New Forum 13+ and Taylor & Francis Transformative Agreement to Realize the Benefits of Open Access for Germany’s Researchers – Taylor & Francis Newsroom

“Researchers in Germany will see a major boost to the reach and impact of their work as they join authors in other European countries benefitting from Taylor & Francis open access (OA) agreements.

A German library negotiation team under the umbrella of Forum 13+ and Taylor & Francis have announced a new three-year ‘read & publish’ deal, to begin in 2024. This will ensure researchers have continued access to Taylor & Francis journals and can choose OA for their articles in more than 2,000 Open Select (hybrid) titles.

These include journals under the Routledge imprint, one of the world’s largest Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) portfolios. It is anticipated that over 60% of articles published open access through the agreement will be in HSS subjects.

The agreement’s publishing allocation has been designed to enable all new articles with a corresponding author at one of the participating institutions to be made open access in hybrid Taylor & Francis journals.

German higher education and research institutions are now invited to join a consortium, with almost a hundred signaling their intention to do so during a consultation on the deal over the summer.

The consortium will be established and managed by the ZBW – Information Centre for Economics, a research-based information infrastructure for economics and a member of the German Leibniz Association….”

on X: “@CrimRxiv Consortium welcomes our newest member, @ACJS_National ?? Visit their open access Hub at Learn more about our partnership in this video and press release” / X

The CrimRxiv Consortium, a network of open criminology’s leading institutions, has announced its newest Member: the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS), an association to foster professional and scholarly activities in the field of criminal justice. ACJS is the first learned-society to join the Consortium, which launched a couple weeks ago with seventeen Members from Canada, England, Germany, New Zealand, and United States. To increase the Consortium’s visibility and impact, each Member has its own “Hub” on CrimRxiv, which aggregates and centralizes their authors’ open access publications. The ACJS Hub will spotlight open access articles in the association’s peer-review outlets: Justice Quarterly, The Journal of Criminal Justice Education, and Justice Evaluation Journal.

At the Twitter link is an announcement video made with AI, and a link to the press release.


CrimRxiv launches its Consortium – An international, institutional network of open criminology’s leaders, supporters, & providers · CrimRxiv

ATLANTA — CrimRxiv, criminology’s global open access (OA) hub and repository, has announced the CrimRxiv Consortium: an international, institutional network to advance open criminology for impact and social justice. The Consortium launched with seventeen Founding Members from Canada, England, Germany, New Zealand, and United States. 

To incentivize and thank institutions for their participation in the Consortium, each member receives its own “Hub” on CrimRxiv, which aggregates and centralizes their authors’ OA publications from across the internet. Other member-benefits are …

CrimRxiv Consortium on X: “We’re thrilled to officially launch the @CrimConsortium. It’s an institutional network of open criminology’s leaders, providers, and supporters. Collaboratively, they’ll advance open criminology for the greatest good ??” / X

CrimRxiv, criminology’s global open access (OA) hub and repository, has announced the CrimRxiv Consortium: an international, institutional network to advance open criminology for impact and social justice. The Consortium launched with seventeen Founding Members from Canada, England, Germany, New Zealand, and United States. The Consortium is led by the University of Manchester (UoM) and Knowledge Futures (KF), maker of CrimRxiv’s open-source publishing platform, PubPub. 

See the tagged tweet for an AI-generated video announcement. 

For written details, see this press release:

Midlands Innovation Rights Retention Statement of Intent

“Midlands Innovation is committed to supporting Open Research and will endeavour, working in collaboration across our Universities, to make our research activity as openly available as possible.

A key enabler of Open Research is author rights retention. This ensures authors keep the rights to their work, and enables their research to be as open as possible and as closed as necessary. Here, authors do not automatically transfer the Intellectual Property Rights in their research publications to publishers and, in parallel with journal or other forms of e- or print publication, can make each research publication3 immediately open access through institutional and subject repositories….

You are strongly encouraged to not, by default, transfer intellectual property rights to publishers and instead use a Rights Retention statement as standard practice. Your university is in the process of putting in place its own Rights Retention policy and we encourage you to refer directly to the relevant guidance available at your university….” 

