APC Payments Functional Costs Matrix

Functional costs for APC payments at four Universities (anonymised).


Cite this dataset as:
Jones, K., Holliday, L., 2015. APC Payments Functional Costs Matrix. Bath: University of Bath Research Data Archive. Available from: https://doi.org/10.15125/BATH-00070.


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Kara Jones
University of Bath

Liz Holliday
University of Bath


Kathryn Smith
University of Bristol

Samantha Jones
University of Cardiff

Finlay Jones
University of Exeter

Jill Evans
University of Exeter

Katherine Quinn
University of Cardiff

University of Bath
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Collection date(s):

From 13 October 2014 to 31 January 2015

Temporal coverage:

From 1 November 2014 to 30 November 2014

Geographical coverage:

South West Britain


Data collection method:

Functional cost analyses were carried out for each of the four universities in the GW4 alliance: Bath, Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter. The project FCA was limited to a subset of the ten steps suggested by Yoshikawa, Innes and Mitchell. The area for analysis, team members and objective of the FCA having already been agreed and Lean 6 Sigma chosen as the methodology for identifying process improvements, the project FCA focussed on the gathering of data, definition of functions and the cost analysis. Throughout the process we have regularly communicated with related projects including Jisc Monitor and other OA Pathfinder projects. Initially, information on the activities performed for the payment process were collected through interviews with Research Support or Repository Librarians at each of the collaborating partners.

Data processing and preparation activities:

A flowchart of the process at each institution was then constructed, identifying the process flow and activities at each stage. Re-iterative scrutiny and editing refined the flowcharts until they were agreed to be accurate and complete. The functions within the process were then identified and a functional family tree for the APC payments process developed (Diagram 1). The tree shows the primary function (F0) and four levels of sub-functions; the activities of the APC payment process relate to these functions.


Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC)

Administrative Efficiencies for Open Access Implementation

Publication details

Publication date: 19 March 2015
by: University of Bath

Version: 1

DOI: https://doi.org/10.15125/BATH-00070

URL for this record: https://researchdata.bath.ac.uk/id/eprint/70

Contact information

Please contact the Research Data Service in the first instance for all matters concerning this item.

Contact person: Kara Jones


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