(4 Apr 2022) Smaller independent publishers, libraries, and consortia can now more easily enter into Open Access agreements because of a set of new tools published by cOAlition S and the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP).
In order to foster a diverse, open scholarly publishing landscape, libraries and consortia need to broaden the scope of their negotiation strategies to embrace smaller independent publishers, but tailoring each agreement can take considerable time and resources. Shared standards and greater automation are required, and these tools provide a sound foundation from which to build, notes Colleen Campbell, coordinator of the OA2020 Initiative.
The toolkit addresses this need for automation with a report (download or view), containing shared principles for developing an OA agreement; a data template; six example licences ready to be used and adapted as necessary; and a list of the many librarians and publishers who have contributed to the development of the toolkit. Additionally, a detailed workflow (download or view) provides an overview of the entire process, from contract negotiation to achieving compliance with funder policies and reporting to libraries.
The original press release can be found here.
The toolkit can be accessed here.