Mellon Foundation. Pay it forward. Investigating a sustainable model of open access article processing charges for large North American research institutions. 185p.
A major study conducted by the University of California, Davis, and the California Digital Library, the Pay-It-Forward project, addressed the financial ramifications for the types of research institutions whose affiliated scholars generate a preponderance of the scholarly literature. It investigated the financial sustainability of the OA gold model, in which journal publishers charge authors an article processing charge (APC) to generate revenue instead of subscriptions. The project has collected data on journal budgets and expenditures, publishing costs and APCs, attitudes about Gold OA of publishers and authors at various career stages, and authorship patterns at our institutions.