The UC Davis University Library and the California Digital Library are leading a new project to help define the future of open access to scholarship. The Davis Enterprise brought this information to us in their article, “UCD gets grant to look at open access to published research.”

“Pay It Forward: Investigating a Sustainable Model of Open Access Article Processing Charges for Large North American Research Institutions” is a year-long effort to study the implications of new funding models for scholarly communications and determine their sustainability for research universities in the United States and Canada.

The project partnership includes three major research libraries — Harvard University, Ohio State University, and the University of British Columbia — as well as the ten University of California campuses. Together they will create a detailed, flexible, and publicly available financial model to help university administrators and librarians develop open access policies and strategies. Research libraries are especially excited by the prospect of free open access to scholarly journals.

Melody K. Smith

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