"Springer Nature Accelerates Its Transformative Journey with the Signing of Landmark Pure OA Deal"

Springer Nature has released "Springer Nature Accelerates Its Transformative Journey with the Signing of Landmark Pure OA Deal."

Here's an excerpt:

New agreements agreed this week with the Bibsam consortium in Sweden and Norway's Unit consortium take the number of Springer Nature’s read and publish deals to ten, putting the publisher firmly on the path to becoming a transformative publisher.

In a first for Springer Nature, Bibsam, representing the institutional libraries, and four of Sweden’s funding bodies (the Swedish Research Council, Formas, Forte and Vinnova) have agreed a deal which will see them share the costs of publishing in Springer Nature’s OA journals. . . .

Springer Nature has also agreed a transformative read and publish deal with Norway. This agreement, which will run from 2020 to 2022, will allow researchers in Norway to read articles in journals on SpringerLink and Norwegian authors to publish Open Access in over 2000 journals, making primary research with corresponding authors from Norway immediately and freely accessible from the point of publication, which Unit says will, "meet all our requirements for transition agreements, and will enable Norwegian researchers to read and publish in the majority of Springer journals".

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EUA Big Deals Survey Report April 2018: The First Mapping of Major Scientific Publishing Contracts in Europe

The European University Association has released EUA Big Deals Survey Report April 2018: The First Mapping of Major Scientific Publishing Contracts in Europe.

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The EUA Big Deals Survey Report: The first mapping of major scientific publishing contracts in Europe presents data from 28 negotiating consortia. The data, which was gathered between July 2016 and June 2017, was anonymous and aggregated, thus respecting the confidential nature of the information provided by respondents. The survey focused on the functions and working process of consortia, as well as on the conditions of contracts for big deals concerning scientific periodicals, databases and e-books. The results of the survey show that consortia broadly represent the interests of relevant stakeholders from the university and library sectors and are largely driven by researchers’ needs.

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Transformative Publishing: Requirements for a New Publishing Standard: A Proposal from Springer Nature

Springer Nature has released Transformative Publishing: Requirements for a New Publishing Standard: A Proposal from Springer Nature.

Read background information about this proposal in "A Faster Path to an Open Future" and "Springer Nature Calls on Publishers to Adopt New OA Role."

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Unit / Elsevier Deal: "What Are The Main Features of the Elsevier Agreement?"

Unit – The Norwegian Directorate for ICT and Joint Services in Higher Education and Research has published "What Are The Main Features of the Elsevier Agreement? in Open Access Is about the Free Availability of Scientific Research for Everyone (Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License).

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The agreement is referred to as a pilot agreement. It will run for two years and includes the following:

  • Full reading access to the entire Science Direct Freedom Collection.
  • Articles with Norwegian corresponding authors will be published openly with CC-BY license from January 2019. Authors who have already published at Elsevier in an approved journal are contacted by the publisher and offered to make the article openly available at no extra cost. If the article is published as Hybrid OA, the researcher / research group will be refunded the publication fee (APC).
  • The pilot will make sure that approx. 90% of the articles from Norwegian institutions in Elsevier journals are issued with an open license in gold and hybrid titles. . . .
  • There is no increase in costs, and no standard publishing fee.
  • Lasting access rights ("perpetual access") included on the same terms as before.
  • Significant savings for the institutions compared to earlier.

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"Norway and Elsevier Agree on Pilot National Licence for Research Access and Publishing"

Unit has released "Norway and Elsevier Agree on Pilot National Licence for Research Access and Publishing."

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The pilot will run for two years, giving seven universities and 39 research institutions across Norway access to Elsevier's world-leading platform for scientific knowledge with more than 16 million publications from over 2,500 journals published by Elsevier and its society partners. It also enables Norwegian researchers to publish their research Open Access.

The Norwegian Directorate for ICT and Joint Services in Higher Education and Research (Unit) and Elsevier will jointly monitor the pilot and capture lessons and data to further refine Elsevier’s open access offerings in line with the needs of the Norwegian research community.

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Norway Update: "Elsevier’s response to The Directorate for ICT and Shared Services in Higher Education and Research (UNIT)’s Decision to Not Renew Their Agreement with Elsevier"

Tom Reller has posted "Elsevier's response to The Directorate for ICT and Shared Services in Higher Education and Research (UNIT)'s Decision to Not Renew Their Agreement with Elsevier" to LIBLICENSE-L.

Here's an excerpt:

While Elsevier is working hard to accommodate the desire of some for an author-pays-to-publish (open access) world, the reality is that current author choices mean that 85 percent of journal articles globally are published under the reader-pays (subscription) model, where authors publish for free. It’s possible to come up with a negotiated agreement at reasonable costs, and Elsevier offered Norway multiple low-cost options for a rapid transition to gold open access publishing, but open access is a service that has to be funded in some form. Norway is essentially asking to receive two services for the price of one.

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