Open Access

IOP Publishing and Hungarian consortium sign open access publishing agreement

(8 Jun 2020) Researchers at five Hungarian institutions can now publish their research open access in 57 IOP Publishing (IOPP) journals, thanks to a new publish and read agreement with the Hungarian Electronic Information Service National (EISZ) Consortium. The agreement means corresponding authors affiliated with EISZ consortium member institutions can publish in IOPP journals with no […]

June 10, 2020 - 4:56 pm

CAUL releases final report for roadmap to Plan S

(28 May 2020)  From the executive summary of the report: This report, commissioned by the Council of Australian University Librarians, for delivery to the DVCsR Committee, provides an analysis of the challenges and opportunities arising from Plan S for Australian researchers and universities, including high-level recommendations on how Australian universities should proceed in order to […]

June 8, 2020 - 2:33 pm

EDP Sciences and the National Science Library, Chinese Academy of Sciences conclude agreement on article processing charges

(4 Jun 2020)  EDP Sciences and the National Science Library, Chinese Academy of Sciences (NSLC) are pleased to announce the successful conclusion of an agreement on article processing charges (APCs) which enables all corresponding authors affiliated with eligible Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) academic institutes to publish open access, at a discounted rate, in a […]

June 8, 2020 - 8:48 am

Oxford University Press and National Science Library, Chinese Academy of Sciences agree first Read & Publish deal in China

(2 Jun 2020) Oxford University Press (OUP) and the National Science Library, Chinese Academy of Sciences (NSLC) are pleased to announce a landmark new Read & Publish agreement, the first of its kind in Mainland China. Covering 26 of the institutions of CAS, the three-year deal is the first of its kind in China. It provides […]

June 3, 2020 - 9:24 am

Open-access science funders announce price transparency rules for publishers

(18 May 2020) Science journals will have to disclose the costs of publishing articles in order for them to be paid for by a coalition of research funders pushing for open access. The price transparency rules, which will take effect in July 2022, were announced today by cOAlition S, a group of 22 international organizations, European […]

May 19, 2020 - 4:51 pm

Journal ‘Nature’ to join open-access Plan S

Springer Nature says it commits to offering researchers a route to publishing open access in Nature and most Nature-branded journals from 2021 (9 Apr 2020) After a change in the rules of the bold open-access (OA) initiative known as Plan S, publisher Springer Nature said on 8 April that many of its non-OA journals — including Nature — were […]

April 13, 2020 - 3:58 pm

A better understanding of APC funding sources could accelerate the transition to open access

New white paper analyses data from Springer Nature authors and interviews with institutions to better understand the fragmented and varied funding currently available for article processing charges (APCs) (6 Apr 2020)  A new report published by Springer Nature indicates that a better understanding of the sources of funding for article processing charges (APCs) could accelerate […]

April 9, 2020 - 9:12 am

cOAlition S publishes updated criteria for Transformative Journals

(8 Apr 2020) cOAlition S endorses several strategies to encourage subscription publishers to transition to full and immediate Open Access (OA), with a business model where fees are levied for providing publishing services rather than subscription fees for reading. Under this model all published research articles can be freely accessed, read and built upon. Referred […]

April 9, 2020 - 9:08 am

Whitepaper: boosting open access publications with content marketing

(13 Mar 2020)  Open access (OA) is meant to bring us closer to open science. So, what is hindering progress? The truth is, accessing the literature is only half of the story. The other half is the obstacle created by the use of specialised language in the scientific literature. An inability to understand the meaning […]

March 13, 2020 - 1:26 pm

Measuring the success of transformative agreements

(12 Mar 2020)  Rick Anderson, Associate Dean for Collections and Scholarly Communication in the J. Willard Marriott Library at the University of Utah, seeks to measure the “success” of experience existing transformative agreements. Scholarly Kitchen has the full story here.  

March 13, 2020 - 9:51 am

Identifying Open Science skills for library staff & researchers

(10 MAR 2020)  From LIBER: The array of knowledge, skills and competencies needed to practice Open Science (OS) effectively can be daunting for many librarians and researchers, particularly those who are new to OS concepts and practices.  Identifying which skills are needed is the first step for anyone wishing to upskill themselves or others in […]

March 11, 2020 - 8:53 am

Read-and-Publish Open Access deals are heightening global inequalities in access to publication

(21 Feb 2020)  One of the most significant impacts of Plan S (the drive to initiate an open access transition in scholarly publishing) has been to accelerate interest in national level read-and-publish deals. Whilst these deals have streamlined open access provision in the Global North, Jefferson Pooley argues that they lock in and exacerbate existing inequalities in scholarly […]

February 27, 2020 - 1:55 pm

Smithsonian releases 2.8 million free images

(25 Feb 2020) The Smithsonian announced today the launch of Smithsonian Open Access, an initiative that removes Smithsonian copyright restrictions from about 2.8 million of its digital collection images and nearly two centuries of data. This means that people everywhere can now download, transform and share this open access content for any purpose, for free, without further […]

February 27, 2020 - 1:40 pm

Report: Evaluation of the cancellation of the Bibsam Consortium’s journal agreement with Elsevier

(14 Feb 2020)  National Library of Sweden recently published its report on “Evaluation of the cancellation of the Bibsam Consortium’s journal agreement with Elsevier: Consequences of the cancellation 2018-2019”. The report gives a detailed description on the background of the cancellation, and how the cancellation effect on researchers, publishers, and research organizations within the consortium. […]

February 26, 2020 - 10:41 am

A Publisher’s perspective on the 1st year of the open access transformation deal

(15 Jan 2020) On January 15th, 2019 Wiley was the first publisher to sign a transformational agreement with Projekt DEAL. We talked to Lorna Stimson, Publishing Director Germany, Wiley, about the implementation of the Projekt DEAL agreement at Wiley and wanted to hear about her experiences with hosting Projekt DEAL related events at eligible institutions across […]

February 26, 2020 - 10:16 am