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New study examines the economic returns of public access policies
Date:8/4/2010

at the benefits of public access might total between three and 16 times the cost of the public's investment.

The study closely examines the model's sensitivity to critical assumptions and concludes that the benefits of public access would exceed the costs over a wide range of values. As the study's authors note, "[I]t is difficult to imagine any plausible values for the input data and model parameters that would lead to a fundamentally different answer."

"It's important that discussions about the risks and benefits of public access to government-funded research focus on empirical evidence and rational argument," added Raym Crow, SPARC Senior Consultant. "The model Houghton and his colleagues have developed facilitates such a logical approach and provides a framework for assessing objectively the economic effect of various scenarios."

The report's findings are based on available evidence. To enable others to explore the modeling, an online model is available from http://www.cfses.com/FRPAA. The full study, "The Economic and Social Returns on Investment in Open Archiving Publicly Funded Research Outputs," is available on the SPARC Web site at http://www.arl.org/sparc.


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Contact: Jennifer McLennan
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SPARC
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