ESAC Reference Guide to Transformative Agreements – now expanded and updated
In December 2021, ESAC published a detailed Reference Guide to orient academic librarians and library consortium staff in negotiating and implementing transformative open access agreements. The Guide builds on the knowledge and insights of an ‘expert group’ within the ESAC community with significant experience in strategy development, negotiations and operationalizing open access within their institutions, making it an essential and authoritative resource. Since its publication just over a year ago, the ESAC Reference Guide has been used and referenced in library contexts around the world, and the number of transformative agreements entered in the ESAC Registry has nearly doubled.
With the continued growth in implementation of TAs and central OA publishing agreements, actors in the scholarly communication and open access ecosystem have produced many new sources that are highly relevant for preparing, negotiating and implementing OA agreements. The Reference Guide has therefore been expanded and updated to integrate these new sources, making the Guide even more robust and comprehensive. New sources reference in the Guide include, among others:
- Analyzing Institutional Publishing Output: A Short Course by Allison Langham-Putrow and Ana Enriquez
- cOAlition S Journal Comparison Service
- First successful projects selected for funding through new open access community framework by Jisc
- Five ways to optimize open access uptake after a signed read and publish contract: lessons learned from the Dutch UKB consortium by Arjan Schalken
- How are transformative agreements transforming libraries? By Colleen Campbell, Ádám Dér, Kai Geschuhn, and Ana Valente
- Impact of the 2022 OSTP Memo: A Bibliometric Analysis of U.S. Federally Funded Publications, 2017-2021 by Eric Schares
- Investments in Open: Association of Research Libraries US University Member Expenditures on Services, Collections, Staff, and Infrastructure in Support of Open Scholarship by Cynthia Hudson Vitale and Judy Ruttenberg
- Long term global trends in open access. A data paper by Katja Heidbach, Johannes Knaus, Ingo Laut, and Margit Palzenberger
- Monitoring Open Access publishing of NWO-funded research (2015-2021) by Ludo Waltman and Wout S. Lamers
- Recommendations on the Transformation of Academic Publishing: Towards Open Access by the German Science and Humanities Council | Wissenschaftsrat (2022)
- Retrospective and prospective study of the evolution of APC costs and electronic subscriptions for French institutions by Antoine Blanchard, Diane Thierry, and Maurits van der Graaf
- Scholarly Communication Analytics: How open are hybrid journals included in nationwide transformative agreements in Germany? by Najko Jahn and Nick Haupka
- Society Publishers’ Coalition: a shared commitment to open scholarship by Dimensions and Society Publishers’ Coalition
- The Fully OA agreement – an essential component of a diverse open access world by the OASPA Fully OA Journal Publishers Interest Group
- Toolkit to foster Open Access Agreements by cOAlition S and the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP)
The ESAC community includes library practitioners who develop open resources and share good practice via mentorship, dedicated working groups and other activities. Seeking to create efficiencies and to standardize the many library tasks related to open access publishing on a large scale, the scope of ESAC spans data gathering and analytics, author and library open access workflows, agreement terms, stakeholder engagement, and more.
If you would like to be matched with a mentor or are interested in participating in any of ESAC’s working groups and activities, contact us with your area of interest.