Roads to Open Access (2019.08.17)
I have also been working as Director of University Libraries since last year. Recently, the library has different functions such as serving an environment for students/researchers/citizens to actively learn by themselves. Among such functions, how to deal with electric journals is one of the big issues.
The university libraries pay “subscription fees” to publishers who provide various journals in packages. We researchers pay “APC” (Article Processing Charge) when we publish papers; the publishers get money from two sides.
I, as a PI, have decided to post our manuscripts first on bioRxiv, a preprint server governed by Cold Spring Harbor Press, and then submit to journals. Below are the two such examples.
Tatehana M et al.: Detailed profiles of histone modification in male germ line cells of the young and aged mice. bioRxiv 2019.
https://www.biorxiv.org/content/10.1101/635961v2. doi: https://doi.org/10.1101/635961
Yoshizaki K, et al.: Paternal age affects offspring's behavior possibly via an epigenetic mechanism recruiting a transcriptional repressor REST. bioRxiv. 2019
https://www.biorxiv.org/content/10.1101/550095v1 doi: https://doi.org/10.1101/550095