Open Access Week is a time for both celebration of the open sharing of knowledge and general reflection on the state of academic publishing. In March 2020 the California State University system announced a groundbreaking "transformative" subscription agreement with Elsevier, one of the world’s largest academic publishers of scholarly journals across all disciplines.
The agreement allows CSU campuses fee-free access to CSU faculty's works published in participating Elsevier Science Direct journals, regardless of subscription status, as well as providing for fee-per-article open-access publishing to our faculty.
As this pilot agreement is up for review in 2021, now may be a good time to reflect upon its impact. Our presenters and panelists will take a deep dive into the outcomes and sustainability of this transformative “Read and Publish-Plus” arrangement.
Emily Chan and Melissa Seelye will provide an overview of the CSU-Elsevier pilot agreement, providing background and results of CSU faculty open access publishing.
Additionally, authors of the article “Transformative agreements: Six myths, busted” will discuss their findings regarding the state of transformative agreements. Some of the important questions addressed in this session will include: Do transformative agreements truly further the goals of open access publishing? Who wins, who loses? Where do we go from here? What are the long-term impacts? Does open access have a sustainable, long term future?
- Emily Chan - San Jose State University
- Melissa Seelye - San Francisco State University
- Ashley Farley - Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
- Allison Langham-Putrow - University of Minnesota
- Elisabeth Shook - Boise State University
- Leila Belle Sterman - Montana State University
- Megan Wacha - City University of New York
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