Open Access

Open Access Transformation in Switzerland & Germany

Christian Gutknecht published an exciting posting on the Swiss EUR 57 million Elsevier deal in which he outlines the transformative Open Access agreement between Elsevier and swissuniversities. 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 […]

Max Planck Society and American Physical Society sign transformative Open Access agreement

As stated in a press release the Max Planck Society and American Physical Society (APS) signed a pilot transformative Open Access agreement. This agreement allows Max Planck Gesellschaft (MPG) authors to publish open access in hybrid and fully open access peer-reviewed journals published by APS, including highly-selective flagship titles such as Physical Review Letters and […]

Study on the qualitative perception of Open Access

A contract study on the qualitative perception of Open Access was completed at the end of last year. The study was carried out as part of the third-party funded project visOA: Making Open Access publications visible in the holdings of a library, funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research and conducted by the […]

Crowdfunding: Survey on Open Access at universities and research institutions

Currently I am planning to offer the development of a questionnaire on Open Access at universities and research institutions. Some of the topics would be the acceptance of Open Access by researchers, the acceptance of in-house Open Access services, and gaps in the service portfolio. Since the offer is intended for libraries or other institutions […]

Updated list of highly cited open-access journals

Yesterday the National Contact Point Open Access OA2020-DE (Germany) published an updated list of of frequently cited open-access journals. The list comprises 800 Open Access journals; it is based on data from the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) that is enriched with SNIP-Scores (Source Normalized Impact per Paper). SNIP relies on citation information from […]

Germany: Implementation of a competence and networking platform in the field of Open Access

On the 20th of May, the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung, BMBF) announced a funding programme for implementation of a competence and networking platform in the field of Open Access. Here is some information from the call for proposals… Objective „With the funding initiative for the competence and […]

Norway and Elsevier meet a eighteen million Euro agreement including a Gold Open Access clause

The Norwegian consortium for higher education and research and the publishing house Elsevier agreed two days ago to a national license. This provides Norwegian researchers not only access to articles published in Elsevier’s journals (including the society journals as The Lancet or CELL Press) but also the opportunity to publish their results Open Access. Seven […]

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