Libraries and Diamond Open Access

The following is the redacted text of a statement given by Demmy Verbeke at the “The Diamond Open Access Model: what impact on research?” webinar organized by Academia Europaea Cardiff, KU Leuven Libraries and the Young Academy of Europe on March 28, 2022.  Academic libraries have a responsibility in the context of Diamond Open Access on at least two levels. For more than a decade now, librarians worldwide have played a role in promoting OA, explaining the various options to…

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Opening The Future: A new funding model for OA monographs

Opening the Future is a collective subscription model for OA books. Libraries can sign up for its membership scheme, which implies that they grow their collections and support Open Access at the same time. The objective is to raise small contributions from a large number of academic libraries, so that no single institution bears a disproportionate burden. How does it work? A library subscribes to a backlist package of non-OA books offered by a publisher. The publisher makes this backlist…

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Open Access terminology (bis)

A previous post shed some much needed light on the complex world of OA terminology. It certainly helps to be familiar with these names, although we cannot claim that all possible questions can be answered with one post. What about Black OA, Rogue OA, Radical OA and Platinum OA? Can Bronze OA actually be called OA? And is Elsevier really talking about the same approach to Diamond OA as the early advocates for community-driven, APC-free OA do when they plan…

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Not Only Transformative Agreements

More and more institutions and consortia of libraries conclude so-called read-and-publish deals or transformative agreements with legacy publishers. But this new incarnation of the big deal is not without its critics. The hard line opposition argues that transformative agreements hamper  progression and should therefore be avoided at all cost. A less radical approach is to make sure that the available budget is not spent exclusively on transformative agreements but is also used to support alternatives, fostering diversity of business models…

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Interview: Professor Martin Kohlrausch about the KU Leuven Fund for Fair Open Access

In order to boost Open Access publications, the KU Leuven Fund for Fair Open Access helps finance OA books published by Leuven University Press. Professor Martin Kohlrausch shares his experiences about publishing his book in OA. Your book is published open access thanks to the support of the KU Leuven Fund for Fair Open Access. How did the open access publication process go? What makes open access so attractive for you/your book? Have you thus far noticed that your book reaches a…

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Interview: Professor Fred Truyen about Digital Humanities

Merisa Martinez interviewed Professor Fred Truyen, head of the DH Master’s at KU Leuven and a long-time ICT enthusiast, about his experiences in the field of Digital Humanities. My first question is how long have you been working in the field of Digital Humanities? That’s a difficult question. I came to Digital Humanities from ICT. When I finalized my PhD thesis in 1991, I started as the head of ICT of the Faculty of Arts. They had difficulties to attract…

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What’s in a number? A closer look at Open Access readership data

Whereas academic journals that offer Gold OA options have become widespread in the last decade, the transition to Open Access for academic books is lagging behind, despite the fact that monographs are still the leading publishing format in the Humanities and Social Sciences. In order to boost the publication of OA books, KU Leuven Libraries reserved a substantial part of the KU Leuven Fund for Fair Open Access, established in 2018, to help finance OA books published by Leuven University Press (LUP). We…

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Interview: Why Open Science? There can be no public trust in scholarship without openness

Mathematical engineer Joos Vandewalle, emeritus professor at the Faculty of Engineering Science (ESAT-STADIUS), is the very first Open Science ambassador at KU Leuven. Katrien Bollen, from KU Leuven’s Press Office and Policy Communications, interviewed Prof. Vandewalle about his views on Open Science. The general public needs to trust scientists, and that requires openness. “In fact, without public trust, science loses much of its value. The corona crisis is a good example of this, but the same goes for research into,…

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