Community of Practice Call – How are transformative agreements actually transforming the subscription system and enabling an open paradigm?

Transformative agreements are those contracts negotiated between institutions (libraries, national and regional consortia) and publishers in which library funds previously used to pay for subscription access are used, instead, to support the costs of open access publishing of articles of an institution’s or consortium members’ researchers—as well as the reading access required for content still behind the paywall. But in what way are they actually transitional and transformative?

On Wednesday, 23 March, 2022 the ESAC Community of Practice met to discuss how they are adapting their workflows, data streams, administrative processes, organizational structures and budget lines to prepare for a fully open access paradigm in scholarly publishing.

Using the OA transformation drivers illustrated in ESAC’s How Transformative Is It? spectrum as a basis, Arja Tuuliniemi, Head of Licensing at the National Library of Finland/FinELib consortium and Graham Anderson, Interim Head of Publishing Operations at The Royal Society, kicked off the open discussion with insights from within their organizations.