January 19, 2022

A New cOAlition S Project Will Review Progress on Transformative Open Access Agreements Between Library Consortia and Smaller Independent Publishers

From cOAlition S:

cOAlition S aims to work with learned societies, libraries, library consortia, publishers, and other stakeholders to accelerate the transition to Open Access. Following up on the outcomes of the Society Publishers Accelerating Open access and Plan S (SPA-OPS) project, the European Science Foundation, on behalf of cOAlition S and the Association of Learned & Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP), has commissioned Information Power to deliver a study to review progress on transformative and other Open Access agreements between library consortia and smaller independent publishers.

The project has three key objectives:

  • It will measure progress on Open Access (OA) agreements since the SPA-OPS project ended in early 2020, including agreements reached in the UK, elsewhere in Europe and internationally, via groups such as EIFL.
  • It will engage libraries, library consortia, learned society publishers, and other independent publishers to understand the factors which lead to success in concluding and implementing transformative OA agreements.
  • It will develop a set of recommendations for funders, libraries, library consortia and publishers, aiming to lead to more OA agreements with society publishers across domains in the scope of cOAlition S funders and more broadly.

The project is launched today, 1 December 2020, and will be delivered by 31 March 2021.

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.