rsc2018tib

Publisher

RSC

Agreement ID rsc2018tib
Agreement labeling RSC Journals Read & Publish
Has the agreement been disclosed and published? No
Agreement period 01/01/2018 – 31/12/2020
Consortia / Institution TIB National Consortium
Country Germany
SIZE

Approximate range of annual corresponding author publications

420
Comments on size/ article output The number of OA-articles of a license year corresponds to the number of articles corresponding authors published two years before.
COSTS

How do the costs of the agreement relate to previous subscription-only agreements with the publisher?

Cost increase
Comments on cost development The price development is very different for the individual participants. There are significant price increases for small institutions due to a high reading fee and also for institutions with a large article output.
FINANCIAL SHIFT

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?

Reading fee is quite a large share of overall costs.
RISK SHARING

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?

There is no fixed number of articles. The publication fee which is based on the article output two years ago covers all articles published by corresponding authors in the license year.
OA COVERAGE

Are all journals relevant to your affiliated authors (in which you expect them to publish) eligible for oa publishing under the agreement?

Yes
Are fully open access journals covered by the agreement? No
OA LICENSE CC-BY variations allowed
ARTICLE TYPES
Original research articles
ACCESS COSTS

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

More than 50%
Comments  The proportion of access related costs varies a lot depending on the article output, because the reading fee are fixed and independent of the size of the institution.
ACCESS COVERAGE

Are all read relevant journals covered by the agreement?

Yes
PERPETUAL ACCESS RIGHTS Yes
WORKFLOW ASSESSMENT Practical implementation is ok, author identification and monitoring work well.
OVERALL ASSESSMENT AND COMMENTS

 

All in all, this is a very transparent and transformative Open Access agreement. The model for calculating the reading fee is also transparent and takes global developments into account. However, the reading fee itself is far too high and prevents smaller institutions from switching to the Read & Publish model. This is an important starting point for future negotiations.
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