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.
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).
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.
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.