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 […]

Webinar: Talk with the experts about the new ESAC Resources on Transformative Agreements

On Wednesday, 19th January 2022, members of the ESAC community will share a few of their personal experiences in preparing, negotiating and implementing transformative agreements and their insights which informed the creation of the recently published resources “ESAC Reference Guide on Transformative Agreements”, “How Transformative Is It” spectrum and the “2021 Enhancements to the ESAC Workflow […]

New ESAC Resources on Transformative Agreements

The open access transition underway in scholarly journal publishing is transforming library services, workflows, financial streams and, naturally, library relationships with publishers. With the growth rate of open access publishing far outpacing that of the underlying scholarly journal market, there is increasing awareness that libraries cannot afford not to have an open access transition strategy. […]

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

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