Answered By: Vika Zafrin
Last Updated: May 12, 2015     Views: 2

The policy will increase the exposure of new knowledge we produce, and therefore its impact. There is evidence of significant citation advantage to openly accessible materials. In addition, placing the responsibility for access increasingly with academic libraries rather than with publishers increases the chances of longer-term consistent access, and decouples long-term access from initial production and marketing costs.


The policy will also give BU a means of negotiating for more attractive terms with publishers. This is significant in an environment where the three largest publishers control over 40% of the market and library expenditures for journals over the past 30 years have increased at roughly four times the rate that Consumer Price Index did in the same time period.

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