PLOS and the Big Ten Academic Alliance Announce Publishing Deal – The Official PLOS Blog

“The Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA) and the Public Library of Science (PLOS) today announced an agreement for BTAA members to participate in PLOS’ Community Action Publishing (CAP) program. The agreement ensures time to test and evaluate this new community-based model and allows BTAA researchers to publish in PLOS Biology and PLOS Medicine without incurring fees. The BTAA and PLOS will also collaborate on future data, metrics, and tools for institutions to evaluate Open Access publishing agreements….”

Read & Publish Open Access agreement with the Max Planck Digital Library | The Company of Biologists

“The Company of Biologists is delighted to announce a three-year Read & Publish Open Access agreement with the Max Planck Digital Library.

Under the new cost-neutral transformative agreement – which runs from 1 January 2021 to 31 December 2023 – corresponding authors at Max Planck Society’s 86 Institutes benefit from immediate Open Access publication of their research articles in The Company of Biologists’ hybrid subscription journals – Development, Journal of Cell Science and Journal of Experimental Biology – with no author-facing publishing charges.

In addition, this landmark agreement enables corresponding authors at Max Planck Institutes to publish research articles without charge in The Company of Biologists’ fully Open Access journals – Disease Models & Mechanisms and Biology Open.

Unlimited access to the full journal archives dating back to 1853 is also available as part of the agreement….”

Jisc and Springer Nature extend commitment to open access publishing | Jisc

“UK Springer Compact Agreement extends to 2022 and will now include the publisher’s Academic Journals (AJs) on enhancing open access offering to the research community.

Jisc and Springer Nature have extended the UK Compact agreement by including the prestigious Academic Journals (AJs) on which includes some of the world’s most internationally renowned medical titles. The extension of the transformative agreement demonstrates both Jisc and Springer Nature’s commitment to ensuring authors can publish their research open access (OA) from the point of publication, supporting wider accessibility whilst also managing the costs of access and OA publishing….

Jisc supports UK universities and research institutions in negotiating transformative agreements with publishers – large and small. Over 50% of all UK research output is covered by a Jisc-negotiated transformative agreement….”

Boon for University of California authors: Landmark Springer Nature deal kicks off | UC Berkeley Library News

“Starting this month, research by University of California authors published in Springer journals will by default be freely available to everyone across the globe, thanks to a landmark agreement.

Under UC’s deal with publishing titan Springer Nature — which was inked last year but went into effect Jan. 4 — the UC libraries automatically pay the first $1,000 of the open access fee, also called the article processing charge. Authors lacking research funding can request that the UC libraries pay the entire fee, guaranteeing no author will be turned away for lack of funding.

The first phase of the deal spans journals in the Springer portion of Springer Nature’s portfolio, including Springer, Adis, and Palgrave Macmillan titles as well as academic journals on Nature-branded journals are expected to be included in the deal in 2022.

Authors can opt out of open access publishing if they wish….”

Max Planck Society, Rockefeller University Press Enter “Read-and-Publish” Transformative Agreement

“Max Planck Digital Library (MPDL) has signed an unlimited “read-and-publish” transformative agreement with Rockefeller University Press (RUP) on behalf of the Max Planck Society. The agreement covers Open Access (OA) publishing of articles in RUP’s three hybrid journals: Journal of Cell Biology (JCB), Journal of Experimental Medicine (JEM) and Journal of General Physiology (JGP).

Under the agreement, which runs from January 1, 2021 to December 31, 2022,  articles by corresponding authors affiliated with Max Planck Institutes will be published immediate open access under a CC-BY license and directly deposited in PubMed Central (PMC). The transformative agreement repurposes former subscription funds to cover all open access publishing fees for authors, and there is no limit to the number of articles that may be published under the terms of the agreement. Max Planck Institutes also receive unlimited access to RUP’s journals. Learn how authors can take advantage of new agreement….”

