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New project to review progress on transformative Open Access agreements between library consortia and smaller independent publishers


The follow up to the “Society Publishers Accelerating Open access and Plan S” project

cOAlition S aims to work with learned societies, libraries, library consortia, publishers, and other stakeholders to accelerate the transition to Open Access. Following up on the outcomes of the Society Publishers Accelerating Open access and Plan S (SPA-OPS) project, the European Science Foundation, on behalf of cOAlition S and the Association of Learned & Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP), has commissioned Information Power to deliver a study to review progress on transformative and other Open Access agreements between library consortia and smaller independent publishers.

The project has three key objectives:

  • It will measure progress on Open Access (OA) agreements since the SPA-OPS project ended in early 2020, including agreements reached in the UK, elsewhere in Europe and internationally, via groups such as EIFL.
  • It will engage libraries, library consortia, learned society publishers, and other independent publishers to understand the factors which lead to success in concluding and implementing transformative OA agreements.
  • It will develop a set of recommendations for funders, libraries, library consortia and publishers, aiming to lead to more OA agreements with society publishers across domains in the scope of cOAlition S funders and more broadly.

The project is launched today, 1 December 2020, and will be delivered by 31 March 2021.

If you are interested to get involved, or you need further information, please contact info@informationpower.co.uk

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Notes to Editors

  • Plan S is an initiative for Open Access publishing that was launched in September 2018. The plan is supported by cOAlition S, an international consortium of research funding and performing organisations. Plan S requires that, from 2021, scientific publications that result from research funded by public grants must be published in compliant Open Access journals or platforms.
  • The Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP) is an international membership trade body that supports and represents not-for-profit organizations and institutions that publish scholarly and professional content.  With over 300 members in 30 countries, membership also includes those that work with these publishers.
  • Information Power Ltd is a consultancy service specialising in Open Access and research information. Its principals, Dr Alicia Wise and Lorraine Estelle, have been at the forefront of innovations in scholarly publishing for over 25 years. The team works with a network of associates to serve funders, libraries, consortia, publishers, agents, vendors, and universities around the world.