Jisc and the Public Library of Science (PLOS) have announced two three-year open access (OA) agreements that allow researchers to publish in PLOS journals without incurring article processing charges (APCs).
This is the first time that a large university consortium has provided collective agreements as an alternative to APCs at this scale. Jisc and PLOS will also collaborate on future data, metrics, and tools for institutions to evaluate OA publishing agreements.
Under the flat-fee agreement, which begins on January 1, 2021, annual fixed prices will cover unmetered publishing in five PLOS journals for corresponding authors affiliated with participating Jisc institutions as well as custom reporting and collaboration on future reporting standards initiatives.
The PLOS Community Action Publishing agreement, facilitates unmetered publishing in PLOS’ two highly selective journals through a collective action model. Both corresponding and contributing authors affiliated with participating Jisc institutions are eligible. The model itself is predicated on cost recovery, capped margins, and redistributing revenues above target back to community members.
These agreements empower authors who want to participate in open access publishing, and support a diverse scholarly communication ecosystem for researchers and readers.
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