Investments in Open: Canadian Research Libraries’ Expenditures on Services, Staff, and Infrastructures in Support of Open Scholarship | Kathleen Shearer | Canadian Association of Research Libraries, July, 2020

This report presents a survey of the organizational investments into open scholarship by Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) members, such as spending on open services, platforms, content, and infrastructures, for the fiscal year 2018-2019, in order to shed light on Open Access costs.


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As this report indicates, article processing charges (APCs) represent a relatively small portion of the overall library-level spending on Open Science, as content management, scholarly communication and digital infrastructures account for the absolute majority, amounting to around 75%, of budget spending. In contrast, consortial licenses, institutional memberships and APC payments have been found to represent only about 14% of library spending. Out of 28 libraries surveyed, only 8 were found to be paying APCs, which indicates the importance of broadly based Open Access publishing initiatives, such as Biomed Central, Open Library of Humanities and Knowledge Unlatched.