree in Information Science (Université de Montréal). His research focuses on bibliometrics, open access, and science policy.

Philippe Mongeon
Philippe Mongeon
Assistant Professor, School of Information Management, Dalhousie University

I am an assistant professor at the School of Information Management at Dalhousie University, director of the Quantitative Science Studies Lab, and associate member of the Centre interuniversitaire de recherche sur la science et la technologie (CIRST).