ESAC cooperates with the Open APC Initiative and OA Analytics within the INTACT project

In October 2015, the open access infrastructure project INTACT has started its work. Funded by DFG, INTACT brings together three already existing initiatives which will now collaborate under one roof: The Open APC platform at Bielefeld University Library collects cost information for open access article charges from university and research institutions. The constantly growing dataset […]

German science organisations publish position paper on Open Access

A working Group in the priority initiative “Digital Information” of the German Alliance of Science Organisations has recently launched a position paper on Open Access. The paper aims shaping the underlying conditions for the transition of the current subscription based journal market to Open Access. This includes the determination of basic principles such as market […]

Outsell media business report on Open Access observes lack of robust infrastructure for OA

According to the latest Outsell media business report “Open Access: Market Size, Share, Forecast, and Trends” the lack of infrastructure for Open Access transactions is one reason for the predicted decline of growth on the OA market. Outsell estimates that a robust infrastructure will not be in place until at least 2017: “Once open access […]

Case Study published “Management of article processing charges – challenges for libraries”

Max Planck Digital Library published a case study in the UKSG journal “Insights”. The paper describes the individual steps required in order to assume charges centrally for open access publications at the Max Planck Digital Library. Currently, there is a range of potential barriers that may emerge during this process. In order to establish more […]

Max Planck Digital Library published White Paper on Open Access Transition

The whitepaper “Disrupting the subscription journals’ business model for the necessary large-scale transformation to open access” makes the strong, fact-based case for a large-scale transformation of the current corpus of scientific subscription journals to an open access business model. The existing journals, with their well-tested functionalities, should be retained and developed to meet the demands […]

German OpenAPC initiative releases dataset on fees paid for Open Access journal articles

Bielefeld University started to aggregate data from German universities and research organizations revealing costs per article for Open Access journal publishing. The participating institutions agreed to make their figures openly available via a GitHub under an Open Database License. Bielefeld University established a process to normalize data by using the CrossRef API and DOAJ. The […]

The Practical Side of Open Access – Building an APC Billing Infrastructure

This years’ APE Conference (Academic Publishing in Europe) is hosting session on APC billing infrastructure, moderated by Ralf Schimmer from the Max Planck Digital Library. Different perspectives from all parties engaged in the billing process will be presented. See the details of the APE conference program Conference hashtag #ape2015 Follow ESAC on twitter @ESACInitiative

Open Access Roundtable hosted by Copyright Clearance Center

On October 6th last year Copyright Clearance Center (CCC) organized a roundtable at University College London where they brought together UK institutions and publishers from both the US and UK. CCC is offering RightsLink for Open Access as an intermediary tool for accounting APCs. RightsLink currently cooperates with Aries Editorial Manager, a system used by […]

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