Germany: OA2020-DE and Knowledge Unlatched planning Large-Scale Conversion of Journals to Open Access
OA2020-DE, the German National Contact Point Open Access and Knowledge Unlatched (KU) are working together to convert scientific journals from a subscription model to Open Access on a large scale.
As many as 50 journals from ten publishers are to be made available to all users free of charge from 2019. The conversion is to be financed by an international consortium over a period of three years. Savings in subscription funds from the negotiations of the DEAL project will be used by German libraries for this purpose.
“The switch to Open Access for journals must be accelerated, and libraries can play a central role in this phase,” says Dirk Pieper, Head of DE2020-DE. “It is precisely by shifting funds within the framework of the DEAL project negotiations that many of us now have the opportunity to allocate funds in such a way that the transformation can succeed”. In addition, OA2020-DE and KU are striving to involve international consortia and other institutions as partners in the project.
50 journals from all fields of science and research have been submitted by ten publishers and are now being selected by a Title Selection Committee. The following publishers are participating in the project: American Institute of Physics, Berghahn, Brill, De Gruyter, Emerald, John Benjamins, and a few other publishers. Libraries are now invited to commit financial support to the project via Knowledge Unlatched.
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