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Knowledge Unlatched to double number of OA titles from 2018 collections to 700 new books
- 15 Jan 2019

In 2018, Knowledge Unlatched (KU), the central platform for Open Access (OA) financing models, expanded into new collections and introduced new partnerships, resulting in the doubling of the number of books made available as Open Access. For the first time titles have been offered in both Humanities, and Social Science (HSS) and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).

In 2018, KU collected institutional funding to make more than 700 books available Open Access across KU Select 2018, Transcript Political Science, Luminos, and KU Open Services. This represents a growth of 100 percent in the number of books made OA compared to 2017. In partnership with OCLC, MARC records for all 700 books will be made freely available to libraries worldwide via KU's website.

In 2019, Knowledge Unlatched will continue to promote its Partner programs to further grow the number of OA titles and services. Currently libraries and institutions can support a broad number of programs, such as Peter Lang IT Law, KU Romance Studies, IntechOpen Engineering, OpenEdition, Luminos, OAPEN Library Membership program, DeltaThink, Latest Thinking, and HAU Books. These programs hold the potential to further unlatch hundreds of books in 2019, while also providing important services supporting OA publishing.

The KU team is incorporating feedback from publishers, academic institutions, and the library community to tailor the upcoming KU Select 2019 collections. The KU Select 2019 program will be calling for new submissions this February.

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The International Society for Scientometrics and Informetrics launches new journal - Quantitative Science Studies
- 15 Jan 2019

The International Society for Scientometrics and Informetrics (ISSI) has announced the launch of a new journal, Quantitative Science Studies (QSS). QSS is owned by ISSI, the primary scholarly and professional society for scientometrics and informetrics, and will be published jointly with the MIT Press in compliance with fair open access principles. QSS will be a journal run for and by the scientometric community. The initial editorial board will be fully constituted by the former editorial board of the Journal of Informetrics (JOI), an Elsevier-owned journal.

The content for QSS will be open access and therefore freely available for readers worldwide. Funding for establishing and marketing the new journal has been provided in part by the MIT Libraries. To enable access for authors, the MIT Press will charge a comparatively low charge per article which will be fully covered by the Technische Informationsbibliothek (TIB) - Leibniz Information Centre for Science and Technology for the first three years of operation with support of the Communication, Information, Media Centre (KIM) of the University of Konstanz. The funds from TIB will be managed by the Fair Open Access Alliance (FOAA) to ensure that the journal is operating under fair open access principles. The MIT Press is also a full participant in the I4OC initiative, which promotes unrestricted availability of scholarly citation data.

QSS is now open and accepting submissions.

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Frontiers and Lancaster University form OA publishing agreement
- 14 Jan 2019

Frontiers and the Lancaster University have established an institutional membership agreement for open access publishing.

Lancaster University supports its researchers in making their research more widely available. As part of this support, Lancaster University has entered into an institutional agreement with Frontiers. Under the terms of this agreement, eligible authors from Lancaster University may publish in any Frontiers journal at no cost to the author.

Eligible articles include articles coming from research funded by UK Research and Innovation (AHRC, BBSRC, EPSRC, ESRC, MRC, NERC, STFC).

Eligible authors will benefit from a streamlined invoicing process, managed directly between Frontiers and the Open Access team at the Lancaster University Library, relieving authors of the responsibility of payment. Furthermore, Lancaster University and its Library will benefit from a discount on articles covered by this agreement.

This agreement will further encourage Lancaster University authors to publish open access, increasing uptake of open access for fellow researchers and the public at large to the results of mostly publicly funded research, while reducing costs.

To submit their article under this institutional agreement, authors may select 'Lancaster University' as institutional payer in the invoice section when submitting their article. Frontiers will then verify their eligibility with the Lancaster University Library's Open Access team, and if confirmed, the APC will be paid by the Library upon acceptance.

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Frontiers and the Justus Liebig University Giessen form OA publishing agreement
- 11 Jan 2019

The Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen (Justus Liebig University Giessen, University of Giessen) has established an institutional agreement for open access publishing with Frontiers.

The Justus Liebig University Giessen supports its researchers in making their research more widely available. As part of this support, the University of Giessen has entered into an institutional agreement with Frontiers. Under the terms of this agreement, eligible authors from the University of Giessen may publish in any Frontiers journal at no cost to the author.

Eligible authors are corresponding authors affiliated to the Justus Liebig University Giessen.

Eligible authors will benefit from a streamlined invoicing process, managed directly between Frontiers and the Open Access team at the University of Giessen Library, relieving authors of the responsibility of payment. Furthermore, the University of Giessen and its Library will benefit from a discount on articles covered by this agreement.

This agreement will further encourage University of Giessen authors to publish open access, increasing uptake of open access for fellow researchers and the public at large to the results of mostly publicly funded research, while reducing costs.

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MDPI announces OA agreement with Austrian Academic Library Consortium (KEMÖ) and the Austrian Science Fund (FWF)
- 10 Jan 2019

Academic open-access publisher Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI) has announced the establishment of its national Open Access agreement with the Austrian Academic Library Consortium (KEMÖ) and the Austrian Science Fund (FWF). Through this national agreement, the Austrian institutions listed below as well as FWF will cover the Article Processing Charges (APC) of manuscripts published by eligible corresponding or funded authors in MDPI journals as long as central funds are available.

All participating institutions have gained access to the MDPI online submission system where they can find full article metadata and pricing information as well as Funder and Grant ID details for easy identification and additional transparency. At the same time eligible authors are benefited from an APC discount which comes at no cost for the institutions.

Eligible corresponding authors affiliated with the participating institutions are prompted to choose the corresponding Institutional Open Access Program (IOAP) when they submit an article via the online submission system. The program will be selected automatically if authors submit their papers using their institutional email address. To claim their discount, FWF funded authors should choose the particular funder and add their Grant ID upon online submission of their manuscript. The institutions will then crosscheck the information and confirm the APC funding.

The Austrian institutions participating in this agreement are: Austrian Science Fund (FWF); University for Continuing Education Krems; University of Applied Sciences BFI Vienna; University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria; University of Applied Sciences Technikum Wien; Vorarlberg University of Applied Sciences; International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA); Institute of Science and Technology Austria; MCI Management Center Innsbruck; University of Graz; University of Linz; University of Salzburg; Graz University of Technology; TU Wien; University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna; and University of Vienna.

The full text of the agreement is openly available online at: http://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.2536007

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