Transformative Agreements

Community of Practice Call – Enabling open access: author engagement and article submission processes under transformative agreements

Making it easy for researchers to publish their articles open access is not just a question of eliminating—or significantly lowering—the financial obstacles of APCs. Library and publisher processes, workflows, and communication streams are still deeply rooted in the old logic of accessing and producing content behind subscription paywalls. In order for “open” to become the […]

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 […]

New open resource: the ESAC Market Watch on key trends as scholarly journal publishing transitions to OA

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 […]

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 […]