OA2020-DE and Knowledge Unlatched planning large-scale conversion of
journals to Open Access
Bielefeld/Berlin, 09.10.2018. OA202-DE, the German National Contact
Point Open Access, and Knowledge Unlatched (KU), the central platform for sustainable
Open Access (OA) financing models, are working together to convert scientific
journals from a subscription model to Open Access on a large scale. As many as
50 journals from ten publishers are to be made available to all users free of charge
from 2019. The conversion is to be financed by an international consortium over a
period of three years. Savings in subscription funds from the negotiations of the
DEAL project will be used by German libraries for this purpose.
"The switch to Open Access for journals must be accelerated, and libraries can play
a central role in this phase," says Dirk Pieper, Head of OA2020-DE. "It is precisely by
shifting funds within the framework of the DEAL project negotiations that many of us
now have the opportunity to allocate funds in such a way that the transformation can
succeed”. In addition, OA2020-DE and KU are striving to involve international consortia
and other institutions as partners in the project.
"Ever since its inception Knowledge Unlatched has sought to make as much book
and journal content available Open Access as possible," says Dr. Sven Fund, Managing
Director of KU. "We are pleased to be able to support OA2020-DE and other
international partners in the Big Flip with our know-how and our infrastructure.”
50 journals from all fields of science and research have been submitted by ten publishers
and are now being selected by a Title Selection Committee. The following
publishers are participating in the project: American Institute of Physics, Berghahn,
Brill, De Gruyter, Emerald, John Benjamins, and a few other publishers. Libraries are
now invited to commit financial support to the project via Knowledge Unlatched.
About OA2020-DE: The Alliance of German Science Organisations promotes the
National Open Access Contact Point with the aim of creating the conditions for largescale
Open Access transformation in Germany. Complementary to the DEAL project,
which is also funded by the Alliance, OA2020-DE is developing new Open Access
business models in cooperation with players in the scientific publication system.
About Knowledge Unlatched (KU): Knowledge Unlatched (KU) offers free access to
scholarly content for every reader across the world. Our online platform provides
libraries worldwide with a central place to support Open Access models from leading
publishing houses and new OA initiatives.