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.


Recommended Principles and Terms for Electronic Resource Agreements

“The following set of eleven principles for library content licenses was developed by a group of representatives from ASERL member libraries with several goals in mind: 

To make life easier for our colleagues by setting out what we consider to be the ideals libraries should pursue in each of the license terms covered here, as well as an example of license language that achieves those ideals, where possible. 

To give guidance to vendors so that they can present libraries with terms that are acceptable at the outset, saving everyone time and effort in negotiations. 

To establish and strengthen norms around licensing terms in key areas that may be the subject of uncertainty or disagreement between libraries and vendors to best serve libraries’ missions. 

ASERL believes every provision in a content license presents both parties with an opportunity to affirm core values. We are hopeful that this document will help ensure library values shape and inform the licenses that govern the information our institutions acquire on behalf of our users….”

Wiley and Carolina Consortium Partner to Deliver More Open Access Research

Global research and education leader Wiley today announced a new three-year agreement with the Carolina Consortium, a consortium of libraries across the U.S. states of North Carolina and South Carolina.

The agreement allows members of 41 participating institutions access to all of Wiley’s hybrid and subscription journals and grants researchers the ability to publish accepted articles open access in all of Wiley’s 1,400 hybrid journals.

PLOS Expands Footprint with a Publishing Agreement in Germany | Lab Manager

“The Public Library of Science (PLOS) is pleased to announce an agreement with Sachsen Consortia to facilitate unlimited publishing across all 12 PLOS titles with no fees for researchers. This agreement encompasses PLOS’ three innovative publishing models, ensuring researchers from 11 Saxon institutions benefit from frictionless, fee-free publishing with PLOS. This agreement represents PLOS’ second major consortia deal in the European Union….”

Help Shape the Transition to Open · Series 1.3: Global Transition to Open

“Some of the popular open access transition strategies, mostly promoted by publishers, manage to achieve more open access. But they lack much of what we need: making publishing accessible for everyone, lowering the costs of publishing, coping with an increasing number of publications, reducing the dependency on commercial publishers, transparency of procedures and costs, and a sustainable and irrevocable flipping of journals to open access [undefined]. The goal of achieving open access as the standard in academic publishing has been set for years now. Who do we trust with accelerating the speed of the transition while assuring the inclusiveness, transparency, and sustainability of  the publication system? Clear principles must be reconciled with the will to break new ground. Libraries are in a good position to shape this transition to open….

Technische Informationsbibliothek (TIB) has the mandate to provide both academia and industry with information from natural sciences and engineering. The library is strongly committed to openness in its mission. Measures include providing access to scholarly literature, deploying infrastructure, and conducting research. In terms of open access, TIB is deeply involved in defining concepts and tools that actively help shape the transition to full open access. In this post, I will give a short overview of the current activities of TIB….

At TIB, there are four major strategies underway, all based on the clear commitment to help shape the transition:

We established a library publishing service, TIB Open Publishing, to offer professional publishing services for non-APC, scholar-led open access journals and conference proceedings.

We developed our leading role in traditional library consortia by establishing models for open access consortia, e.g. through the KOALA project.

We contribute to collectively funded open access publications and systematically integrate this into our acquisition budget.

We help sustain open infrastructure for the open access landscape….”

Bringing Transformative Agreements to a Large Consortium · Series 1.3: Global Transition to Open

“Transformative agreements (TA), those which move the fee libraries have traditionally paid for read-only subscriptions to publishing content open access, are not new.  Projekt DEAL began negotiations with Elsevier as far back as 2016 with the goal of moving towards a transformative ‘read & publish’ agreement on behalf of all German academic institutions.undefined For the past few years, we have been working on behalf of our institutions and the Greater Western Library Alliance (GWLA) to bring transformative agreements out of the realm of discussion and into action at the consortial level. GWLA members are trying to find a sustainable way to provide access to scholarly research produced and needed by our communities with continual decreases in budgets and resources. This essay discusses our experiences, frustrations, and hopes for the future.”