Transition to Open Access: Tackling Complexity and Building Trust – Publishing Perspectives

“This spring, Copyright Clearance Center (CCC) presented a special “OA Innovation Seminar Series.” On behalf of Publishing Perspectives, Christopher Kenneally revisited comments from two guests who appeared in this series and are seeing positive outcomes in their transitions to open access….”

The Bookseller – News – CUP announces new series of Open Access journals to address ‘global c

“Cambridge University Press (CUP) has announced a new series of Open Access journals that will address “global challenges by bringing together researchers across national and subject boundaries”. 

Cambridge Prisms promises to “shape solutions to major scientific, technological and medical challenges with cutting-edge research and reviews”. The scope of each journal will be built around broad, subject neutral topics. In 2023 these will be Coastal Futures, Precision Medicine, Global Mental Health, Extinction, Plastics and Water. The journals will “encourage collaboration between researchers from different disciplines and make it easy for readers to find relevant content”. 

Jess Jones, the publisher and senior scientific editor at the press overseeing the series, said: “As a publisher, we often see papers submitted where we know another author’s work in peer review would have strengthened its reach and impact. We want to break down these barriers and be involved in accelerating the formation of new research networks. ”

Updates on Parasitology and adopting a Gold Open Access Model of production | Parasitology | Cambridge Core

“Many readers will have noted that all published articles within Parasitology from January 2022 onwards were available online only. The hardcopy production, like many other academic journals, has now ceased. This is true not only for regular issues but also for forthcoming special issues. Moreover, from January 2023, Parasitology will become Open Access (OA) where we adopt a Gold Open Access Model, specifically a non-exclusive Gold Open Access CC-BY licence….”

Cambridge’s Transformative Journals see 70 per cent leap in research published open access | STM Publishing News

“The amount of new research published open access (OA) in Cambridge’s Transformative Journals (TJs) leaped by almost 70 per cent in 2021.

Cambridge University Press revealed the figure in an update to the cOAlition S group of funders on the progress of its TJ programme.

The update also shows that the programme exceeded its open access growth target for the year, playing an important role in Cambridge’s plans to transform the vast majority of the research publishing in its journals to OA by 2025.

Overall, the proportion of research articles published Gold OA in Cambridge journals increased to 36 per cent last year – a 47 per cent increase on 2020. The publisher expects that to have reached 50 per cent by the end of this year….”

The OA Advantage

“Join our team as they guide you through the basics of open access (OA), highlight key benefits for your research, and present evidence of the increased impact of choosing OA.

We will also explore funding options for publishing OA, including how to benefit from publishing agreements with your institution….”

Emory Libraries announce open access publishing agreement with Cambridge University Press

“Emory University researchers can publish their work “open access” in all Cambridge University Press journals without paying a publishing cost, thanks to an agreement between Emory Libraries and Cambridge University Press.

Open-access journals don’t charge libraries or readers to access their articles. Instead, they pass along the cost to authors through an article-publishing fee that can range from $500 to more than $10,000. The agreement with Cambridge University Press exempts Emory researchers from paying that fee….”

Cambridge Journals 2022-2024 Open Access Publishing: Information for Authors

“OhioLINK is embarking upon an agreement with Cambridge University Press with two major benefits for students and faculty at institutions of higher education in Ohio.  This deal provides expanded access to important published research from Cambridge University Press and is the first such “Read & Publish” deal with an open access publishing component for OhioLINK. 

Starting January 1, 2022, students, faculty, and staff at most OhioLINK member institutions will  have access to current articles published in all 400+ journals published by Cambridge University Press. An important new component of this agreement is the ability for authors at OhioLINK member institutions to publish open access (OA) journal articles at Cambridge University Press-published journals at no additional charge to either the author or the institution.”

Researching the researcher – responding to Open Access and publishing needs

In July 2021 Cambridge University Press worked with an external research agency to explore a number of key areas around researcher awareness and needs in open access (OA), impact and pain points.

In total over 4,000 Academics from around the world responded, of mixed career stages and spanning over 20 subjects in the Humanities, Social Sciences and STM.

 

Journal of Functional Programming moving to Open Access

As the year winds down, the Journal of Functional Programming gets ready to open a new chapter. From January, every article in JFP will be available under Gold Open Access.

The published ‘version of record’ will be made available to all upon publication, and will be found from the journal’s homepage. Papers will be free to read for anyone, anywhere.

Authors will continue to retain copyright of their work: content will be published under a Creative Commons license, which allows free access and redistribution and, in many cases, allows re-use in new or derivative works. Read our FAQ page to find out more about what the move to Open Access means for our authors.

