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:
Sociological Science, a joint initiative of several American universities including Cornell, Harvard, Stanford and Yale, is a successful example of peer reviewed, open access journal in the social sciences.
LingOA (Linguistics in Open Access), is a recent development worth mentioning as an example from the Humanities: the initiative 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).
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.