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 default in scholarly communication, these subscription-based systems will have to be reengineered so that open access is the norm and not the exception. Transformative agreements provide a framework for both libraries and publishers to initiate this process of transformation and effectively bring open access to researchers wherever they choose to publish.

To illustrate how, the next session of the ESAC Community of Practice will explore how libraries, library consortia and publishers are using transformative agreements to adapt their systems and prepare their organizations for open access in research communication on a large scale.

Focusing on the first point of contact with authors at the start of the scholarly publishing cycle, our guest speakers will share how they are reorienting their communication and engagement strategies with authors, adjusting mechanisms behind article submission process, and more.

Guest speakers
Claire Moulton, The Company of Biologists
Michael Schlachter, Max Planck Digital Library


Register now for the ESAC Community of Practice on Thursday, May 19th, 2022.
Come with your own experience and questions, as plenty of time will be allotted for discussion.

Date and time
Thursday, May 19th, 2022
9:00 – 10:00 and 17:00 – 18:00 CET / 8:00 – 9:00 and 16:00 – 17:00 GMT

All are welcome upon registration.
Slot 1 (congenial for Europe, Africa, Asia, Oceania time zones)
Slot 2 (congenial for The Americas, Europe, Africa time zones)


About the ESAC Community of Practice calls “Putting Open Access into Practice”
Through the framework of transformative agreements, libraries and library consortia are transforming their workflows, data streams, administrative processes, organizational structures and budget lines, in order to prepare for a fully open access paradigm in scholarly communication. From this evolution, new standards and good practice are continuously emerging. The ESAC Community of Practice calls, Putting Open Access into Practice, are opportunities for library and consortium staff—as well as publishers and other stakeholders—to exchange experiences in operationalizing open access on a large scale through transformative and other OA publishing frameworks.