ESAC at 1000 and counting! TA registry charts global uptick in open publishing agreements

The ESAC Transformative Agreement Registry has surpassed the milestone of one thousand agreements!

The ESAC Registry has so far documented the negotiations of libraries and consortia in more than 70 countries with 60+ publishers, which have enabled scholars and scientists from around the world to publish more than 1 million peer-reviewed articles immediately open access and without author-facing fees.

With well over 100 new entries since the beginning of the year, the ESAC Registry has seen a recent uptick in submissions, with contributions from libraries and consortia in, among others, the United States, South Africa, Germany and Hong Kong, and first-time agreements from Singapore, South Korea and China.

An open tool developed by and for the international library community, the ESAC Registry stands as the most extensive collection of agreement data, terms and conditions, with near comprehensive coverage of agreements signed by national-level library consortia. Yet with the more recent growth in transformative open publishing agreements signed by individual institutions across Asia and the Americas, more entries are needed to keep the picture up to date.

We invite institutions whose agreements are not yet in the registry to submit them, and thus actively contribute to the improvement and acceleration of the open access transition globally—here’s how:

  • the submission process prompts a self-evaluation of how each agreement introduces stepwise improvements as the scope of agreements shifts from subscriptions to open access publishing, allowing for reflection and potential refinement of strategies
  • institutions participate in a culture of transparency and information sharing, contributing valuable insights that can inform further negotiations and assist others in evaluating the impact of their own agreements
  • the Registry feeds into the ESAC Market Watch, playing a crucial role in building a comprehensive overview of the scholarly publishing landscape in transition

Enter your agreements by filling out this form with the public-facing details of your institutional agreement (share as much/little as you wish).

If you have any questions, do get in touch with us at contact [at] esac-initiative [dot] org