Together with the editors and the National Contact Point Open Access OA2020-DE, academic publisher De Gruyter is transforming the leading library journal Bibliothek Forschung und Praxis (BFP) into open access through the Subscribe to Open model. After a successful transformation, all journal content will be available immediately in gold open access on degruyter.com from January 1, 2021.
The pilot project if achieved will deliver a sustainable route to open access transformation for other journals in the humanities and social sciences. Institutions that subscribe to the journal continue to subscribe to it as usual. As long as existing subscriptions are maintained and extended, the journal will be published under a Creative Commons license and will be made freely available. If the number of subscriptions falls below a minimum value, the paywall is activated again and only subscribers are granted access.
The model allows the transformation of journals into open access without authors incurring costs in the form of Article Processing Charges (APCs), as is common in the natural sciences.
Bibliothek Forschung und Praxis has been committed to free access to information and knowledge since the journal was founded in 1977. The desire to make the BFP freely available in gold open access, without creating financial barriers for authors, led to the decision in favour of the Subscribe to Open model.
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