European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC)

“The European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC) is a specific legal form that facilitates the establishment and operation of Research Infrastructures with European interest.

The ERIC allows the establishment and operation of new or existing Research Infrastructures on a non-economic basis

The Commission provides practical guidelines to help potential applicants.

The ERIC becomes a legal entity from the date the Commission decision setting up the ERIC takes effect.

An ERIC can carry out some limited economic activities related to this task….”

IOI 2024 Fund: leveraging networks as key drivers of change | Invest in Open Infrastructure, Jul 13, 2023

“…Through this pilot Fund, IOI intends to:

Partner with at least (3) networks, focusing on networks with a strong existing service relationship to a set of communities or institutions, a public commitment to open research principles, and a specific opportunity for using funds to develop open infrastructure adoption among members
Raise $5-7M USD to support these network collaborations for 3-5 years, providing direct funding and strategic support to enable the adoption of open infrastructure for those networks and their members, with a focus on infrastructures enabling immediate and equitable open access to data and content.
Create a mechanism to expand the pool of funders for open infrastructure, including calling for commercial service providers and others who derive significant value from the open ecosystem to reinvest in the open systems from which they profit….”

Canada’s Federal Science Libraries Network to join the transformative agreement between the Microbiology Society and Consortia Canada | Microbiology Society

“The Microbiology Society is pleased to announce Canada’s Federal Science Libraries Network (FSLN) has joined the successful Publish and Read agreement between the Microbiology Society and four Canadian consortia from 2023.


The Publish and Read model will allow affiliated researchers of seven government departments to publish an unlimited number of Open Access (OA) articles in hybrid and fully OA titles, as well as having full read access to the Society’s journals portfolio. This effectively makes it the first publisher deal covering both academic and government consortia in Canada….”

The lack of resources for ethical open access journals hurts academia and the public – Universitetsläraren, 1 feb 2023

“…While decentralised initiatives such as Quartz OA and Libraria promise to unlock crowdsourcing tools to alleviate financial hardships for non-commercial Open Access journals, a wider discussion still needs to take place across the higher education sector and—one could add—society at large, about how best to remove the economic, legal, and technological barriers to accessing research findings. Ultimately, this is a question of ownership: who owns the research we collectively produce and who, if anyone, should be able to profit from it? In the meantime, at a bare minimum universities, research funders, and national consortiums should set aside substantial funding to support the ethical, non-profit Open Access ecosystem. In practical terms, this means earmarking funding for already established non-profit Open Access publications and providing incentives, resources, and support to allow editorial boards to ‘flip’ journals currently being published through agreements with commercial publishers to ethical Open Access models….”

A free toolkit to foster open access agreements

In November 2021, with the support of the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP) and cOAlition S, four ‘task and finish’ working groups were established. The authors facilitated and supported these groups. Each group was responsible for producing tools that will enable library consortia and small independent publishers to negotiate transformative agreements, which is to say, agreements that will enable the publisher to fully transition to open access. The first task and finish group developed shared principles for transformative agreements. The second developed a data template to enable smaller independent publishers to reach agreements with library consortia and libraries, while the third developed example licence agreements. These groups recognized that the implementation of a transformative agreement crosses a complex ecosystem of technology, processes, policies, automated functions and manual functions that relate to contract management, article submission and peer review, content hosting and dissemination as well as financial management. For this reason, a fourth group produced a workflow framework that describes the process in all its phases. The members of these four groups were volunteers from stakeholder communities including libraries, library consortia, smaller independent publishers and intermediaries. This article explains why these tools are needed and the process behind their creation. The authors have combined these tools into a freely available toolkit, available under a CC BY licence.

