Guidance document Open Access Publication Funds - Establishment and Funding Conditions


2019 Open Access Week Theme

As part of this year's International Open Access Week, we would like to refer you to a publication by the Austrian Open Access Project AT2OA: The guidance document "Open Access Publication Funds - Establishment and Funding Conditions" was created to provide a framework for the development of funding conditions for Open Access Publication Funds especially for institutions planning to set up an Open Access Publication Fund. In addition, it is meant to support a critical review of the funding conditions of existtng publication funds.

In keeping with this year's theme "Open for Whom? Equity in Open Knowledge", the paper offers a number of recommendations for standardising funding conditions with the aim of providing a clear framework for scientists, increasing cost efficiency and communicating uniform standards to Publishers.

You can find the guidance document on Zenodo: https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.2653724.

More than half is done! 19 Pledges for second run of OPEN Library Political Science


The second round of the OPEN Library Political Science is also well on its way to becoming a complete success!

Since the 14th of October there are 17 full and 2 sponsoring light pledges for the second run of transcript OPEN Library Political Science 2020. On the one hand, more than half of the minimum participants are reached and, on the other hand, the response shows a continuously high level of interest in transparent and valid models for open-access transformation, especially in the humanities and social sciences.

Therefore, we are very pleased about the participation of the following libraries:

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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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