To help research institutions, their libraries, and library consortia better understand their position in the scholarly publishing market and make strategic considerations regarding their interactions with commercial publishers, the ESAC Initiative has relaunched its Market Watch to inform the broader community of a number of key trends in the demographics and distribution of scholarly journal […]
A small group of open access publishers recently posted a collective statement on the Frontiers platform making a number of assertions and recommendations with regard to transformative agreements. A close reading of the statement reveals an understandable, if misdirected, level of frustration among the signatory publishers, likely fomented by a lack of first-hand knowledge of […]
According to a freshly published survey report by the European University Association, one billion euros per year is the amount paid in Europe for accessing scholarly publications, while the bulk of these costs fall on Europe’s universities. EUA releases updated mapping of major publishing contracts mentioning ESAC as an important initiative to increase transparency: https://eua.eu/resources/publications/829:2019-big-deals-survey-report.html
The Sustaining the Knowledge Commons project at the at the University of Ottawa performed an analysis on APC pricing of the #openaccess publishers BioMed Central and Frontiers. Both publishers show substanial price increases in just one year, most significantly at BioMed Central where the average processing fee was $1402 in 2018 and is $2200 today: […]
Today, Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe published an introduction to the basic principles of Transformative Agreements on Scholarly Kitchen referncing the ESAC initiative.
The Norwegian consortium for higher education and research organized by Unit,and global information analytics business Elsevier agreed to a pilot national license, providing Norwegian researchers with access to global academic research while making Norwegian research accessible through open access publishing. Read the press release
The University of California and Cambridge University Press have entered into a transformative agreement that will advance the global shift toward an open access future for research. Read the press release
CzechELib, the National Centre for Electronic Information Resources of the Czech Republic and De Gruyter have signed an agreement to provide access to De Gruyter journal collections. The agreement also provides authors affiliated to the subscribing institutions with an open access publishing option in both hybrid and “gold” De Gruyter open access journals with no […]