How to Calculate OA APC Spend for Your University

Wednesday, 3/4/2020
  • 2:00 PM-3:00 PM (Eastern)
  • 1:00 PM-2:00 PM (Central)
  • 12:00 PM-1:00 PM (Mountain)
  • 11:00 AM-12:00 PM (Pacific)

Universities are hungry to know how much they spend on Open Access fees. This data is important to planning transformative and read and publish agreements, forming library strategy, and understanding scholarly communication on your campus. Unfortunately, it hasn’t been easy to calculate how much your university is spending on Open Access. 

Learn how recent developments in data sources and tools have made this easier during this webinar. We will discuss the underlying concepts behind calculating OA article-processing fee (APC) spend, and provide you with paths to calculate the Open Access fees paid by your institution.

Learning Outcomes

This webinar will give an overview on how to estimate the amount of money spent across a university on Open Access fees. It will discuss underlying concepts behind calculating OA article-processing fee (APC) spend and give an overview of useful data sources.

Who Should Attend

Librarians and research officers looking to understand how much money their university is spending on open access article processing fees (APCs). 


Dr. Heather Piwowar is a co-founder of Our Research, the nonprofit behind Unpaywall. Unpaywall powers the Open Access links in major discovery systems (Scopus, Web of Science) and the free browser extension used by more than 250,000 people worldwide. Heather got her bachelors and masters at MIT, worked as a computer programmer for 10 years, went back to school for her Ph.D, and has been an advocate for open science ever since.







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