The data indicates that this reflects increases in journal prices rather than changes in which journals uO authors publish in. For example:
Globalization and Health (a BMC journal)
- 2010-11: uO paid an APC of $1,300 US. Assuming this reflects a BMC membership rate in effect at this time (15% discount, that's still less than $1,500 US.
- 2011-12: uO paid APCs at 2 different rates: $1,425 US and $1,715 US
- 2012-13: uO paid APCSs at $1,670 and $1,715 US
- The BMC rate listed on BMC's own website as of Feb. 27, 2014 is $2,155 US from: http://www.globalizationandhealth.com/manuscript
Currency variations UK pound sterling to USD, based on Bank of Canada daily and 10-year currency converter.
- UK pound sterling to USD conversion rate:
- Jan. 2011: 1.5586
- Jan. 2012: 1.5654 (.0043 increase over 2011)
- Jan. 2013: 1.6254 (.0383 increase over 2012)
- as of Feb. 27, 2014: 1.6691 (.02688 increase over 2013)
- Total increase in value of UK pound sterling in comparison with US dollar 2014 / 2011: 7%
Thanks to Jeanette Hatherill and the University of Ottawa Library for posting the Open Access publication rates in the uO institutional repository. This dataset contains the amounts paid for through the library's author's fund for open access article processing charges from 2010 - 2013. Watch for further calculations and release of my calculations spreadsheet as part of the open access article processing charges series.
This post also illustrates the value of open data. By posting this data for open access in the University of Ottawa's institutional repository, uO is making it possible for me to conduct research like this that could be useful to uO's own decision-making processes in future. Let's hope this post inspires others to follow uO's lead and share their data, too.
This post is part of the Open access article processing charges research series.
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