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The Open & Sustainable Scholarly Communication Advisory Committee (OSSC) is establishing a formal set of principles that outline the University’s commitment to open education. These principles will guide our negotiations with any publisher or vendor. To that end, we are:
In spring 2019 OSU Provost Ed Feser asked the University Librarian Faye A. Chadwell and Susan Capalbo, Senior Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs, to establish a committee to engage the OSU community in discussions regarding sustainable access to scholarly communication.
The committee was established in consultation with the Faculty Senate Library Committee (FSLC) Chair at the end of 2019 and began meetings in early Spring 2020.
The OSSC Library Committee members include:
The OSSC Faculty Advisory Committee members include:
Journal and database subscriptions account for an overwhelming majority of the OSU Libraries collections budget. Subscription costs continue to rise at an unsustainable rate, affecting the Libraries’ ability to acquire new resources needed to support teaching, research, and learning.
In addition to these unsustainable subscription costs, since 2015 OSU authors (or their co-authors at other institutions) have paid approximately $1 million to the same publishers so that their research is open access and available to researchers, students, instructors, and practitioners around the world. OSU Libraries could direct this money to other projects, such as expanding the archives, supporting open access initiatives, or purchasing other subscription materials.
Publisher data from SPARC analysis:
Subscription costs as a whole are unsustainable. Moreover, OSU increasingly pays the same publishers twice to subscribe to journals and enable open access for our own research. We need to create a strong, united message that Oregon State University is dedicated to open scholarly communication and expects to only pay once.
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