rscrap2017mpdl

Publisher

RSC

Agreement ID rscrap2017mpdl
Agreement labeling RSC Read and Publish
Has the agreement been fully disclosed and published? no
Agreement period 01/01/2017 – 12/31/2018
Consortia / Institution Max Planck Digital Library
Country Germany
SIZE

Approximate range of annual corresponding author publications

140
COSTS

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

Cost increase
Comments  Cost increase recognizing the fact that our article output would not have been covered by the former subscription spending level
FINANCIAL SHIFT

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

Subscriptions fully converted to oa publishing fees (access related costs 5% or less)
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 exeeding or not reaching the number of oa publishing entitlements?

The number of oa publishing entitlements matched the number of expected publications and was above the number of articles that were in fact relevant for calculating the publishing fee. If the number of entitlements would have been reached, additional publishing fees would have been charged for each additional article. In the case of not reaching the agreed number of publications at all, a fall back subscription only fee was contracted.
OA COVERAGE

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

Yes
Are fully open access journals covered by the agreement? No
OA LICENCE CC-BY mandatory
ARTICLE TYPES
Original research articles
Review articles
ACCESS COSTS

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

1%-5%
ACCESS COVERAGE

Are all read relevant journals covered by the agreement?

yes
PERPETUAL ACCESS RIGHTS yes
WORKFLOW ASSESSMENT Ok
Comments on workflows
 
Overall assessment is ok, however a lot of manual work seems to be involved at RSC. For a more detailed workflow assessment see https://esac-initiative.org/about/oa-workflows/workflow-assessment/
OVERALL ASSESSMENT AND COMMENTS

 

The agreement provided a good framework for a stepwise cost alignement with our actual publishing numbers. In addition, reading related cost components were insignificant which is the right approach for transformative agreements.
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