Why and How to Invest in Open Research Infrastructure? “VIVO Talks!” with Emmy Tsang | Oct 13, 2022 | Berlin University Alliance

“Research technology and infrastructure are to be open and community-owned, for science to thrive. This is why the non-profit initiative “Invest in Open Infrastructure” is dedicated to improve funding for open technologies supporting research and scholarship. Emmy Tsang, Engagement Lead at “Invest in Open Infrastructure”, points out what makes an infrastructure open and sustainable and how the Berlin University Alliance can be inspired by their efforts to build a sustainable, collaborative research ecosystem….” Gemeinschaftliche Open-Access-Finanzierung im KOALA-Konsortium

Suche nach Unterstützer*innen für gemeinschaftliche Open-Access-Finanzierung in den Bereichen Medienwissenschaften und Sozialwissenschaften gestartet

Um ihre Forschungsergebnisse in Open-Access-Zeitschriften veröffentlichen zu können, müssen Autor*innen häufig Publikationsgebühren – sogenannte Article Processing Charges (APCs) – bezahlen. Das BMBF-geförderte Projekt KOALA (Konsortiale Open Access Lösungen aufbauen) baut ein alternatives Finanzierungsmodell auf, in dem es Konsortien organisiert, die die Kosten für fachspezifische Open-Access-Publikationen gemeinschaftlich übernehmen. In der Pledgingphase hat jetzt die Suche nach Institutionen, Unternehmen und Einzelpersonen begonnen, die sich zu einer gemeinschaftlichen Open-Access-Finanzierung in den Bereichen Medienwissenschaften und Sozialwissenschaften verpflichten möchten.

Wie funktioniert die gemeinschaftliche Finanzierung?

Im KOALA-Programm können sich die Teilnehmenden an der Finanzierung der Zeitschriftenbündel KOALA Medienwissenschaften 2023 und KOALA Sozialwissenschaften 2023 beteiligen. Die Preise für die einzelnen Bündel werden auf Basis der Finanzbedarfe der Zeitschriften und Schriftenreihen ermittelt, die diese für einen nachhaltigen Betrieb ihrer Publikation an KOALA melden. Für jedes Bündel gibt es eine Preisstaffelung (Tiering), der sich teilnehmende Unterstützer*innen entsprechend ihrer Größe zuordnen können. Die Zeitschriften und Schriftenreihen erhalten dann über drei Jahre eine Finanzierung aus dem KOALA-Konsortium. Wenn die vorgegebene Zahl an Unterstützer*innen erreicht wird, leisten diese einen nach ihrer Größe und dem Umfang der gebündelten Publikationen gestaffelten Beitrag. Sollten sich nicht genügend Unterstützer*innen finden, kommt die Finanzierung durch KOALA nicht zustande.


American Chemical Society Transformative Open Access Agreement – Office of Scholarly Communication

“As of May 17, 2022, the University of California, together with the California State University (CSU) and members of the Statewide California Electronic Library Consortium (SCELC), entered into a transformative open access agreement with the American Chemical Society (ACS), the first such California-wide agreement. 

The three-year agreement provides readers and researchers at nearly 60 California research institutions – including all 10 UC campuses and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory – with access to subscription content while allowing authors at the participating institutions to publish open access in ACS’ portfolio of over 75 chemistry journals at a reduced cost.

The goal of the agreement is to enable authors from UC, CSU, and SCELC institutions to transition from the traditional ”read-only” subscription model to a transformative model that makes it easier and more affordable for authors to publish open access. As with UC’s other transformative agreements, the agreement supports UC’s mission as a public university and advances the global shift toward sustainable open access publishing by making more UC-authored research articles open to the world, while containing the university’s journal-related expenditures….”

cOAlition S and ALPSP Publish Toolkit to Foster Open Access Agreements

Smaller independent publishers, libraries, and consortia can now more easily enter into Open Access agreements thanks to a set of new tools published by cOAlition S and the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP).

Springer Nature and Bibsam Consortium agree TA for Nature and the Nature Research journals | Corporate Affairs Homepage | Springer Nature

Springer Nature today announces a second Transformative Agreement (TA) to include its flagship title Nature. The agreement with the Bibsam Consortium in Sweden enables researchers affiliated with 10 initial institutions to publish their research articles accepted for publication in Nature and the Nature Research journals immediately open access (OA). This is at no cost to the individual researchers, as OA costs are covered by the consortium deal.