Under embargo until Monday 30th March 14:00(GMT) - Cogent OA launches Freedom APCs

Cogent OA launches Freedom APCs, an experimental model designed to test affordability in the uptake of Open Access

Cogent OA – an Open Access publisher backed by the Taylor & Francis Group – today announced the launch of Freedom APCs – an experimental new model designed to help match article publishing charges (APCs) to an author’s ability to pay.

Through Cogent OA’s Freedom APC model, authors are requested to explore all avenues for funding the publication of their article, such as their funding agency, institution or company and to select a fee from a range of options based on their circumstances and how much they can afford to pay. The final decision rests with the author.

 “We’re introducing Freedom APCs as a mechanism to test to what degree authors can afford to pay article publishing charges,” said Bryan Vickery – Director of Cogent OA, “we’re keen to learn how much cost is a barrier to the uptake of Open Access,”

Cogent OA will be collecting information on the APC fee level selected by authors and analyzing this based on career stage, subject area and location etc. This information will then be published to generate discussion on Open Access affordability and further inform the development of APC models and fee structures.

“We wanted to go further than an all-or-nothing waiver program,” continued Vickery, “and really evaluate what authors are able or willing to pay. We appreciate that not all researchers are the same. Some are established in their careers and well-funded, others are just starting out, or working in regions of the world with limited financial resources.”

Daniel Keirs – Editorial Director of Cogent OA added “Our ambition is to raise authors’ awareness and take-up of the growing levels of financial support that exist for open access publication around the world, as well as their understanding of institutions’ or funders’ policies towards OA. We also hope that by enabling more authors to see the benefits of open access first hand, there will be increased demand for institutions, funders and government to increase support for OA where it is not currently available.”

The Freedom APC model launches on 30th March and an initial analysis of the results will be made available in 2016. To register to receive a copy of this report when it is published, please e-mail freedomapc@CogentOA.com


For more information please contact:

Zita Balogh, Head of Marketing

About Cogent OA

Cogent OA is an Open Access publisher of scholarly research committed to offering a truly author-centered service. Our aim is to help researchers share their ideas and discoveries as widely and as effectively as possible.

We offer all the traditional services such as thorough peer review and high quality online presentation, but are adding to these new ideas to help ensure our authors' work has maximum global impact.

We are taking an innovative approach to enhance article reach and impact. As part of Taylor & Francis Group – an Informa business – we are building on solid foundations and maintain the traditional values and high standards of an organization with more than 200 years of experience serving the research community.


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