(11 Nov 2022) Open access (OA) and the broad sharing of research outputs has been empirically shown to accelerate scientific progress and benefit society and individuals at scale through improved health outcomes, socioeconomic mobility, and environmental well-being, to name a few. Academic research libraries, for their part, have made significant investments in opening up research and scholarship—particularly research conducted on their campuses and made available through journal subscriptions. Yet these investments are difficult to collect given their distribution across many budget lines, the lack of standardized reporting categories, and inconsistent data collection practices. In May–June 2022 the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) undertook a survey of its US-based academic research libraries to
better understand OA expenses. This report presents the survey results.
The announcement is here.