Initiative seeks to create ebook sales model that works for university presses and libraries

“Sixteen major university presses have signed with a Berlin-based scholarly publishing house, De Gruyter, as part of a new initiative to broker ebook sales between presses and university libraries.

The idea behind the University Press Library initiative is for the institutions to sell digital collections of their entire front lists of new titles to university libraries. Under this plan, a library could purchase Stanford University Press’s entire 2021 collection in digital format, for example.

Steve Fallon, De Gruyter’s vice president for the Americas and strategic partnerships, said the goal of the initiative is to generate a sustainable revenue stream for presses that can count on a library buying an electronic version of every single new title — including academically important but lesser-used scholarly monographs, not just books in higher demand….”

Initiative seeks to create ebook sales model that works for university presses and libraries

“Sixteen major university presses have signed with a Berlin-based scholarly publishing house, De Gruyter, as part of a new initiative to broker ebook sales between presses and university libraries.

The idea behind the University Press Library initiative is for the institutions to sell digital collections of their entire front lists of new titles to university libraries. Under this plan, a library could purchase Stanford University Press’s entire 2021 collection in digital format, for example.

Steve Fallon, De Gruyter’s vice president for the Americas and strategic partnerships, said the goal of the initiative is to generate a sustainable revenue stream for presses that can count on a library buying an electronic version of every single new title — including academically important but lesser-used scholarly monographs, not just books in higher demand….”

Knowledge Unlatched Strikes Again and Again | Jeff Pooley

“With a hat tip to the indispensable Richard Poynder, here is a quick follow up to yesterday’s post on Knowledge Unlatched’s latest move to disguise its for-profit status. I focused on KU’s Open Research Community (ORC), launched last year as an implied nonprofit. In yesterday’s post, I focused on ORC’s “Community Manager” Pablo Markin and KU head Sven Fund.

The plot is quite a bit thicker, though I won’t do the topic—KU and Sven Fund’s persistent failure to disclose—justice in this short follow-up….”

Knowledge Unlatched Strikes Again and Again | Jeff Pooley

“With a hat tip to the indispensable Richard Poynder, here is a quick follow up to yesterday’s post on Knowledge Unlatched’s latest move to disguise its for-profit status. I focused on KU’s Open Research Community (ORC), launched last year as an implied nonprofit. In yesterday’s post, I focused on ORC’s “Community Manager” Pablo Markin and KU head Sven Fund.

The plot is quite a bit thicker, though I won’t do the topic—KU and Sven Fund’s persistent failure to disclose—justice in this short follow-up….”

De Gruyter Position on Plan S

[Undated] “Plan S has little to no regard for the Humanities and Social Sciences. The creators of Plan S have used the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Medicine) research ecosystem as their main model and have presented a “one size fits all” approach with a focus on journals – which are key for STEM – and have practically ignored monographs – which are of greater importance in HSS. A single, unified approach to delivering open access across the full spectrum of academic publishing is unfeasible.
A plan driven by payments from direct grants is incompatible with disciplines and sub-fields where there is no direct grant funding. Funding for the humanities, unlike funding for much of STEM, is not usually centralized, and often comes from educational institutions directly, rather than well-endowed foundations. Furthermore, unlike STEM, many disciplines also have a more national focus, and available funding is therefore even more difficult to identify and secure.
It is not possible for the vast majority of HSS (Humanities and Social Science) journals to simply ‘flip’ to APC-based open access. Many serve relatively small research communities and combine low publication volumes with high rejection rates. They will not be able to provide the same level of service to their communities on the basis of a small number of capped APCs….”

Access your library’s print collection online

“De Gruyter and our Publisher Partners would like to offer digital access to the thousands of print books held in university and college libraries….

– 75,000 DRM-free eBooks from ©1650 through ©2016 on degruyter.com
– Free access granted through June 30, 2020
–  A librarian from your institution must complete the registration form and agree to the Free-Use Guidelines for your academic institution to participate. Individual access will not be granted.
– The offer supports the following authentication methods: IP Range, Shibboleth / OpenAthens (existing De Gruyter customers only), Proxy Products, Trusted Proxy Server
– Discovery tools including MARC records, KBART files, OCLC, EBSCO Discovery and Ex Libris Services are provided
– A breakdown of the 75,000 titles by our 17 Partners and their copyright years in our “Overview” tab…”

Access your library’s print collection online

“De Gruyter and our Publisher Partners would like to offer digital access to the thousands of print books held in university and college libraries….

– 75,000 DRM-free eBooks from ©1650 through ©2016 on degruyter.com
– Free access granted through June 30, 2020
–  A librarian from your institution must complete the registration form and agree to the Free-Use Guidelines for your academic institution to participate. Individual access will not be granted.
– The offer supports the following authentication methods: IP Range, Shibboleth / OpenAthens (existing De Gruyter customers only), Proxy Products, Trusted Proxy Server
– Discovery tools including MARC records, KBART files, OCLC, EBSCO Discovery and Ex Libris Services are provided
– A breakdown of the 75,000 titles by our 17 Partners and their copyright years in our “Overview” tab…”

MSU LIBRARIES AND DE GRUYTER SIGN AGREEMENT TO PROVIDE OPEN ACCESS PUBLISHING FOR MSU AUTHORS | MSU Libraries

“The MSU Libraries have signed a three-year “transformative” read-and-publish (R + P) agreement with the De Gruyter publishing house to provide default open access publishing for all articles by MSU authors in De Gruyter journals. This arrangement means that MSU lead authors publishing in these journals will no longer have to pay the usual De Gruyter article processing charge, which can amount to hundreds of dollars. MSU-authored articles will be visible to all readers, even those without an MSU Net ID, increasing the visibility of MSU research on the internet. The agreement also gives readers with an authenticating MSU Net ID access to articles in a full set of 347 De Gruyter subscription journals. …”

OAPEN and De Gruyter enable retroactive open access for ERC-funded publications

“The OAPEN Foundation and De Gruyter have developed a framework agreement that outlines good practice for retroactive open access to books and chapters resulting from research funded by the European Research Council (ERC) under the 7th EU Research Framework Programme (FP7).

Since FP7 did not include a strict open access mandate for publications, publications resulting from these grants are generally not freely accessible. The framework agreement between De Gruyter and the OAPEN Foundation supports authors by establishing compliance with the “best effort” requirement to make publications open access….”

OAPEN and De Gruyter enable retroactive open access for ERC-funded publications

The OAPEN Foundation and De Gruyter have developed a framework agreement that outlines good practice for retroactive open access to books and chapters resulting from research funded by the European Research Council (ERC) under the 7th EU Research Framework Programme (FP7).

Since FP7 did not include a strict open access mandate for publications, publications resulting from these grants are generally not freely accessible. The framework agreement between De Gruyter and the OAPEN Foundation supports authors by establishing compliance with the ‘best effort’ requirement to make publications open access….”