“CCC, a provider of Open Access (OA) workflow solutions, has launched OA Agreement Intelligence, an agreement modeling solution that enables publishers to prepare, build, and analyze their OA data so that they can create and communicate sustainable and transparent agreements with their partners. The solution combines sophisticated data preprocessing with easy-to-use analysis and export capabilities….
OA Agreement Intelligence helps publishers achieve scalability, sustainability, and transparency goals for institutional agreements. Pilot participants cited a range of benefits including time savings associated with manual data clean-up, leveraging automated affiliation enrichment through CCC’s recently acquired Ringgold data, accelerating the creation of agreement offers, adjusting deal parameters in real time to drive customer satisfaction, and gaining strategic insights into historical OA business….”
IEEE, the world’s largest technical professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for humanity, announced today that it has reached an unlimited read and publish open access agreement with the Conferenza dei Rettori delle Università Italiane (CRUI), the association of state and non-state Italian universities, to support authors who choose to publish open access.
Under this new three-year agreement, all researchers from the participating 54 Italian institutions are now able to publish open access articles in approximately 200 leading journals and magazines published by IEEE, making them instantly available and free to read by the public and helping support CRUI’s mission to make their authors’ publications open to the world. Under the terms of the agreement, the costs of both accessing subscription content and the article processing charges (APCs) required to publish open access are covered by the license fees paid by consortium members, making the process easier and more convenient for authors.
Two new FinELib agreements containing open access publishing rights came into effect in the summer: ACM and Nature Research
In 2019 Springer Nature and Germany’s Projekt DEAL signed what was at the time the world’s largest, most comprehensive, transformative agreement (TA). Encompassing 2,500 journals with the expectation of enabling 13,000 articles to be published open access (OA) each year, it reflected the commitment of both parties to the principles of open science and advancing the transition to OA.
The success of the agreement can be seen in that 97% of affiliated authors with eligible universities and institutions in Germany took advantage of the opportunity to publish their articles OA without needing to pay an article processing charge. In addition, in 2021 the agreement saw over 16,000 (+13% on 2020) new research articles in Springer Nature’s fully OA and hybrid journals made freely and openly accessible for scholars everywhere – 60% of all the articles published under DEAL agreements (1).
Beginning September 1, 2022, UC corresponding authors publishing in Elsevier’s prestigious Cell Press and The Lancet journals will be able to publish their articles as open access with financial support from the UC libraries. Cell Press publishes 50 scientific journals in the life, physical, earth, and health sciences. The Lancet is one of the world’s oldest and most prestigious medical journals.
In support of the transition toward open access (OA), IOP Publishing (IOPP) has agreed five more unlimited OA publishing agreements with research institutions in the United States (US). The read and publish agreements will enable the University of Florida, North Carolina State University, Rowan University, Mount Holyoke College and Olin College of Engineering to publish unlimited research articles in all IOPP journals and almost all of IOPP’s partner journals at no cost to their affiliated authors.
IOP Publishing (IOPP) has signed three new Transformative Agreements (TAs) that will accelerate open access (OA) publishing and extend access to high quality research in the United States (US). The three-year read and publish (R&P) agreements with Princeton University, the University of Central Florida and Connecticut College offer unlimited publishing in all IOPP hybrid and gold OA journals.?
IEEE and the University of California today announce a four-year read-and-publish agreement to enable researchers across the 10-campus university system to publish open access in the technical professional organization’s approximately 200 leading journals and magazines. IEEE is among the largest publishers of UC research.
Springer Nature and University of California announce first Nature open access agreement in the Americas
Signatories will discuss how to make research assessment fairer and defuse ‘publish or perish’ culture
Libraries who use OCLC records in their catalogues will be aware that Jisc and OCLC entered into a Transitional National Metadata Agreement covering the period August 1st 2021 – July 31st 2022. Following a lengthy national consultation, this Agreement remodeled the charging structure for OCLC services, and enabled all UK HE libraries to access full OCLC records through Jisc Library Hub Cataloguing.
Whilst the Transitional Agreement has been successful in providing a more consistent and sustainable pricing model for future use, and take up has been good, Jisc and OCLC have been unable to agree post-transitional terms for a longer-term agreement.
This means that as of August 1st 2022, libraries will be unable to subscribe to the WorldCat Cataloguing and Metadata subscription using the Jisc Licence Subscriptions Manager platform. Eligible libraries who wish to subscribe (or Authorised libraries re-subscribe) to OCLC cataloguing services will need to talk directly to OCLC.
From Google’s English: “Publication contracts currently only rarely represent collaborations between partners on an equal footing. The market power of individual publishers is supported by the obligation to publish, little legal knowledge among scientists, a lack of standards and non-transparent publishing services. The AuROA project tries to act as a corrective here.
The modular model contracts developed by AuROA are intended to contribute to equal, collaboration-driven scientific practice. The contracts are intended to enable fairly active, often smaller publishers as well as scholar-led initiatives that do not have their own legal department to work fairly with authors. They are also intended to take a critical look at the current hierarchies in publication contracts – as independent references for authors, advice centers and the multitude of other actors in the Open Access transformation. Quality standards for publications are also being discussed as part of the project. The project focuses on book publications in the German-language humanities and social sciences.”
Launched in January 2022 as a co-creation exercise, the process of drafting an agreement for reforming research assessment has reached an important milestone. On 8 July, the final version of the agreement was presented at a Stakeholder Assembly bringing together the 350+ organisations from 40+ countries having expressed interest in being involved in the process. Today, the final Agreement is made public with this news.
This case study explores the processes and challenges of assessing and managing transitional agreements (TAs) at the University of Salford. TAs are contracts with publishers that shift spending from subscriptions to open access and therefore enable the transition to full and immediate open access for research articles. As a teaching-intensive and research-informed university with a small team, Salford needs to ensure that transitional deals are managed effectively and efficiently to maximize our resources and provide the content and publishing opportunities needed to support our teaching and research strategies. Here we describe our processes and the challenges we have faced working remotely and across teams. Finally, we reflect on future developments and how we can continue to adapt and develop our processes as the scholarly landscape evolves.