Queen’s University Belfast Submits APC expenditure for 2016

The Library’s Open Access Team has submitted, on behalf of the University, an Article Processing Charges (APCs) expenditure report to Jisc Collections for 2016.

For the past three years Jisc Collections have been working with higher education institutions to collect and openly release article-level data on their APC expenditure.

In 2016 Queen’s University Belfast had a total APC spend of £223,636.14 which enabled 162 articles by Queen’s authors to be made open access via the gold route.

This is a significant increase in both APC spend and the number of articles made open access in comparison to 2015.

Other points of interest:

  • The average cost of an APC has increased by £258 in comparison to 2015.
  • 62% of APCs were paid to hybrid journals. This represents a considerable increase in the popularity of hybrid journals in comparison to 2015, when only 44% of APCs were paid to hybrids.
  • The top three most expensive publishers were:
  1. Society of Exploration Geophysicists – average APC paid = £5531.
  2. American Chemical Society – average APC paid = £4017.
  3. Optical Society of America – average APC paid = £2821.

The full report can be viewed on Queen’s Research Portal.

If you would like to know if your paper is eligible for Gold Open Access, check out our LibGuide or email openaccess@qub.ac.uk.

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