Interview with Beth Bayley, Karger Publishers – DOAJ News Service

“A very important aspect of our strategy is to embrace, contribute to and promote Open Science, which naturally means a major emphasis on a sustainable transition to open access (OA). Besides ensuring that our policies and services support OA, we’re also working with institutions to innovate flexible Publish and Read agreements (a.k.a. transformative agreements), launching OA journals, flipping journals and adopting the Transformative Journal model for some journals….

Ideologically, OA seems like a no-brainer. In a perfect world, there would be no barriers to lifesaving and enhancing knowledge based on where, or under what circumstances, people are born. However, the challenges to making all high-quality research openly accessible—with all the essential tools to make it discoverable and useful, and everything else publishers do—are real. I think platinum OA, where there is no charge for reading or publishing, could go far to reduce inequity so I’m especially excited about our platinum OA journals, which we call Partner Publications. They help make sure organizations have a voice in the global conversation and remove barriers to readers and authors….”

Karger Fast Facts, a handbook series for clinicians and patients, will be Free Access as of January 2021.

“Karger will offer clinicians and patients unlimited free access to the Fast Facts series, a collection of more than 100 resources spanning multiple topics across the field of medicine. Fast Facts address knowledge gaps in healthcare, enabling a dialogue between healthcare professionals, patients, and other stakeholders from the healthcare ecosystem.

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, a pilot that made Fast Facts Free Access for clinicians has proven to be immensely popular, demonstrating a substantial increase in usage. Karger will now roll out Free Access globally, underlining its ambition and commitment to promoting health through communication. Institutions from the industry, academia, and public organizations involved in the initiation and funding of those titles will benefit from increased reach to their target audiences….”