IWA Publishing, the wholly owned publishing subsidiary of the International Water Association based in London, has announced a pilot to transform its complete journal portfolio of 10 subscription titles including the flagship journal Water, Science and Technology to Open Access (OA) from 2021 onwards. In partnership with Knowledge Unlatched, IWA Publishing will be asking those libraries and institutions currently subscribing to any of the journals to renew for 2021 on a Subscribe-to-Open (S2O) basis, thus contributing to making these journals completely free to readers and authors all over the world.
With the flip IWA Publishing is aiming for one of the largest flips of a publishing portfolio to date. IWA Publishing will also be supported by Knowledge Unlatched in introducing the S2O model to libraries, as well as receiving assistance from the Subscription Division of EBSCO Information Services, for the transaction of single subscriptions. By building on current subscription processes, the S2O model involves librarians in their existing roles as decision-makers and curators as to which journals merit support, in this case on behalf of readers worldwide as the journals move to Open Access.
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