List of frequently cited open-access journals updated

Last month the updated version of the CWTS Journal Indicator of Leiden University appeared. We took this as an opportunity to update our list of frequently cited open-access journals with the new SNIP values and also to update the metadata from the DOAJ. The searchable list now contains around 800 open-access journals from almost all scientific disciplines and helps researchers to select suitable open-access journals from their discipline for submission.

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Subscribe to Open - A model for the open access-transformation of journals

In the field of open-access transformation of scientific journals, many different paths have been established. In selecting the appropriate model, not only the publication culture is taken into account, but also the composition of readers, authors and subscribers. In addition to factors such as acceptance of publication costs on the part of the authors (more likely to exist in the natural and health sciences), the overlap between readers and authors as well as the amount and typology of the subscribing institutions also play a role. For example, an Article Processing Charges (APCs)-based model can hardly be implemented in the humanities and social sciences, not least because the resources and acceptance for APCs are not available there. Thus, alternative transformation logics and approaches are needed, which take into account the other factors mentioned.

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Libraries and publishers as partners: 3rd OA2020-DE transformation workshop in Bielefeld

Libraries and publishers as partners in the open-access publication process

How can a common understanding between the actors of the scientific publication system and a resulting common path for the implementation of the open-access transformation be developed? Under this central question, an open-access transformation workshop organised by OA2020-DE took place for the third time in Bielefeld on 03 and 04 April 2019 (Agenda). The aim was to provide the participating publishers and libraries with information on various developments and approaches of the open-access transformation as well as ideas on how to implement them in their own library and publishing practice. In addition, the direct exchange between them served to answer the central question.

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Report on the Hands-On-Lab "New business models and workflows in open access" at the 7th Library Congress 2019

Report on the Hands-On-Lab "New business models and workflows in open access" at the 7th Library Congress 2019

There are far more open-access business models than the established variants of Article or Book Processing Charges. The Hands-On Lab "New business models and workflows in open access" organised by us at the 7th Library Congress (= 108th Library Day) in Leipzig therefore aimed to present the participants with concepts and ideas for further/other business models in the field of open-access publishing. The common basis is the understanding of scientific publishers, intermediaries, traders and libraries as partners in the publication process.

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Meaning and Opportunities of the DEAL-Wiley Contract for the Open-Access Transformation

Meaning and Opportunities of the DEAL-Wiley Contract for the Open-Access Transformation

With the signing of the Wiley contract on 15 January 2019, the alliance project DEAL has achieved key project goals:

  • to improve the provision of information to participating academic institutions by extending reading access to all the journals published by Wiley,
  • the expansion of open-access publishing in the Wiley hybrid and gold open-access journals for the authors of the participating institutions.

We recommend that all eligible institutions (see "What institutions can participate?" in the DEAL Wiley FAQs) sign the sign-up letter and the participation statement by 18 April 2019. The DEAL-Wiley contract marks not only the entry into the large-scale open-access transformation in Germany, it offers above all the scientists of participating institutions clear advantages:

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FID <intR>², Peter Lang and Knowledge Unlatched launch joint open-access eBook model: Open Access IT Law

The Specialised Information Service for International and Interdisciplinary Legal Research has initiated a project together with the publishing house Peter Lang and Knowledge Unlatched (based on the OPEN Library Political Science) to build an Open Library IT-Law - the project Open Access IT Law.

Under the terms of the agreement, Peter Lang undertakes to publish ten legal monographs in Gold Open Access per year for an initial period of three years starting in 2019. Due to the financial contribution of FID, parts of the total costs are already covered.

As a foretaste are already five titles from the back list provided open access and via the OA repository of the FID retrievable (Open Access IT Law).

More information can be found on the project page and in the At-a-Glance document.

If you would also like to participate in the financing of Open Access IT Law, please contact Catherine Anderson from Knowledge Unlatched directly.

APCs — Mirroring the impact factor or legacy of the subscription-based model? Conclusion.

This blog post is part of a series that explains the study “APCs — Mirroring the impact factor or legacy of the subscription-based model?” of OA2020-DE.

In the last blog post, we analyzed by means of multivariate regression whether and how the level of actually paid APCs is explained by

  • the citation impact (SNIP) of a journal,
  • whether the journal is hybrid or not,
  • which publisher issues the journal,
  • for which subject area the journal is relevant, and
  • the year of the payment.

Moreover, we checked whether the effect of citation impact differs for open-access vs. hybrid journals. Now, we will discuss the conclusions and their implications for the financial aspects of the open-access transformation.

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APCs — Mirroring the impact factor or legacy of the subscription-based model? Regression analysis.

This blog post is part of a series that explains the study “APCs — Mirroring the impact factor or legacy of the subscription-based model?” of OA2020-DE.

In the last blog post, we analyzed the relationship between the variables with the help of simple, statistical measures. The results indicate that there is positive relationship between APCs, the citation impact (SNIP) and whether the journals is hybrid (costlier and with more impact) or open-access (cheaper and with less impact). However, to state a causal relationship, one needs to run a careful regression analysis.

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SUB Göttingen and Copernicus Publications will start the National Consortium for Central Payment Processing of Article Processing Charges on 1.1.2019

Press Release

Göttingen. 14 scientific institutions have joined the national opt-in consortium for the central payment processing of APCs for articles of all journals of the open-access publishing house Copernicus Publications. This is an important signal for the open-access community and libraries because it makes it clear that open-access transformation – in this case of acquisition funds – includes open-access publishers.

Based on the concept of the National Contact Point Open Access OA2020-DE, the Lower Saxony State and University Library Göttingen and the publisher Copernicus Publications have jointly developed and set up the consortium. The term is for two years (2019–2020), and eligible are all universities and scientific institutions that are also eligible for participation in a national or alliance licence.

The consortium enables corresponding authors affiliated with the participating institutions to publish free of charge for them in the 43 gold open-access journals in the fields of geography, engineering and life sciences for two years. The articles are financed by a prepayment deposited at the beginning of each year. They will be published under a CC-BY license, including the automatic delivery of the repositories of the consortium participants with the XML metadata and the full-text PDF.


Lower Saxony State and University Library Göttingen, Platz der Göttinger Sieben 1, 37073 Göttingen, Germany;

Copernicus Publications, Bahnhofsallee 1e, 37081 Göttingen, Germany;

Press Release

1st DEAL done – All German research articles in Wiley journals to be published open access under new transformative agreement

(This blog post was published first by Kai Geschuhn at the ESAC blog).

Germany’s Projekt DEAL and the publisher John Wiley & Sons have entered a ground-breaking transformative agreement, in line with the objectives of the Open Access 2020 initiative.

Under this new agreement, all authors affiliated with 700 academic institutions in Germany will retain copyright and their accepted articles will be published open access in Wiley journals. Almost 10,000 articles by German researchers are published a year in Wiley journals, constituting around 9% of the publisher’s total output. The agreement also grants students and faculty read access to the full Wiley journal portfolio including backfiles starting with 1997. The national-level agreement is based on a “publish and read” model in which fees are paid by institutions—not for subscriptions but for open access publishing services.

The agreement will be made public in a month’s time and an English-language FAQ will be released by the Projekt DEAL working group.

Read the official press release.