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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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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