European High-Level summit meeting on Open Access negotiations

A summit meeting was held on the topic of publisher negotiations in the context of open access strategies, conceived by the OA2020 Initiative and co-convened and hosted by the German Rectors’ Conference, at which a number of high-level representatives from national research funding bodies, university associations, rectors conferences, and national library consortia from Europe and[…]

Some short answers to big questions

The open access landscape is highly complex, and the academic community does well to reflect on the ambitions, progress and impact of the many approaches that are working toward an open information environment. To illustrate the unique and essential role of the Open Access 2020 Initiative in this landscape, here are brief answers to some important questions for consideration, which we hope will facilitate a greater understanding of OA2020 and facilitate further collaboration. […]

Growing support for OA2020 in the US

In recent weeks, three further US institutions have joined the OA2020 Initiative, aiming to transform a majority of today’s scholarly journals from subscription to OA publishing. The University of North Texas, Iowa State University and the University of California, Riverside join the over 100 institutions and research organizations worldwide that are committed to accelerating the[…]

14th Berlin Open Access Conference

The 14th Berlin Open Access Conference will be held on 3-4 December 2018 at the Max Planck Society’s Harnack House in Berlin. The conference will have a completely new format to ensure that key representatives from the academic and research communities from around the world will have the opportunity to measure the progress of different approaches in the open access transition and strategize together on concerted actions that will drive the transformation of scholarly communications. […]

The Power of Concerted Action

If the aim is to transition to an open information environment, supporting OA publication of articles in hybrid journals will prove to be merely a very expensive failure, unless we use the experience as an opportunity for discovery. Similarly, the offsetting agreements currently being tested in a number of countries are stepping stones the transition—national efforts which, when taken together, have impact on a global scale. With China now represented in the OA2020 Initiative, the collective potential of our transformative actions is stronger than ever before, but it will take continued, concerted efforts to achieve the transition. Libraries should not be discouraged but empowered by the lessons learned and push forward with more and improved iterations of transitional agreements and other strategies to divest of the subscription system in order to invest in open access. […]