The final report from the University of California, Davis and the California Digital Library’s ambitious “Pay It Forward” study of viable models for a “flip” from the subscription model to full open access (OA) for journal publishing has been released. At acost of $800,000, the study essentially confirms what we already knew from both previous studies and common sense: moving to Gold OA means increased costs for productive research institutions.
I am a librarian at University of California Irvine. My title is Research Librarian for Chemistry, Earth System Science and Russian Studies and Scholarly Communications Coordinator. My education background includes a B.S. Physics (Carnegie-Mellon, 1988) and M.L.I.S. (University of Texas, Austin, 1994). I have worked at LSU-Baton Rouge and Princeton University prior to UC Irvine.