May 27, 2022

DeGruyter is Transforming the German Library Journal, Bibliothek Forschung und Praxis, Into Open Access via Subscribe to Open Model

From a DeGruyter Announcement:

Together with the editors and the National Contact Point Open Access OA2020-DE, De Gruyter is transforming the leading library journal Bibliothek Forschung und Praxis (BFP) into open access through the Subscribe to Open model. After a successful transformation, all journal content will be available immediately in gold open access on from 1 January 2021.

The pilot project if achieved will deliver a sustainable route to open access transformation for other journals in the humanities and social sciences. Institutions that subscribe to the journal continue to subscribe to it as usual. As long as existing subscriptions are maintained and extended, the journal will be published under a Creative Commons license and will be made freely available. If the number of subscriptions falls below a minimum value, the paywall is activated again and only subscribers are granted access.


Bibliothek Forschung und Praxis has been committed to free access to information and knowledge since the journal was founded in 1977. The desire to make the BFP freely available in gold open access, without creating financial barriers for authors, led to the decision in favor of the Subscribe to Open model.

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