A Publisher’s Perspective on the First Year of the Open Access Transformation in Germany Through Projekt DEAL

“Q: What have been the biggest challenges for Wiley so far?

A: On the publisher’s side, we had to build on our existing publishing infrastructure to handle Projekt DEAL articles. The timelines were extremely tight but we were able to implement the necessary adjustments for our publication workflows and systems to ensure a smooth publishing experience for eligible authors. Another challenge was to facilitate the matching process between authors and participating institutions: Without a solid and reliable workflow to identify authors from eligible institutions, it would have not been possible for us to handle Projekt DEAL articles in an efficient manner. Overcoming these obstacles helped us gain valuable experience for subsequent agreements.

Q: What have been the most significant benefits of the agreement for researchers and institutions in the first year?

A: Projekt DEAL represents a change process for all parties involved. All participants are confronted with the challenges of actively shaping this process and dealing with it in the best possible way. For libraries in Germany, Projekt DEAL is changing the way research funds and library budgets are spent: The “Publish and Read (PAR)” fee combines access to the 1,600 journals in the Wiley portfolio with the opportunity to publish research articles open access in Wiley journals, which are made available to a worldwide readership free of charge. This is not only a more sustainable way of spending budgets, but also a huge opportunity for institutions in Germany to increase their reputation worldwide. With Projekt DEAL, researchers no longer need to worry about obtaining the appropriate funding for their OA publications in Wiley journals. And many studies have shown that publishing open access results in an increase of citations and impact….”

Scholarly Publishers Are Happy to Give Stuff Away If Someone Pays Them – BNN Bloomberg

“For almost two decades, a battle has been raging over access to scholarly research. On the one side have been scholars, librarians, funders and others arguing that in an age of near-costless global communication, research findings and the data that underlie them should be shared freely and openly. On the other side have been publishers, led by Elsevier, a (very large) unit of under-the-radar London-based media giant RELX Plc,(2) fighting to maintain the remarkable profit margins that paywalled scholarly journals can provide.

That’s the simple version, at least — things have always been a little more complicated than that. But it was still jarring to observe this week in Berlin how much the battle lines have shifted.

An executive with Wiley, the third-largest academic journal publisher by revenue, got up in front of the room at the APE (which originally stood for Academic Publishing in Europe) 2020 conference to extol his company’s commitment to “open access, open data, open practices, open collaboration, open recognition and reward.” A counterpart from Springer Nature, the No. 2 publisher, proudly reeled off the paywall-free share of the papers published in Springer journals by researchers from various countries — Sweden was the champ, at 90%. And Kumsal Bayazit, who took over as chief executive officer of Elsevier last February amid tense standoffs between the company and pro-open-access university systems in Germany, California and elsewhere, declared that “Elsevier fully supports open access, as I think is the case for all scholarly publishers today.” …

Elsevier in particular has been gearing up for years to reposition itself as a data analytics provider. A report prepared last year for the pro-open-access Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition speculated that these efforts could reap big profits and give the company even more influence over universities than it wields now. …”

Open Science: How to Publish Successfully in an Open Research World Tickets, Thu 6 Feb 2020 at 15:30 | Eventbrite

“You are welcome to attend the workshop and/or the reception. Please register now for free so we know how to prepare and so we can arrange catering for the reception. Reception starts at 17:00.

This 90-minute workshop and reception is perfect for researchers at any career stage with an interest in learning more about open practices and academic publishing.

The workshop will include active discussion and presentations, designed to inspire informed and robust choices when you conduct, publish, and share your research.

You’ll leave the workshop with insights into how to publish successfully whilst adopting open research practices….”

Contribute to a major digital collection on the history of science | Jisc

“Over the last few years, we’ve been exploring new collaborative business models to support sustainable digitisation of collections and primary source material. This is in response to members’ concerns over the cost of content, pressures on time and budgets, and the limited availability of funding sources.

