COAR (Confederation of Open Access Repositories) and the UNESCO recently release a joint statement warning against the dangers of a too systematic implementation of APC (Article processing charges) for publications in Open Access.
They wanted to address a certain number of issues, such as :
The statements also point the implication and complementarity of open archives and repositories with the Open access publication model, without APC.
“ There are numerous high quality and economically viable journals that do not rely on APCs. Additionally, while journals play an important role, repositories have been established around the world and they represent the primary mechanisms for implementing open access in the vast majority of countries. Individual repositories are linked via national and regional discovery services like OpenAIRE and LA Referencia, and regional services are entering into agreements about data exchange that will ensure truly international and cost-effective coverage of publication output, and support the development of innovative, value added services on top of the global network.”