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How society publishers can accelerate their transitionto open access and align with Plan S


Wise, A. and Estelle, L.

Subject Keywords: Open Access
Catalogue: Systematic Reviews
Type: Article
Region: International (other)

Wellcome, UK Research and Innovation, and the Association of Learnedand Professional Society Publishers commissioned Information PowerLtd. to undertake a project to support society publishers to acceleratetheir transition to open access (OA) in alignment with Plan S and thewider move to accelerate immediate OA. This project is part of a rangeof activities that cOAlition S partners are taking forward to support theimplementation of Plan S principles. The objective of this project was toexplore with learned societies a range of potential strategies and busi-ness models through which they could adapt and thrive under PlanS. We consulted with society publishers through interviews, surveys, andworkshops about the 27 business models and strategies identified duringthe project. We also surveyed library consortia about their willingness tosupport society publishers to make the transition to OA. Our keyfindingis that transformative agreements emerge as the most promising modelbecause they offer a predictable, steady funding stream. We also facili-tated pilot transformative agreement negotiations between several soci-ety publishers and library consortia. These pilots and a workshop ofconsortium representatives and society publishers informed the develop-ment of an OA transformative agreement toolkit. Our conclusion is thatsociety publishers should consider all the business models this projecthas developed and should not automatically equate OA with article pub-lication charges.





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Wise, A. and Estelle, L.. (2019) How society publishers can accelerate their transitionto open access and align with Plan S [Online]. Available from: [Accessed: 31st March 2020].


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