Jisc and Wiley have teamed up in an innovative collaboration to test a new approach for the creation of a new history of science digital collection.

The collection will support research, teaching and learning and will be freely accessible in perpetuity to all Jisc members without any access or platform charges. Once licences to the content have expired, the collection will be made available openly and authentication/password-free globally from the Wiley platform….”

Ecography’s flip to a pay‐to‐publish model – Araújo – – Ecography – Wiley Online Library

“The Nordic Society Oikos (NSO) has decided to flip Ecography from a pay?to?read model to a pay?to?publish model. All papers published after the flip, in January 2020, will become open access immediately. As a bonus, all published papers since 1997 will be also free to read.

According to NSO, the main reason for the flip is that the subscription income of Ecography is insufficient to cover the costs of publication. NSO has decided that, given the current changes in the publication landscape, the best strategy to guarantee the future of Ecography is to change its funding model.

As senior editors of Ecography (i.e. Editor?in?Chief and Deputy?Editors?in?Chief), we witness these changes with mixed feelings. On the one hand we acknowledge that there is little justification for limiting readers’ access to the scientific literature under a pay?to?read model. Most of the research published by journals is funded by taxpayers’ money and the general public should have the right to access it freely from any Internet terminal.

In an information?driven society, it is also disingenuous to allow fake news to roam freely on the Internet, while keeping the highest?standard information ever created by humankind behind paywalls. A better world will no doubt emerge from open science.

On the other hand, we share with many others the concern that a pay?to?publish system will increase inequality among authors….

The frequent flyer’s programmes of airline companies inspires the system we propose. Essentially, reviewers of manuscripts should obtain, for each review they perform for Ecography, a voucher that is worth a specified discount on the billed open access fees of their next paper in Ecography, valid for a specified time period. Within the same time window, editors will obtain vouchers worth a specified discount for every year of service.

We also propose that discounts can be granted for those that do not have institutional support or other means of paying Open Access fees. An author’s ability to pay should not influence any aspect of the review process, including the decision on whether or not the manuscript is accepted for publication….”

OhioLINK Breaks New Ground Creating Central Fund for Open Access Publications with Wiley | Wiley News Room – Press Releases, News, Events & Media

“OhioLINK, a library consortium serving 118 libraries and 89 Ohio colleges and universities, announced today the signing of a Wiley Open Access Account agreement. A Wiley Open Access Account will enable OhioLINK-affiliated researchers to use a central fund for Article Publication Charges (APC). The partnership reflects both parties’ growing commitment to open research and advancing scholarly communications. OhioLINK is the first North American library consortium to centrally fund the creation and dissemination of open access research….”

Another Big Move Hits Higher-Ed Publishing, as Wiley Buys Knewton – The Chronicle of Higher Education

Another big publisher in higher ed is making a strategic move. John Wiley & Sons announced on Monday that it was buying the assets of Knewton, an 11-year-old company that has at times been held up as the poster child for ed-tech overhype.


Knewton was initially known for its adaptive-learning tools designed to work with content from commercial publishers, but more recently it has shifted focus toward its platform that incorporates open educational resources, or OER.

The move came on the heels of last week’s merger announcement from Cengage and McGraw-Hill….”

Norway deals boost research strategy | Research Information

The country of Norway has signed two major deals to further its national scholarly communications strategy.

Norway’s UNIT (the Directorate for ICT and joint services in higher education and research) has chosen the Web of Science Group as its sole data provider for a new national research evaluation project….

Secondly, John Wiley & Sons and UNIT have announced a combined open access and subscription agreement. This three-year agreement will provide 33 Norwegian institutions with continued access to Wiley’s subscription journals and enables their affiliated authors to publish open access articles in Wiley titles.


As part of the agreement, all eligible researchers and students will be automatically identified and notified of the opportunity to publish open access through their institutional connection, at no additional charge. The 33 institutions will also have access to a distinct open access account dashboard for easy administration of their account, quick article approval, and in-depth reporting….”