OA2020-DE research report on the number of publications at German science institutions published


OA2020-DE research report on the number of publications and distribution of scientific articles in the context of open-access transformation at German research institutions published

The aim of the open-access transformation is to convert the standard business model for scientific publishers from subscription to open-access publishing. This will involve changes in the business processes and billing logic, which in future will focus on the individual publication. The DEAL contract with Wiley is a first step, which will be followed by others (see the DEAL-Springer-MoU). Of course, the burdens and reliefs resulting from this new calculation model will be unequal and, above all, distributed differently than in the previous subscription model and this will result in requirements for a financial and structural reorganization of the individual scientific institutions. Supporting scientific institutions in this is one of the tasks of the "National Contact Point Open Access OA2020-DE" project, in which the report presented here has been prepared.

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How to build a community? Start of ENABLE, a platform for cooperative projects in open access


Invitation to cooperation - ENABLE! Libraries, Publishers and Authors for Open Access in the Humanities and Social Sciences

Libraries have long been familiar with collective structures for the joint acquisition of content in the form of consortia. However, crowdfunding models for the open-access provision of publications are new territory for libraries (and publishers), since this model is not only about joint financing, but above all about joint enabling of open-access publications. Libraries thus become part of a constellation of actors in the publication process that also includes publishers and authors.

Our common concern is therefore the development of an inclusive open-access culture, supported by all those involved, which ties in with the tried and tested and at the same time opens up to new ideas. To ensure this, we need an exchange of experience, new forms of cooperation and changed financing models. We would like to see the diversity of actors in the world of humanities and social sciences publishing as a wealth and to use it to create something that offers advantages for all those involved and offers libraries and publishers a solid perspective for the future in a new partnership constellation.

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Successful adaption of the OPEN Library to a sub-discipline of pedagogy


wbv Media is paving the way for Open Access in the field of education to the benefit of scholars and librarians

[Press release]

A collaboration with OA2020-DE and Knowledge Unlatched

Bielefeld/Berlin, September 3rd 2019: wbv Publikation – a division of wbv Media GmbH & Co. KG – is launching, together with the National Open-Access-Kontaktpunkt OA2020-DE, the project „OPEN Library Erwachsenbildung, Berufs- und Wirtschaftspädagogik“. Thanks to a cooperative financing model, the initiative will allow for 20 frontlist titles in the fields of Adult Education and Vocational & Business Education to be published Open Access as of 2020. Knowledge Unlatched will coordinate the funding efforts.

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2nd round transcript OPEN Library - first three pledges achieved


We received our first three pledges for the ebook-openaccess-transformation-project transcript OPEN Library Political Science 2020! It's good to have

  • University Library Frankfurt/Main,
  • University Library Kassel and
  • Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin - Preußischer Kulturbesitz

on board! And we are sure that more will follow.

Find out more about the project:

Are APCs the dominant business model for open-access journals?


Are APCs the dominant business model for open-access journals?

…Or is it just one important among many others?

That is an open question. To approach it, we looked into available figures on open-access journals.

Out of the 13,337 journals that are listed in the DOAJ, a broad majority (9,752 journals) do not charge APCs (there is no information according APCs for 53 journals, as of 2019-06-05). However, the largest open-access journals, which partially have a very high reputation, pursue quite often an APC business model, for example, PLOS ONE, Scientific Reports, Nature Communications, RSC Advances, Optics Express and Nucleic Acids Research. These journals publish minimum one thousand articles, reviews and proceedings papers per year. So, what’s right?

As often the answer is: It depends.

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transcript OPEN Library Political Science enters second round


After the successful first round of the transcript OPEN Library Political Science (2019), the follow-up project can now be started: The transcript publishing house's entire frontlist Political Science 2020 is now available for open-access transformation in the consortium model (crowdfunding). And once again, the Political Science Information Service (POLLUX) will be there as a supporter, paying 25% of the package costs.

The transcript OPEN Library Political Science in a nutshell

  • 22 new titles
  • Instead of purchasing a licence to access the content, participating libraries help to make content available open access
  • Thanks to the collaborative model the costs per institution can be kept at an affordable level
  • A minimum of 30 pledging libraries is required. If the minimum level of 30 libraries is not reached, then no frontlist titles will be made available OA and no library will be charged
  • The maximum price per participant is € 2,420 (excl. VAT)
  • Participation is possible via a library supplier (Dietmar Dreier International Library Supplier, Missing Link mail order bookstore, Schweitzer Fachinformation) or via an account with Knowledge Unlatched
  • The pledging period will remain open until 30th November 2019

Find out more: https://www.transcript-verlag.de/open-library-politikwissenschaft and at the pages of OA2020-DE: transcript OPEN Library Political Science

Organization-specific usage reports for open-access publications: useful or unnecessary?


Organization-specific usage reports for open-access publications: useful or unnecessary?

In scientific libraries, loan statistics and standardized usage statistics (COUNTER reports) are well-established instruments for the library acquisition management. In the course of the open-access transformation, the collection and usefulness of organization-specific usage reports are called into question (see, e.g. Rösch, Henriette (2019): Open Access als Zumutung für die Erwerbung? Auswirkungen der Open-Access-Transformation auf die Erwerbungs- und Bestandspolitik der Bibliotheken. In: b.i.t.online 22 (3). Online available at https://www.b-i-t-online.de/heft/2019-03-fachbeitrag-roesch.pdf). The Association of European Research Libraries (LIBER) considers this issue as an essential requirement in its principles for negotiations with publishers (“Usage Reports Should Include Open Access”); others have a quite different position. We think that it is important to collect and evaluate organization-specific usage statistics for open-access publications. This blog post explains the reasons and aims at contributing to the ongoing discussion.

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Post-Grant Fund of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research for Open-Access Publications


Financial support possible for open-access publications from completed BMBF-funded projects

In its open-access strategy, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research in Germany (Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung - BMBF) aims at fostering the open-access transformation with a set of measures that seek to make open-access standard in the area of scholarly publishing. Along the lines of the „FP7 post-grant Open Access pilot“ 2015–2018 of the European Commission, the BMBF set up a post-grant fund for open-access publications. Researchers can apply for funds to cover charges for open-access publications that resulted from finished BMBF-funded projects. A full funding can be granted for charges up to EUR 2,000 (excl. VAT) for each open-access publication.

On several occasions, the National Contact Point Open Access OA2020-DE was asked whether this BMBF post-grant funding is applicable to articles in journals only or to books as well. We contacted the project management agency, which is responsible for the implementation of the post-grant fund, with this question. They clarified that also open-access books can be funded via the BMBF post-grant fund under the same conditions (e.g. the same maximum amount).

We would like to encourage research and higher education organizations with an open-access advisory service to point BMBF-funded researcher to the possibility of this funding for covering open-access publication charges.

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.

Link to the list: https://oa2020-de.org/en/pages/frequentlycitedoajournals/

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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