Kick-off Conference October 17 – Coordination of Open Access to Research Publications in Sweden

This event is organised by the National Library of Sweden as a kick-off conference in conjunction with the upstart of the five studies on open access and directed  to its members, invited speakers and guests. All presentations  will be recorded and published open access after the event.

 

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Offsetting agreements in academic publishing in Sweden – a means to what end?

In an academic world transitioning from “paying for reading” to “paying for publishing” (and not both), it makes sense to sign agreements with publishers to “offset” the publishing costs against reading costs to prevent total costs from sky rocketing.

The article processing charges (APC) associated with Open Access publishing have traditionally been paid by individual researchers, without transparency and beyond the control of their institutions. Through the Bibsam Consortium Swedish institutions can sign offsetting agreements with publishers in attempts to centralize and thus gain control of publishing costs. Such agreements provide a foundation for supporting Open Access publishing in Sweden, increases efficiency (less administrative work for researchers), and create leverage in negotiating and lowering the overall costs for publishing Swedish research.

An evaluation group currently evaluates two offsetting agreements with respects to their effects on economy, administration, researcher attitudes and research dissemination. The first agreement is Springer Compact (running from July 2016 to December 2018). The second is Institute of Physics (running from January 2017 to December 2019).

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Swedish APC data now part of the Open APC initiative

Christoph Broschinski
Christoph Broschinski

Thanks to the excellent work done by Christoph Broschinski at the Bielefeld University Library, 1550 APC data records from 13 Swedish institutions gathered within the Open APC Sweden project has been integrated with the INTACT Project’s Open APC initiative.

Christoph has authored a blog entry about the integration, showing some of the results for the Swedish data.

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How to make open the default? – Takeaways from Liber 2017

A core question discussed at the LIBER Annual Conference 2017 in Patras, Greece – Libraries Powering Sustainable Knowledge in the Digital Age – was how libraries can achieve an open and sustainable research and information lifecycle in order to ensure the accessibility, usability and long-term preservation of research outputs. The popular conference attracted more than 300 delegates offering workshops, keynotes, and presentations on a broad spectrum of open science issues, as open access, open research data, text and data mining, copyright, metrics, infrastructural issues, and management.

 

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Vi uppdaterar bloggen för open access

Kungliga bibliotekets blogg för alla som arbetar med open access i Sverige håller på att uppdateras. På bloggen kommer KB löpande att kommunicera arbetet med regeringsuppdraget att samordna öppen tillgång till vetenskapliga publikationer. Arbetet pågår fram till hösten då all information rörande frågor om öppen tillgång och KB:s uppdrag kommer att samlas här.

Under tiden finns mer information på www.kb.se/openaccess.