Brave new world or challenging reality?

Under this title a convention of Slovenian consortia for international scientific literature took place in Ljubljana on 15 September 2016. The event brougt together professionals interested to learn about the latest developments in big deals, open access and transformation of scientific publishing for greater openness. Presentations in English and the recording are available.

In the opening address, the Director of the Slovenian Research Agency Prof Dr József Györkös summarized the funding of convention topics by the Agency. The figures are publicly available at the Agency website. Prof Györkös challenged the audience to reflect on the sustainability of research evaluation models, on the pricing policies of publishers and on open access as the sun on a horizon, shining equally for all.


Director of the Slovenian Research Agency Prof Dr József Györkös addressed the convention

The National Strategy of Open Access to Scientific Publications and Research Data in Slovenia 2015-2020 was adopted by the Government of the Republic of Slovenia in September 2015. Dr Meta Dobnikar, Head of Science Sector at the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport, presented the key aspects of the strategy (full alignment with open access in Horizon 2020, gold open access journals, published with national funding, pilot for open research data). She informed the audience that the action plan for implementation of the strategy is nearly completed.

6. strokovno srečanje slovenskih nabavnih konzorcijev mednarodne znanstvene literature

Dr Meta Dobnikar from the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport presented the national strategy of open access

The analysis showed that 5,577 articles, coauthored by at least one Slovenian researcher, were published in Scopus indexed journals in 2015. Out of these, 911 were published in open access journals, of which 427 did not require payment of Article Processing Charges, and for 484 articles APCs were paid. APCs were also covered for 228 open access articles in hybrid journals. Together, the paid APCs in Scopus indexed journals in 2015 amounted to 1,123,901 million EUR. The librarians Dunja Legat, MSc, Miro Pušnik, MSc, Maja Vihar, Dr Uroš Kunaver and Rok Štukelj estimate that approximately 60 percent of this amount was contributed by Slovenian coauthors.

Liam Earney’s (Jisc) update on the licensing of academic journals in the United Kingdom was presented by Dr Paul Ayris. Jisc negotiates with publishers within the framework of the total cost of ownership, combining subscriptions and Article Processing Charges. There are challenges with offsetting agreements. Sustainability needs to be taken into account from the beginning. International cooperation is a prerequisite for worldwide transformation of subscription journals to open access journals.

Experiences from the first offsetting agreement and a mini analysis showed that open access is not the major criterion of Slovenian researchers when choosing the journal. Karmen Štular Sotošek, MA, from the National and University Library said that journal quality and impact factors are more pressing issues.

Open access university presses are one of the possible future models of scholarly publishing. Dr Paul Ayris enthusiastically presented the UCL Press that was launched in June 2015 and is the first fully open access university press in the United Kingdom. The press publishes monographs, textbooks nad journals (own and hosted). The usage is very high and has also spurred the sales of Print on Demand versions.

6. strokovno srečanje slovenskih nabavnih konzorcijev mednarodne znanstvene literature

Dr Paul Ayris of University College London spoke of library as a leader in open access innovations

Stockholm University Press is a publishing venture for researchers by researchers. Sofie Wennström stressed that the key drivers for the university press are robust model for quality assessment, a non-for-profit approach, easy access to open scholarly communication tools, creation of impact and sharing of knowledge. The university press is a local publishing partner with a global reach.

Catalan academic libraries perform library activities as consortial functionality whenever it is possible, said Lluis Anglada i de Ferrer. The examples are traditional library services, licensing, repositories,and new services for researchers.

6. strokovno srečanje slovenskih nabavnih konzorcijev mednarodne znanstvene literature

Lluis Anglada i de Ferrer believes that consortial cooperation is key for supporting researchers

Mojca Kotar
University of Ljubljana
University Office of Library Services

Photo Credits: Gašper Lešnik

Mojca Kotar

Mojca Kotar, Assistant Secretary General of the University of Ljubljana in the University Office of Library Services. OpenAIRE National Open Access Desk for Slovenia.

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