RSC – Royal Society of Chemistry
|Agreement labeling||RSC Read & Publish|
|Has the agreement been disclosed and published?||No|
|Agreement period||01/01/2018 – 31/12/2021|
|Consortia / Institution||Bibsam Consortium|
Approximate range of annual corresponding author publications
|Comments on size/article output||Fully OA journals are not included in the agreement. The consortium currently has approximately over 50 publications in publisher’s fully OA journals per year.|
How do the costs of the agreement relate to previous subscription-only agreements with the publisher?
|Comments on cost development||Current subscription spend would not cover the cost of publishing. A new flat “global” reading fee was introduced, causing very high price increases for small size members (with a previous very modest fee).|
Transfomative 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?
|Unlimited number of OA publishing in hybrids are allowed|
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?||No|
|OA LICENSE||CC-BY variations allowed|
||Original research articles
What is the approximate share of access related costs of the overall agreement?
|Comments on access costs||Gradually and slowly decreasing throughout the term. 2021: 40%.|
Are all read relevant journals covered by the agreement?
|PERPETUAL ACCESS RIGHTS||Yes|
|OVERALL ASSESSMENT AND COMMENTS
|Unsustainably high reading fees. 15% of publishing has not been made open due to author’s choice. Publisher did not agree to make OA mandatory. Actual number of published articles corresponds well with expected output. Submission system, access, customer service and reporting of statistics is working well.|
|Request contact to the licensee||contact [at] esac-initiative [dot] org|