Berlin, 7 January 2019
The Konsortium Sachsen (Library Consortium for the German Land of Saxony), which groups the libraries of universities, colleges and professional academies, has renewed its agreement with De Gruyter using the evidence-based selection (EBS) model for e-books for 2019 and 2020.
The agreement, which allows for access to all e-book content from De Gruyter, its imprints, as well as to the titles of most Publishing Partners, has been expanded to include a key open access component.
Part of the licensing fees can be used by the consortium to transform e-book titles to open access. This means that monographs can be made permanently open access beyond 31 December 2020 at the end of the agreement.
Furthermore, consortium members can permanently include licensed e-book titles in their collections.
“The expansion of the EBS model to include the open access component is an important step for De Gruyter. We are pleased to have developed this forward-looking business model together with the Library Consortium for Saxony,” said Martina Näkel, Senior Manager Sales for Germany, Switzerland and Austria.
“The growing portfolio of De Gruyter’s e-book titles is a benefit for the users of our libraries. The additional open access component allows us to consistently pursue our goal of permanently freely accessible scientific content,” said Dr. Konstantin Hermann of the Saxon State and University Library Dresden (SLUB), who is also the head of the Library Consortium for Saxony.