ACS and Jisc partner to enable open access publishing for researchers across the UK

The Publications division of the American Chemical Society (ACS) and Jisc consortium have reached a transitional agreement which will serve researchers in the UK across all fields of chemistry.

The three-year agreement, which will last through 2024, provides the ability for all scientific articles published by researchers at UK universities and research institutes in ACS journals to be open access (OA) at no cost to the researcher.


Springer Nature negotiations aim to secure a transitional open access agreement

UK institutions are in negotiation with Springer Nature to secure a transitional open access (OA) agreement for the Nature, Nature research journals and Palgrave journals. A proposal that meets the requirements of the sector has not yet been provided.

Jisc and the Royal Society of Chemistry extend and expand open access publishing agreement

“Jisc and the Royal Society of Chemistry have extended and revised their transformative agreement until the end of 2024. Now utilising all previous expenditure to support open access (OA) publications, the deal covers all expected publishing output in the Royal Society of Chemistry’s hybrid journals portfolio….”

OPERAS Open Chat… zu Diamond Open Access und Open Access Geschäftsmodellen, 21 April 2022, 11am (CEST) | OPERAS GER

Donnerstag, 21.04.2022 ab 11 Uhr

Eine große Frage der Open Access Transformation ist die nach der Finanzierung von Verlagsaktivitäten und nachhaltigen Geschäftsmodellen. Dazu gehören auch die verschiedenen Formen von Open Access, um die es in diesem Termin geht.

Information for publishers about the Open Access Community Framework

“We have developed the open access community framework (OACF) to provide an efficient way for publishers offering innovative open access (OA) content models to seek financial support from our institutional members. The OACF also reflects interest from our members in supporting a more diverse range of OA content providers and initiatives and aligns with our view that diversity is at the core of a well-functioning scholarly communication market. By presenting options via the framework the OACF helps institutions make strategic decisions about the use of their funds, e.g., OA or collections budgets, towards new content initiatives. We are piloting the OACF during 2022….”

Supporting the transition to open access publishing – an update | Jisc

“One of our key priorities over the last two years has been to strike agreements that accelerate the UK’s transition to open access (OA), reduce and constrain costs, and capitalise on the potential of OA to break down some of the barriers to collaboration and excellence in research practices.  

Alongside this, we have been working with the sector through our strategic groups to define and design the conditions that will support open scholarship during and after the OA transition.

As part of our work to support our funders’ policies, most notably UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), we have rapidly scaled-up our negotiations to put in place agreements that provide UKRI-funded researchers with routes to OA publishing and that allow these funds to be used to support these arrangements.

We are now at a point where around 80 per cent of UK output can be published openly via a Jisc agreement. Key to our negotiations are equity and affordability as set out in the sector’s requirements of our members. This means working with publishers to forge sustainable routes to OA that are available to all researchers regardless of institution, discipline, or publication venue.

As the most used publication venue for UK researchers and the largest agreement by spend, reaching an agreement with Elsevier that delivers full and immediate OA at an affordable and reduced fee was a priority for the sector….”

Emerald supplies accepted manuscripts to Publications Router – Research

“Emerald, the global publisher of social science research, is now supplying accepted manuscripts of journal articles to Jisc’s Publications Router service for onward distribution to UK institutional repositories….”

Job: Development Officer – OA Monographs | Jisc

Salary: Up to £35,000 per annum depending on experience (when working full time max 35 hours per week)
Contract: 24 month Fixed Term contract
Location: Hybrid – office based with full flexibility to work from home or at any of our hubs

About the role:
This is a highly specialised role, you will be working as part of a cross-functional team, to support Jisc’s two-year programme of work to implement UK Research and Innovation’s new open access policy. In this pivotal role, you will lead and co-ordinate the monographs-related activity associated with the delivery of the Jisc UKRI open access policy programme. Your focus will be on ensuring that we provide the research sector with tools, guidance and publishing options in readiness for the commencement of the UKRI OA monographs policy.

You will devise and develop an implementation plan and work with internal and external stakeholders to deliver the relevant activity, outputs and outcomes. There is a critical focus on coordinating the development of different models and pilots for open access academic books in order to drive change and deliver value for the research sector.

Other responsibilities will include:
• Creating and implementing a project plan, as part of the UKRI open access policy programme, to support the OA monographs policy and successfully deliver on agreed activity, outputs and outcomes.
• Putting in place agreed tracking measures for monitoring the performance of the OA monographs project plan on an ongoing basis, proactively making recommendations to optimise and improve performance. Regularly reporting on performance and activity to the programme team and key stakeholders.
• Liaising with internal and external stakeholders to ensure we have a coordinated approach to OA monographs, bringing together our activity across licensing, open research services, and content and discovery.


“ELSEVIER B.V., a company whose registered office is at Radarweg 29, 1043 NX Amsterdam, the Netherlands (“Publisher”). OFFERS to you, (the “Institution”), permission to publish open access articles in Eligible Journals, access the Licensed Material and use such material only on the terms and conditions as set out in this Licence. Acceptance of this Licence will be by receipt of the Order Confirmation Email (as defined below) by the Publisher as part of Licence Subscriptions Manager (as defined below). Acceptance shall be acceptance of all terms and conditions of this Licence and no variation or counter offer will be accepted by the Publisher. In the event that no or partial compliance is made as to the manner or form described for acceptance, no licence will be granted and this offer is deemed withdrawn….”

Plan M: the road ahead | UKSG

“Following the launch of the National Metadata Agreement between Jisc and OCLC in February 2022, this webinar will talk about current developments related to Plan M, as well as the roadmap for 2022/23 and beyond, as the current project draws to a close. The strategy for the next phase of Jisc’s work on establishing the NBK/Library Hub as core national infrastructure of a more efficient bibliographic metadata supply model will be discussed, and attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions and find out how they can get involved in providing sector insights to Jisc’s Library Hub team, that will help inform future developments.”

Scholarly Communications and Engagement Officer

“This is a fantastic role, sitting within Jisc’s marketing planning team to support Jisc’s two-year programme of work to implement UK Research and Innovation’s new open access policy. The programme of work includes scaling up of open access negotiations to accelerate the transition to open access, piloting new open access models for journals and monographs, as well as providing research performing organisations advice, guidance and tools to monitor and assist compliance with the new policy.

In this role, you will lead and co-ordinate the communications, marketing and engagement activity associated with the delivery of the Jisc UKRI open access policy programme. You will devise and develop campaigns and work with internal and external stakeholders to deliver the relevant activity and materials. There is a critical focus on engagement with publishers, libraries, research offices and researchers….”

A new approach to supporting scholarly communications: announcing the open access community framework (OACF) | Jisc

o further realise Jisc and its strategic groups’ commitment to working with stakeholders across the scholarly communication landscape and supporting innovation, we’re now announcing a new approach to supporting publishers or initiatives operating under the diamond OA model – open access publishing with no subscription or author facing fees –  with the open access community framework (OACF). 

Jisc has worked with a range of subscription and fully OA publishers so far, negotiating agreements based on a variety of models, including read and publish, subscribe to open, funder-compliant green, to help all publishers wishing to engage with OA. We also have several agreements for OA monographs and agreements supporting core scholarly communications infrastructure, such as arXiv.

UK universities accept Elsevier open-access proposal | Research Professional News

Jisc confirms that sector has accepted the latest proposal from publisher, which meets core requirements UK universities are close to sealing an open-access deal with the academic publisher Elsevier, following protracted negotiations on the replacement of the UK’s largest subscription agreement.