Taking the research journal in a new direction | Cambridge University Press & Assessment

“A new journal concept from Cambridge University Press will bring researchers from different fields together around the fundamental questions that cut across traditional disciplines.

By focussing research on finding answers to such questions, this unique approach will speed discovery by fostering collaboration and knowledge sharing between subject communities. It will also provide opportunities to publish research from areas that are not well served by traditional, discipline-specific journals.

Informed by feedback from hundreds of researchers, the first titles under the Research Directions banner will launch in 2022, with an initial set of questions and a publishing model that mirrors the research lifecycle, with results, analysis and impact reviews all published as separate, Open Access, peer-reviewed and citable outputs on the Press’s Cambridge Core platform.

In contrast to the traditional, self-contained research paper, researchers will be able to contribute at different stages in the process, sharing and building on each other’s work. They can submit results that address the questions posed, or analysis of others’ results, offering alternative insights and interpretations and using the findings to inform their own work. As the final part of the process, review articles will bring together the work done in response to particular questions, describing the context and the impact of what has been published….”

Taking the research journal ‘in a new direction’ | Research Information

“A new journal concept from Cambridge University Press will bring researchers from different fields together around the fundamental questions that cut across traditional disciplines.

The Press says that, by focussing research on finding answers to such questions, this  approach will speed discovery by fostering collaboration and knowledge sharing between subject communities. It is also aimed at providing opportunities to publish research from areas that are not well served by traditional, discipline-specific journals.

Informed by feedback from hundreds of researchers, the first titles under the Research Directions banner will launch in 2022, with an initial set of questions and a publishing model that mirrors the research lifecycle, with results, analysis and impact reviews all published as separate, open access, peer-reviewed and citable outputs on the Press’s Cambridge Core platform.

In contrast to the traditional, self-contained research paper, researchers will be able to contribute at different stages in the process, sharing and building on each other’s work. They can submit results that address the questions posed, or analysis of others’ results, offering alternative insights and interpretations and using the findings to inform their own work. As the final part of the process, review articles will bring together the work done in response to particular questions, describing the context and the impact of what has been published….”

‘New journals concept’ from CUP’s Research Directions | The Bookseller

“Cambridge University Press is launching an initiative it describes as a “new concept” for the journal, bringing researchers from different fields together to explore fundamental questions which cut across traditional disciplines.

Research Directions is the brainchild of Fiona Hutton, CUP executive publisher and its head of STM Open Access publishing. A former research scientist, Hutton wants to provide alternatives to traditional journal formats and bring communities together to frame research to problems that no one discipline would be able to tackle alone, said the publisher.

CUP said the approach would “speed discovery by fostering collaboration and knowledge sharing between subject communities” as well as provide “opportunities to publish research from areas not well served by traditional, discipline-specific journals”. 

The first titles under the Research Directions banner will be published in 2022, with an initial set of questions to answer, informed by feedback from hundreds of researchers. The publishing model will “mirror the research lifecycle”, with the results, analysis and impact reviews all published as separate, Open Access, peer-reviewed and citable outputs on CUP’s Cambridge Core platform….”

Guest Post – Transforming the Transformative Agreement – The Scholarly Kitchen

“At Cambridge University Press, we’ve been engaged in a major expansion of our TAs with US institutions. Agreements with 130 institutions came into effect this year with a diverse mix of organizations, including state university systems, liberal arts colleges, and major research universities. These agreements follow the “Read and Publish” model (R&P) we kicked off in the US with the University of California system; repurposing institutions’ existing subscription spend to open up access to important scholarly content and to extend the reach of their researchers’ work. The success this year in the US now gives us real scale — we have over 100 TAs covering 1000 institutes in 30 countries — and a critical mass of customer, author, and stakeholder feedback has given us a much better sense of what we will need to prioritize moving forward.

Yet even as we’ve actively sought to build momentum for change through R&P arrangements, we know that the evolution of TAs is essential to a long-term transition. While there are still many challenges we must solve for collectively, we are focusing our external engagement on four main areas.

Funder mandates should not be the only drivers of change….

Increased scale must come with better use of resources….

Equity and diversity must be supported in new ways….

Open is a means, not an end….”

Funding OA Book Publishing: New Initiatives at Cambridge, Michigan, and MIT

“Finding sustainable ways to fund open access scholarly book publishing is not easy. Over the last few years, university presses have been experimenting with different business models which would enable them to publish monographs without charging authors thousands of dollars in processing charges. This panel brings together representatives from three well known university presses – Cambridge, Michigan, and MIT – which have each launched such an innovative initiative. While each of the three models has its own unique features, they share the strategy of utilizing library collection budgets to fund OA book publishing. Please join us to learn more about them and the future of openly published scholarly monographs.”