Estelle, Lorraine, Dave Jago, and Alicia Wise. 2021. “How to Enable Smaller Independent Publishers to Participate in OA Agreements”. Wellcome Trust. Research Report.

The objective of this project has been to measure progress on Open Access (OA) agreements since early 2020, while focusing on OA agreements between consortia/libraries and smaller independent publishers facing challenges in efforts to negotiate and implement transformative OA agreements.

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Pablo Markin

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4 months ago

This report tentatively suggests that the growth in the hybrid Open Access sector in 2020 is not unrelated to the challenges that Open Access agreements entail, such as university-level budget allocation complexities, the patchwork, subject-area-oriented nature of these agreements that can leave researchers in under-funded departments, such as humanities and social sciences, facing article processing charges vis-à-vis Open Access journals, and the publisher-side emphasis on journal-level financial sustainability, which can contrast with the pricing structures of transformational agreements and the diversity of cost allocation models among university and library consortia.

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3 months ago

As this report also highlights, for the Subscribe-to-Open (S2O) model to work, it demands continuous support from library stakeholders, such as for transitioning scholarly journals to article processing charges (APC)-free Open Access, as exemplified by journal flip agreements between Knowledge Unlatched and journal publishers which are funded by libraries participating in S2O frameworks.