Open Access

ACM’s new open access agreements: a Q&A with Scott Delman

(10 Feb 2020)  From Scholarly Kitchen: As many Scholarly Kitchen readers will know, in late January it was announced that the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) had signed new open access (OA) publishing agreements with four major US universities. There has been lots of public conversation about these agreements, but I decided to go to the source for some […]

February 11, 2020 - 1:27 pm
Read More...

Japan: NII work with COS to promote open science

(28 Jan 2020)  National Institute of Informatics (NII, Director General: Masaru Kitsuregawa, Tokyo, JAPAN) signed an international exchange agreement (Memorandum of Understanding: MOU) with the Center for Open Science (COS, Executive Director: Professor Brian Nosek, Charlottesville, Virginia, US) in the United States on 29th October 2019. Through this agreement, the two organizations aim to contribute […]

February 10, 2020 - 2:20 pm
Read More...

CMAJ drops paywall

(14 Jan 2020) Starting today, all new Canadian Medical Association Journal content is now freely available online, with older material becoming available on March 1, 2020. Previously, CMAJ research articles, editorials and news stories were freely available, and other content including commentaries and practice articles were only fully available after one year. Dr. Andreas Laupacis, editor-in-chief of the journal, says […]

January 27, 2020 - 9:08 am
Read More...

ACM signs new open-access agreements with leading universities in US

(23 Jan 2020) ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery, entered into transformative open access agreements with several of its largest institutional customers, including the University of California (UC), Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and Iowa State University (ISU). The agreements, which run for three-year terms beginning January 1, 2020, cover both access […]

January 27, 2020 - 9:02 am
Read More...

Eight publishers to volunteer pricing info in pilot study for transition toward transparent OA

(14 Jan 2020) To help transition toward transparent open access (OA), eight journal publishers, including SpringerNature, PLOS, and Annual Reviews, will share anonymized pricing information with a limited group. This is part of a test of a transparency template proposed today in a report commissioned by cOAlition S, a group of funders leading a push […]

January 20, 2020 - 2:59 pm
Read More...

Paris Musées releasing copyright-free digital images into the public domain from Jan 2020

(9 Jan 2020)  In a major step towards greater open access in France, Paris Musées is releasing its digital collections into the public domain with a CC0 waiver. Europeana’s Douglas McCarthy spoke with Philippe Rivière, Head of Communication and Digital at Paris Musées. The full interview is here.

January 17, 2020 - 12:51 pm
Read More...

Karger introduced discount and waiver policy for APC based on country income

(14 Jan 2020)  Karger Publishers has flipped five journals to Open Access and concluded transformative agreements in the Czech Republic, Germany, and Switzerland. In addition, a waiver policy for publication in Open Access journals was introduced. Karger Publishers continues to work actively toward a transition to Open Access (OA), including plans to “flip”, or convert, […]

January 14, 2020 - 6:03 pm
Read More...

OA transparency report launched at Berlin conference

(14 Jan 2020) An independent report aiming to improve the transparency of open access (OA) prices and services is calling for a customer-centric, collaborative and pragmatic approach to the issue. The report, published by Information Power and released at the APE conference in Berlin today (14 Jan), is the outcome of a project funded by Wellcome and UK Research […]

January 14, 2020 - 2:53 pm
Read More...

Springer Nature and Germany’s Projekt DEAL finalise world’s largest transformative OA agreement

(9 Jan 2020)  Springer Nature and MPDL Services GmbH on behalf of Projekt DEAL today announce that the formal contract for the world’s largest transformative Open Access (OA) agreement to date has been signed. Dated 1 January 2020, the agreement provides OA publishing services and full reading access to Springer Nature journals to scholars and […]

January 10, 2020 - 4:45 pm
Read More...

Malaysia Open Science Platform has launched

(11 Dec 2019)  In its efforts to enhance national innovation ecosystem towards wealth creation and societal well-being, the Ministry of Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change (MESTECC) and the Academy of Sciences Malaysia (ASM) will be implementing two flagship initiatives: Malaysian Collaborative Network Platform for Disruptive Innovation (I-CONNECT) and Malaysia Open Science Platform (MOSP). […]

December 17, 2019 - 2:04 pm
Read More...

Webinar: monitoring the cost of OA

(4 Dec 2019) Within the global transition to open access, libraries are trying to understand the total cost paid to publishers, both for subscriptions to content and for publishing of open access articles by their corresponding authors. While libraries know what they pay for subscriptions, determining open access publishing costs – namely the amount of Article […]

December 5, 2019 - 9:07 am
Read More...

Addendum to the cOAlition S Guidance on the Implementation of Plan S

(26 Nov 2019)  cOAlition S endorse a number of strategies to encourage subscription publishers to transition to Open Access. These approaches are referred to as ’transformative arrangements’ and include transformative agreements, transformative model agreements and transformative journals. The Guidance on the Implementation of Plan S indicates an ambition of developing a framework for ‘transformative journals’. […]

November 29, 2019 - 4:14 pm
Read More...

SPARC Europe releases summary of Open Data Directive and guidance for its implementation

(31 Oct 2019) In July of this year, The Directive on open data and the re-use of public sector information, also called the “Open Data Directive” went into effect. To aid in the implementation of this new legislation, of which members states have until 16 July 2021 to transpose, SPARC Europe today is releasing a summary […]

November 7, 2019 - 9:09 am
Read More...

Leaked document on Elsevier negotiations sparks controversy

(6 Nov 2019)  In exchange for full open access Elsevier requests full cooperation in a number of (meta)data projects, a leaked negotiating document reveals. Initial responses to the proposed deal show a fear of ‘vendor lock-in’ and condemn tying open access to open science goals. ScienceGuide has more details here.  

November 7, 2019 - 9:02 am
Read More...

The state of OA in New Zealand. Report and a new statement on Open Scholarship from CONZUL

(25 Oct 2019) Work carried out this year by New Zealand’s Council of New Zealand University Libraries (CONZUL) Open Access Project Group shows a clear citation advantage for repository based OA over closed access articles. This great infographic summarizes their research. The full report is available here. Furthermore, CONZUL have updated their statement on open […]

October 31, 2019 - 11:09 am
Read More...