Most European universities failing to monitor open access costs | Times Higher Education (THE)
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"Less than a third of European universities are monitoring how much they spend on open access publishing, a new survey has found.
The costs of article processing charges fees paid to publish in open access journals have come under scrutiny as universities switch away from subscribing to closed publications.
But just 31 per cent of universities surveyed by the European University Association said that they were keeping track of costs. Sixty-one per cent said that they were not, while the rest did not know....
In the UK, a report from 2017 found that the average APC had risen by 16 per cent in three years, well above inflation. As open access takes off, the amount that a sample of British universities were spending on APCs had increased more than fourfold, it discovered....
Only 43 per cent of institutions were actually monitoring how many research papers end up in open access journals...."