State of the Art Open Access Publishing: The Impact of Transformative Agreement
Wednesday 17 March 2021, 01:00am - 02:00pm
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For nearly 20 years, the research community has sought to overturn the subscription business model in scholarly journal publishing to unlock the potentials of digital technologies and enable an open research environment. While more than a decade of efforts have bolstered institutional repositories and other open access publishing alternatives, these efforts have had little impact in challenging the market dominance of the large commercial publishers. More recently publisher open access negotiations have been identified as a viable pathway to finally regain some control over how existing scholarly journals are financed, to deliver open access publishing options to authors in the journals they prefer. Now, the number of transformative open access agreements being negotiated, globally, is growing exponentially, bringing together national library consortia, institutions and publishers of all shapes and sizes in the transition of scholarly publishing to open access. As the transition picks up speed, what impact are these agreements having in the transition of scholarly journals to open access and how are they transforming the landscape?
In his role as Deputy Director and Head of Information, Ralf Schimmer leads the licensing and scholarly publishing strategy of the Max Planck Digital Library, serving the Society’s 80+ advanced research institutes. A champion of open access in scholarly communication, he chaired the Governing Council of SCOAP3 (2014-2016), serves on the boards of many international publishers and open access initiatives, and is a project lead for the Open Access 2020 Initiative.