Author: ESAC

How transformative agreements are enabling the open access transition

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 […]

EUA publishes 2019 Big Deals Survey Report

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:

Analysis reveals a 57% price increase in BioMed Central APCs within one year

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: […]

Norway and Elsevier Agree on Pilot National Licence for Research Access and Publishing

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

De Gruyter and CzechELib sign “read and publish” agreement for access and open access

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 […]

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