Non-profit open access publisher the Public Library of Science (PLOS) has announced a new agreement with the University of Padua that will facilitate free, unlimited publishing for researchers across all 12 PLOS titles. This deal represents another expansion of PLOS' footprint in Europe, following similar agreements with institutions in Germany, Sweden, Ireland, and the UK.
Under the new deal, researchers from the University of Padua will have access to PLOS' three publishing models, including the innovative Community Action Publishing (CAP), Flat Fees, and the Global Equity model. These models go beyond traditional article processing charges to provide more equitable and regionally appropriate ways to support open access publishing.
According to Sara Rouhi, Director of Strategic Partnerships for PLOS, this agreement represents an important step towards advancing open science, and the University of Padua shares PLOS' commitment to making scholarly publishing and research more open and equitable. The deal will enable the University to publish its research in PLOS' journals until the end of the year. The University of Padua has implemented various policies in recent years aimed at making scientific research open and accessible. The agreement with PLOS is aligned with the University's strategic objective of supporting open science and open access.
PLOS aims to transform scientific communication and increase the public understanding of science. The Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP) recently recognized PLOS as the co-winner of the 2021 Innovation in Publishing Award for its Community Action Publishing model. The University of Padua is the latest institution to join a growing list of universities and research institutions that have signed publishing agreements with PLOS, including the Big Ten Academic Alliance, the University of California system, CRL and NERL, Jisc, and the Sachsen and TIB consortia’s in Germany.Click here to read the original press release.