My institution has several publisher agreements that allow me to publish open access without cost (to me). What happens when I make use of such an agreement? Will my university incur direct costs (money that could be better spent elsewhere)? Will I take up a slot that could otherwise be used for other (more important) research?

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    This would depend entirely on the agreement your institution has signed with the publisher. Maybe you could ask your librarian?
    – Bryan Krause
    Commented Aug 21, 2023 at 21:38
  • I think there are some standard agreements that a large number of UK institutions have signed (e.g. beta.elsevier.com/open-access/agreements/jisc?trial=true). Would be interesting to learn about those.
    – mritz_p
    Commented Aug 21, 2023 at 21:39
  • If you're asking about specific agreements, it would probably be helpful to mention them and provide references/links for context for others (in the question body of your post).
    – Bryan Krause
    Commented Aug 21, 2023 at 21:41
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    @mritz_p Who are you to judge the importance of your research compared to anyone elses? Just publish your things and be happy about your publication! Don't think everone else is doing "better" research. In the EU, there is lots of funding that goes into open acces publishing and I am pretty sure there are also local government subsidies. I never heard of such a fund running out.
    – Sursula
    Commented Aug 22, 2023 at 6:47
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    @Sursula The question was not what the questioner should do; and I think it is well of interest regardless of what consequences the questioner draws from the answers. And (see above) in my university slots can run out. Commented Aug 22, 2023 at 14:38


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