The dominant model of Article Processing Charges, whilst lowering financial barriers for readers, has merely erected a new paywall at the other end of the pipeline, blocking access to publication for less-privileged authors.
Backlist to the Future: a New Business Model for University Presses and Open-Access Books
The author is engaged in a project that seeks to convert publishers to business models that will allow them to publish their books openly, without using unaffordable book processing charges (which authors hate and which will not scale). As of today, the first press to take the leap: the Central European University Press can be announced. The model is called “Opening the Future”.
Open Access: Challenges and Opportunities for Low- and Middle-Income Countries and the Potential Impact of UK Policy
Open Access (OA) is central to the UK Government’s ambitions for research and innovation. Public funders are reviewing their OA policies and working collaboratively to understand how to take forward the Government’s ambitions.
Open Conversation About OA Books. Live session on October 20th
The Open Access Tracking Project (OATP), initiated in 2009, is a crowd-sourced social-tagging project that runs on open-source software. It captures news and comment on open access (OA) to research in every academic field and region of the world.
As the rush intensifies to find ways to treat and manage COVID-19, one thing is clear: researchers, along with their counterparts in industry and the health services, need unrestricted access to the research literature.
International Day for Universal Access to Information
28 September marks the first celebration of the International Day for Universal Access to Information since its proclamation by the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly, is of crucial importance.
Helping to Archive and Preserve Open Access Journals
A recent study looked at the number of journals that had "vanished" from the internet. The study is a timely reminder of how vulnerable publishing outputs are. There is an urgent need for a group of organisations to come together to find a solution and minimise this risk.
Evaluating the Impact of Open Access Policies on Research Institutions
The proportion of research outputs published in open access journals or made available on other freely-accessible platforms has increased over the past two decades, driven largely by funder mandates, institutional policies, grass-roots advocacy, and changing attitudes in the research community.
More Readers in More Places: The Benefits of Open Access for Scholarly Books
New report published by Springer Nature analyses usage patterns across open access and closed books.The results show higher geographic diversity of usage, higher numbers of downloads and more citations for open access books.
Systematize Information on Journal Policies and Practices - A Call to Action
Recently the creators of Transpose and the Platform for Responsible Editorial Policies convened an online workshop on infrastructures that provide information on scholarly journals. In this blog post they look back at the workshop and discuss next steps.
In an open letter to the European Commission and the European Research Council, the President of CESAER emphasises the full support for open access to scientific publications and the implementation of Plan S in Horizon Europe
Open Access Transformation in Switzerland & Germany: A Synopsis of Agreements with Wiley, Springer Nature & Elsevier
Since Germany has been trying for years to reach such a contract with Elsevier, it is worth comparing it with the two transformative contracts with Wiley and Springer Nature in Germany, which were reached and coordinated by Project DEAL.