The League of European Research Universities (LERU) – «an association of 21 leading research-intensive universities that share the values of high-quality teaching within an environment of internationally competitive research» (the UvA has been a member since 2006) – is calling on researchers to take action in support of open access and the larger issue of the (pretty vicious) relationship between universities and scholarly publishers. LERU’s statement (supported by the UvA) is to be found here.
Further on the same topic:
LingOA (Linguistics in Open Access), is a recent initiative that aims at moving «several international linguistics journals from their traditional publisher to a new open access publisher, moving their entire editorial staff, authors, and peer reviewers from the traditional subscription model to Fair Open Access». Narrowly related to the ongoing struggle around open access between publisher Elsevier and the Dutch Association of Universities, the linguists’ move has been widely discussed in educational periodicals (see for example this week’s Inside Higher Ed).
LingOA’s most important partner, next to publisher Ubiquity Press, is the Open Library of Humanities, «a charitable organisation dedicated to publishing open access scholarship with no author-facing article processing charges (APCs) […] funded by an international consortium of libraries who have joined us in our mission to make scholarly publishing fairer, more accessible, and rigorously preserved for the digital future». Harvard and Yale in the United States, the LSE (London School of Economics) and UCL (University College London) in the United Kingdom, and the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen in the Netherlands are among the participating libraries.
As for a scholarly insight into the economics of scholarly publications, you might take a look at Heather Morrison‘s (School of Information Studies, University of Ottawa) publications: Scholarly communication in crisis (summarized and referred to in the same author’s blogpost The enormous profits of STM scholarly publishers), and Economics of scholarly communication in transition.