Author: kai

2018’s Workshop report published

This year, the ESAC initiative hosted a workshop on APC pricing mechanisms to discuss how institutions can develop their own goals in this respect, in order to progress towards a sustainable and transparent APC market. The workshop report outlines the participant’s common understanding of APC pricing as well as strategies to mitigate the potential risks […]

The weakest link – workflows in open access agreements: the experience of the Vienna University Library and recommendations for future negotiations

In recent years open access (OA) publishing agreements have left a lasting impact on several aspects of the research life cycle, and on the manner in which institutions work with publishers and researchers to support the transition to OA. Apart from the immediate financial implications, one significant challenge libraries are facing is the sub-optimal level […]

It’s the workflows, stupid! What is required to make ‘offsetting’ work for the open access transition

A recent article by Graham Stone (Jisc) and Kai Geschuhn (MPDL) published in the British library journal UKSG Insights highlights the outcomes of two workshops organized by the Efficiencies and Standards for Article Charges initiative (ESAC) in 2016 und 2017. The paper makes the case for stronger engagement of libraries and consortia when it comes […]

Open access offsetting under construction

Since publishers have introduced the hybrid open access option, there is a constant debate on the “double dipping” issue, meaning publishers charging fees for opening up individual articles despite selling the respective journal as part of a subscription bundle. The new offset deals claim to follow a different approach. Here, open access publishing costs were […]

INTACT website launched

In October 2015, the open access infrastructure project INTACT (www.intact-project.org) has started its work. The project website has now been launched. Funded by DFG, INTACT brings together three already existing initiatives which will now collaborate under one roof: i) The Open APC platform at Bielefeld University Library collects cost information for open access article charges […]

ESAC cooperates with the Open APC Initiative and OA Analytics within the INTACT project

In October 2015, the open access infrastructure project INTACT has started its work. Funded by DFG, INTACT brings together three already existing initiatives which will now collaborate under one roof: The Open APC platform at Bielefeld University Library collects cost information for open access article charges from university and research institutions. The constantly growing dataset […]

German science organisations publish position paper on Open Access

A working Group in the priority initiative “Digital Information” of the German Alliance of Science Organisations has recently launched a position paper on Open Access. The paper aims shaping the underlying conditions for the transition of the current subscription based journal market to Open Access. This includes the determination of basic principles such as market […]

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