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Transformational OA agreements: help or hindrance? -

Covid-19 has been something of a double-edged sword for open access (OA). While the pandemic has highlighted the importance of all things open, its relentless virus continues to swallow up more and more of the community's scholarly budgets, making affordable routes to paying for OA as important as ever. Liam Earney, executive director, digital resources at Jisc, couldn't agree more. Pointing to the swift deposits of the very latest virus research from Imperial College London into its repository, he says: ‘This is just one example of how the pandemic has demonstrated the importance of open access, open science and more. We've seen a strong restatement of universities' commitment to open science in response to the pandemic.’

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