Stakeholders united in the charge for transformation: Plan S and the Open Access 2020 Initiative

The Open Access movement has received an enormous boost today with the launch of Science Europe’s 10 principles of Plan S, devised by Robert-Jan Smits, the Open Access Envoy of the European Commission. Already 11 national research funding organisations have agreed to implement the 10 principles of Plan S in a coordinated way, forming cOAlition S, with the support of the European Commission and the European Research Council (ERC).


On the effectiveness of APCs – outcomes of the 3rd ESAC workshop, Munich

Thanks to the great support from the workshop participants, the ESAC Initiative is happy to publish the final report of the 3rd ESAC workshop held in Munich last month, “On the effectiveness of APCs”:

While a significant portion of open access journals operate on independent funding mechanisms, the Article Processing Charge (APC), originally pioneered by BioMed Central as a means to secure the financial viability of journals, has grown to be one of the most prevalent business models in open access publishing, adopted by well-established pure open access publishers such as PLoS, MDPI, Hindawi, Frontiers and beyond. With the steady growth of open access publishing in recent years, particularly by traditional subscription publishers via hybrid article publishing options, born-OA journals such as Nature Communications and Scientific Reports, and transformative agreements (ie offsetting, publish and read, etc.) the need for close monitoring and control of processes, standards and workflows related to Article Processing Charges (APCs) has become crucial. Through such work academic and research libraries have the opportunity and, indeed, the responsibility to exercise oversight and management of APCs to ensure the best interests of their researchers and institutions are served.


LIBER 2018 | Lille, France | July 4, 2018

LIBER 2018

July 4, 2018
Lille, France


The aim of the workshop is to give participants a clear understanding of the essential role that libraries have to play in the transformation of scholarly communications. The aim is also to empower the libraries with key insights in order to develop an action plan to drive the transition towards Open Access through a variety of approaches. In the first part of the workshop, we will introduce some data-driven strategies for achieving more OA and, in the second part, we will explore approaches in an interactive manner, addressing topics such as OA for e-books, Gold OA journals, as well as the transformation of paywalled journals.

Libraries have the power to lead the way in the OA transformation, and there are many ways to do so! This workshop is planned and organised by the LIBER Open Access Working Group in collaboration with OA2020 .


Open Access 2020 Transformation Workshop | Munich, Germany | June 5 – 7

Open Access 2020 Transformation Workshop

June 5 – 7, 2018
Munich, Germany

For librarians and consortia staff looking to take pro-active steps to drive the transition of scholarly communications to open access.

This workshop, featuring special guest presenters and Max Planck Digital Library staff with over 10 years of experience in developing OA strategies and workflows, empowers participants with a clear understanding of the essential role librarians play in driving the transition of scholarly communications from the subscription system to open access publishing. Covering multiple strategies but with a strong focus on transformational agreements (ie offsetting, read and publish, etc.), participants will learn strategic and practical approaches to help them create and implement their own local OA2020 roadmap and have impact on a global scale. Now in its third iteration, the workshop is a fantastic opportunity to share experiences and learn best practice in managing and leading the transition to Open Access.