NEWS

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: https://eua.eu/resources/publications/829:2019-big-deals-survey-report.html

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 […]

1st DEAL done – All German research articles in Wiley journals to be published open access under new transformative agreement

Germany’s Projekt DEAL and the publisher John Wiley & Sons have entered a ground-breaking transformative agreement, in line with the objectives of the Open Access 2020 initiative. Under this new agreement, all authors affiliated with 700 academic institutions in Germany will retain copyright and their accepted articles will be published open access in Wiley journals. […]

EUA asks European Commission to investigate lack of competition in the scholarly publishing business sector

The EUA Council adopted a statement on 26 October 2018 expressing its concern about the lack of transparency and competition in the scholarly publishing business sector in Europe. The statement, addressed to the European Commission, asks for an investigation to clarify if competition rules guarantee fair competition market conditions. Read full press release

Happy Open Access Week! Let’s develop a culture of sharing! ESAC Initiative becomes an information-sharing hub for OA negotiators

As anticipated at the ICOLC meeting in London and the OA2020 Transformation Lab in Prague, we announce the re-launch of the ESAC Initiative and website (https://esac-initiative.org/) with a number of extremely valuable crowd-sourced tools and resources related to transitional license models (ie Offsetting, Read & Publish, etc.). With more and more library consortia and individual […]

2018’s Workshop report published

This year, the ESAC initiative hosted a workshop on APC pricing mechanisms to discuss how institutions can develop their own goals in this respect, in order to progress towards a sustainable and transparent APC market. The workshop report outlines the participant’s common understanding of APC pricing as well as strategies to mitigate the potential risks […]

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