EDP Sciences has published the Astronomy & Astrophysics (A&A) Subscribe to Open (S2O) 2022 Transparency Report. This is the first transparency report and provides a range of information related to the A&A Subscribe to Open program including: background information on open access in astronomy; financial structure of A&A; subscriptions information; Article Processing Charges prior to the OA transition; open access publication prior to the OA transition; Publication statistics and costs; and financial impact of S2O for the publisher.
As advocates of open science, EDP Sciences support the principle of transparency, including financial transparency. EDP Sciences follows FAIR data guidelines to be ’as open as possible and as closed as necessary’ when deciding which information to include. The plan is to update and publish the report every year. While the current report only includes data related to the publisher’s revenue and costs, future reports will also include information on editorial statistics, revenue and costs.
Earlier this year, EDP Sciences announced several new subscriber benefits for 2023 in response to community feedback on A&A’s S2O program (including an ’Early-Bird’ subscription discount; reserved access to accepted articles ahead of publication; a discount on ‘page charges’ for authors of subscribing institutions). Together with the formal implementation of a waiver for Group A Research4Life authors, the 2022 Transparency Report brings A&A’s first year in full open access to a fitting end.Click here to read the original press release.