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Support for gold open access publishing strategies at QUT. Martin Borchert Associate Director, Library Services (Information Resources and Research Support) Colleen Cleary Library Resource Services Deputy Manager. CRICOS No. 00213J. Special thanks to:. Stephanie Bradbury

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support for gold open access publishing strategies at qut

Support for gold open access publishing strategies at QUT

Martin Borchert

Associate Director, Library Services (Information Resources and Research Support)

Colleen Cleary

Library Resource Services Deputy Manager

CRICOS No. 00213J

special thanks to
Special thanks to:

Stephanie Bradbury

Research Support Librarian

Paula Callan

eResearch Access Coordinator

Christine Locke

Electronic Resources Assistant

we re going oa
We’re going OA...

OA is about making published scholarly articles (and other outputs) free, immediately, and permanently online in full-text for everyone via the web.

Green road of OA self-archiving is where authors deposit a free version of their published articles in an OA repository

Gold road of OA journal publishing is where authors pay to publish in paid gold OA journals which are then freely available via OA, or by publishing their articles in free gold OA journals.

20% of published articles were available OA in 2009.

Bjork et al in PLOS Currents


It is generally accepted that OA supporters should implement green OA initiatives first and as the primary focus because green OA is the most transformative, and that gold OA initiatives should be implemented afterwards, or “green before gold”. This allows authors the greatest choice of journals in which to publish, and pushes the bulk of research outputs into the OA space (Harnad, 2005).

we re going green
We’re going green...

Over 1,100 institutional OA repositories

Over 25 million records

91% journals and 63% publishers allow self-archiving

Cumulative growth of Green OA policies

Enabling Open Scholarship

and we re going gold
And we’re going gold ...

Free gold OA

Paid gold OA (author / research grant / library pays)

DOAJ lists >6,000 gold OA journals and the list is growing

500,000 full text articles OA

challenges barriers and misunderstandings
Challenges, barriers and misunderstandings
  • Lack of awareness of awareness of OA and gold OA
  • Smaller range of journals across disciplines
  • Misconception that low levels of gold OA publishing reflect low acceptance
  • Confusion over peer review
  • Perceived high cost by researchers
  • Who will pay?
  • Misconception that authors are paying to get published
  • New journals don’t have time to develop high impact factors
  • Support for traditional gated publishing methods
  • Diversity of confusing publisher business models
  • The hybrid double dipper business model
  • Some publishers taking advantage of confusion regarding OA in order to resell free content for profit
  • Misconception that OA is about punishing traditional publishers
governance and strategy
Governance and strategy
  • Information Resources Committee
  • Research Support Committee

F/1.3 QUT ePrints repository for research output

Collection Development Manual

CDM 3.1.5 Open Access


CDM 3.1.5 Open Access

QUT Library actively supports the [paid] gold road by:

  • Managing the subscriptions for, and paying author publication fees for true gold road open access publishers such as:
    • BioMed Central
    • Public Library of Science
    • Hindawi Press
  • Assisting academics with the publishing process

QUT Library will not support or pay author publication fees to commercial publishers that are double or triple dipping by simultaneously marketing their content using multiple business models including traditional subscriptions, gold road open access, and on-selling to aggregators.


QUT Library actively supports the [free] gold road by:

  • Providing a free gold OA journal hosting service using Public Knowledge Project (PKP) Open Journal Systems (OJS)

Example: First Year in Higher Education International Journal

selection of gold oa journals
Selection of gold OA journals
  • Alignment with QUT’s research strengths and priorities
  • QUT researcher feedback and demonstrated demand
  • Publisher reputation and journal quality
  • Publications are peer reviewed
  • Journal impact factor (publisher average)
  • Acceptable and affordable author publication fees
  • The publisher / journal uses a true gold open access business model and not a hybrid “double dipper”
  • Budgetary implications for the Library Resource Allocation (materials budget).

BioMedCentral (BMC)

Public Library of Science (PLoS)


Molecular Diversity Preservation International (MDPI)

International Union of Crystallography



Bentham Open

Maney Open



Open Access Scholarly Publishing Association

X or ?



+ Scholarly publishing seminars

and workshops

development of library staff
Development of library staff

The Library has a research support seminar series for library staff to develop their knowledge and skills.

See paper “Borchert and Callan, (2011), Preparing Library staff for research support roles at QUT”

Support model

Research Support Team x 2 Development

Liaison Librarians x 20 Promotion and support

Library Resource Services Licensing and payment






BMC gold open access journals in which QUT authors published had impact factors of ranging from 1.64 to 4.93 and SJR scores from 0.044 to 0.755.

Hindawi journals had impact factors from 0.73 to 0.88 and SJR scores from 0.036 to 0.121.

PLoS journals in which QUT published had impact factors ranging from 4.351 to 13.050 and SJR scores from 0.690 to 1.180.

PLoS journals are averaging the highest in terms of impact, followed by BMC journals and then Hindawi journals.




QUT has paid US$80,294 to BMC since 2006, making the total average charge per article A$1,824.

QUT has paid US$18,510 to PLoS since, making the total average charge per article about A$2,477.

QUT has paid US$3,000 to Hindawi in 2010, making the average total charge per article in 2010 A$1,606, however, if a third article still in submission is published, the cost will be A$1,070.

These costs seem justifiable when compared to the costs found in the literature.

in summary
In summary

Paid gold OA provides a secondary (to green OA) avenue for making institutional publications available OA

There is growing list of gold OA journals to target

It is important to apply selection processes

Demand may be moderate / the cost my be acceptable

You really should try it!



Please read the paper in full.