Initiating a transformative agreement as a small scholarly society: Interview with Gaynor Redvers-Mutton

“Prior to Plan S, many scholarly publishers yet to test out Open Access journal models had begun considering possible approaches, but few guessed they’d be transitioning to OA so quickly. Now, publishers that wish to comply with the initiative to make research funded by cOAlition S members fully and immediately OA, which went into effect on the 1st of January, have been feeling the crunch to condense the kinds of strategic journal program decisions they might have planned over the course of a few years into as little as a few months.

The Microbiology Society was one of the first small publishers to take the plunge to commit to a transition plan from subscription to OA publishing in response to Plan S. As part of the “Society Publishers Accelerating Open Access and Plan S“ (SPA-OPS) project, the society opted to take a Transformative Agreement (TA) Plan S route, one which few small publishers had previously tested. The society managed to develop an institutional set-price Publish and Read (P&R) package from ideation to execution in less than a year. The first P&R TA was a pilot that the society has built upon in subsequent institutional negotiations. The publishing team plans to assess the outcomes of its current transition efforts before deciding on future OA business development steps.

In the interview below, The Microbiology Society’s Head of Business Development & Sales, Gaynor Redvers-Mutton, discusses the rapid approach the society publishing team took to releasing a working TA and how they are thinking about the next phase of their OA publishing program….”

Wellcome’s support for Transformative Arrangements – 2021 to 2024

“Transformative Arrangements are strategies which encourage subscription publishers to transition to full and immediate Open Access and where fees are charged for providing publishing services rather than subscription fees for reading.

These approaches include Transformative Agreements and Transformative Journals as well as other open access publishing initiatives.

This document provides guidance for organisations in receipt of open access block grant funding when using Wellcome funds to support Transformative Arrangements for the period January 2021 – December 2024. This Guidance will be kept under review and may be updated from time to time….

By definition, TAs are transitional in nature….

Transformative Journals (TJ) are subscription/hybrid journals that are committed to transitioning to fully OA journals. Transformative Journals must gradually increase the share of Open Access content and offset subscription income from payments for publishing services thereby avoiding double payments….

UC-Springer Agreement Activated: Open Access Publishing Support Now Available to UC Authors

“Under the agreement between the University of California and Springer Nature announced last June, it is now easier and more affordable for UC authors to publish their articles open access in Springer journals — including those published by Springer, Adis, and Palgrave Macmillan, as well as academic journals on The integration of Nature-branded journals into the agreement is expected in 2022.

Beginning today, all UC corresponding authors who publish in Springer journals will by default have their articles designated as open access and the UC libraries will automatically pay the first $1,000 of the open access fee, formally called an article processing charge or APC. Authors who do not have research funds available can request that the UC libraries pay the entire open access fee, ensuring that lack of research funds does not present a barrier for UC authors who wish to publish open access in these journals. Authors can complete the entire payment process, including requests for full funding support when needed, within Springer Nature’s online article acceptance and publication system. Authors may choose to opt out of open access publishing if they prefer to publish their article on a subscription (pay-to-read) basis.

UC’s open access agreement with Springer Nature is the largest in North America to date and UC’s fifth such agreement with a diverse range of publishers, including Cambridge University Press, computer science society publisher ACM, and native open-access publishers PLoS and JMIR, which publishes the Journal of Medical Internet Research….”

Elsevier and open access

“We have now applied for transformative journal status for a large number of journals from across our portfolio. These titles, including many by Cell Press, commit to transformative journal criteria. Please see the full list of transformative journals and visit the relevant individual journal home pages for more information….

Over the past 12 months, Elsevier has formed numerous pilot agreements around the world that support the open science and open access research ambitions of institutions and university consortia.

Each of these agreements is tailored to the specific needs of our partners, ranging from reading and publishing services, to broader areas such as reproducibility, transparency and collaboration in research. Our aim is to test and learn, to better understand how we can support all our customers’ differing needs….