|Agreement labeling||ScienceDirect pilot transformative agreement|
|Has the agreement been disclosed and published?||No
|Agreement period||01/01/2020 – 12/31/2022|
|Consortia / Institution||Consortium of publicly-funded Irish higher education institutions|
Approximate range of annual corresponding author publications
How do the costs of the agreement relate to previous subscription-only agreements with the publisher?
|Agreement costs within the range of the previous spending level|
|Comments on cost development||Cost is based on historic subscription spend only|
How do entitlements for open access publishing correlate to the anticipated article output? Which mechanisms for risk sharing have been agreed in cases of exceeding or not reaching the number of OA publishing entitlements?
|No risk sharing if OA allowance is underused. Must be used by end of each calendar year. Allowance is split allocated per institution and unused allowances may be transferred within each calendar year between institutions.|
Are all journals relevant to your affiliated authors (in which you expect them to publish) eligible for OA publishing under the agreement?
|Are fully open access journals covered by the agreement?||Yes|
|OA LICENSE||CC-BY preference, exceptions allowed
CC-BY variations allowed
||Original research articles
What is the approximate share of access related costs of the overall agreement?
|More than 50%|
|Comments on access costs||Read-publish split not specified|
Are all read relevant journals covered by the agreement?
|PERPETUAL ACCESS RIGHTS||Partly (eg to core journals only)|
|WORKFLOW ASSESSMENT||Too early to assess|
|Comments on workflows||Articles’ eligibility is based on the date of submission, rather than the date of acceptance (as recommended by ESAC). We are concerned that this will present a challenge to monitor our OA funds remaining at end of each year of the agreement.|
|OVERALL ASSESSMENT AND COMMENTS||The agreement creates an open access publication fund for the consortium based on a 1:75 subscription to OA ratio (ie for every €1 of subscription spend, €0.75 is available for OA publishing). This will allow an estimated 71% of articles by eligible corresponding authors in the relevant Elsevier journals to be open access. The cost is in line with historic subscription spend. Too early to assess impact on operations.
Further details available on irel.ie/open-access/
|Request contact to the licensee||contact [at] esac-initiative [dot] org|