Transformative agreements: one objective, a variety of approaches – OA2020/ESAC Community of Practice Call

On June 30th, 2021, the OA2020 and ESAC communities came together in a joint Community of Practice Call under the topic “Transformative agreements: one objective, a variety of approaches”. The meeting kicked off with a presentation by Ignasi Labastida, Head of the Research Unit at the University of Barcelona’s Learning and Research Resources Centre (CRAI), […]

Enabling smaller independent publishers to participate in Open Access transformative arrangements: a commitment from key stakeholders

The ongoing transition of scholarly publishing to full and immediate Open Access is a process that requires all stakeholders to adapt. Alignment amongst research funding organizations, publishers and research performing organizations – with their research communities, their libraries and library consortia – is particularly needed to enable smaller independent publishers to transition to open access […]

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 […]

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

Analysis reveals a 57% price increase in BioMed Central APCs within one year

The Sustaining the Knowledge Commons project at the at the University of Ottawa performed an analysis on APC pricing of the #openaccess publishers BioMed Central and Frontiers. Both publishers show substanial price increases in just one year, most significantly at BioMed Central where the average processing fee was $1402 in 2018 and is $2200 today: […]

Norway and Elsevier Agree on Pilot National Licence for Research Access and Publishing

The Norwegian consortium for higher education and research organized by Unit,and global information analytics business Elsevier agreed to a pilot national license, providing Norwegian researchers with access to global academic research while making Norwegian research accessible through open access publishing. Read the press release

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