Agreement ID ieee2022cdl
Has the agreement been disclosed and published? Yes
Agreement period 07/15/2022 – 12/31/2025
Consortia / Institution California Digital Library (University of California)
Country United States

Approximate range of annual corresponding author publications

Comments on size/article output This count includes only journal articles; UC also publishes over 1,000 conference proceeding papers with IEEE each year

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 No prescribed cost increase for the library, however, underperformance in key aspects of the agreement relating to author grant participation could result in additional fees to the library (the library may choose not to pay all of these additional fees and end the OA portion of the agreement). Cost increases could occur from the perspective of all funds coming from the institutions based on the level of author contributions from grant funds.

Transformative agreements vary by their transformative mechanisms, meaning the way in which financing is shifted from the subscription side to open access publishing. What are the characteristics of this agreement to this regard?

Subscriptions partly converted to OA publishing fees

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 fixed entitlements: all journal articles published are eligible. There are aggregate spend thresholds which need to be reached via authors that are able to contribute to publishing fees from grant funds under the multipayer model. If those thresholds are not met then the libraries may need to pay an additional fee to reach those thresholds, while if top-end thresholds are exceeded then the libraries receive a corresponding credit to their up-front spend the following year.

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 variations allowed
Original research articles
Review articles

What is the approximate share of access related costs of the overall agreement?

More than 50%
Comments on access costs This includes continued access costs for conference proceedings, standards, and other content types which are not covered for OA publication by this agreement

Are all read relevant journals covered by the agreement?

WORKFLOW ASSESSMENT Too early to assess
Comments on workflows IEEE uses CCC RightsLink for payment workflow
OVERALL ASSESSMENT AND COMMENTS UC’s agreement with IEEE is a step on the pathway towards transitioning computer science and electrical engineering content to open access. However, IEEE has a substantive portfolio of conference proceedings and other publication types which are not included in this agreement, which will hopefully be considered in future iterations on this contract.

The IEEE agreement pilots a model by which authors are asked if they have research funds available to pay a publication fee for their OA articles; if they do not have those funds available the article is fully covered by the library’s ongoing financial commitment at the same level as the previous subscription. Publication fees paid by authors from their research funds, when they are able, aggregate towards a minimum yearly threshold; if the total is below that threshold then the library must pay the difference (or end the OA portion of the agreement). This model has the potential to create a sustainable, guided transition from the previous subscription model to a more appropriate and inclusive model supporting OA publication by all UC authors.

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