(4 Mar 2021) Many Australian and New Zealand researchers can now publish research articles as open access in CSIRO-owned journals through new transformative agreements between CSIRO Publishing and CAUL member institutions.
Globally, transformative agreements are being used as a way for the research community, academic libraries, and scholarly publishers to work together to find a financially viable and sustainable path to transition to an open access publishing model.
Early in 2020 representatives of the Council of Australian University Librarians (CAUL) met with CSIRO Publishing to explore how they might work together to accelerate the move towards Open Access in Australia.
Discussions followed with CAUL facilitating conversations, curating input from the academic library community and sharing their findings with the team at CSIRO Publishing. In return CSIRO Publishing worked on agreements that would be viable and flexible enough to accommodate the variety of institutions involved.
The result is that many CAUL member institutions across Australia and New Zealand now have active Transformative Read and Publish
Agreements in place. There is no change to the existing standards for submission or peer-review. Eligible authors are identified by their
Ringgold ID and relevant institutional email domain and offered the option of open access for their articles. Choosing the open access
option allows authors to publish without incurring any fees for Article Processing Charges.
The transformative agreements are underpinned by fees funded by the CAUL member institutions.
The complete news release can be viewed in pdf here.