UPDATED November 12, 2015 ARL, CARL, SPARC, COAR, EDUCAUSE and Others Show Support of “Lingua” Editors and Open Access
UPDATED November 10 2015 Editors of Lingua Take a Stand for Open Access (via Authors Alliance)
A group of leading international linguists are aiming to make accessibility to academic research results less dependent on expensive commercial publishers. The editorial boards of various academic journals in linguistics are in the process of leaving their publishers or are renegotiating their collaboration. They will soon be publishing their articles on a universal free access basis at extremely low costs. Supported by universities, this unique initiative will be launched under the name of LingOA and is a significant step on the road towards open access.
LingOA is pioneered by the editorial boards of five prominent journals in the field of linguistics. They expect that their initiative will also encourage other journals to move towards affordable Open Access. All the preparations to ensure the success of this step have been made.
This Dutch initiative will promote the publication of articles in accordance with ‘fair’ Open Access. This means that the authors retain copyright to their articles, editorial boards will own the titles of their journals, and the publication platform charges considerably less for its services than commercial for-profit publishers currently do. In addition, the publication costs are transparent and linked to the actual services rendered.
Academic articles will be published by Ubiquity Press with the Open Library of Humanities as a long-term sustainability partner. OLH, whose platform is also provided by Ubiquity Press, will guarantee the continued publication of the journals associated with LingOA after the first five years through its consortial library funding model. This ensures long-term sustainability.
The first journals to be published by Ubiquity Press, from January 2016, as part of this initiative are LabPhon and the Journal of Portuguese Linguistics.
The journals Lingua and Journal of Greek linguistics are currently renegotiating their collaboration with their publishers. Several other reputable journals are expected to announce the transition to the new platform shortly. The Dutch universities, the university libraries, the Association of Dutch Universities (VSNU), The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), and the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) have expressed their support for this momentous step.
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