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Using Data to Drive Decisions: Libraries, Publishers and the New Open

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Adam Der, License Manager, Max Planck Digital Library (MPDL) discussed how we use data and navigating OA. Researchers publish about 50,000 articles annually, many of them OA. We should focus on the authors who are publishing. We have an excellent team at MPDL that is dedicated to data analysis and focusing on publishing data. The ESAC initiative uncovers the publishing profile of our institution, and the ESAC Market Watch follows key words in demographics and the distribution of scholarly publishing such as the relevance of publishers as expressed in their share of articles published, the growth of OA in transformative agreements, and the costs of APCs. OA is a reality we cannot ignore and is already changing our relationships with publishers. We need data to understand our position and our directions.

Matthew Wilmott, Open Access Collection Strategist, California Digital Library (CDL) presented an analysis to support OA. The University of California (UC) system publishes about 30,000 articles/year. There are many pathways to OA. UC has reached 10 agreements with publishers, and about 1/3 of its articles are covered by those agreements. Here is the resulting analysis of the data:

  • What is our place in the publishing landscape? Top publishers include Elsevier, Springer Nature, Wiley, IEEE, and the American Chemical Society..
  • How should we move forward and Identify which publishers to work with?
  • What can we expect in the future? What are the results of an agreement under various models? Where there might be challenges?
  • What can we learn from our agreements? We must assess real world outcomes from each agreement.

The end result of this process is a determination of what it means to operate as a data-driven organization including an organizational approach and strategy. Analytical conversations are held with all stakeholders. We must be deliberate to bring all voices to the conversation. We are now much more conversant with the strategies and understand areas of risk. Controls are built based on risk analyses.

Melissa Junior: Director, Journals, American Society for Microbiology (ASM) said that ASM has long supported OA and is committed to harnessing all the good it has to offer while developing a sustainable business model for the organization: Options for authors to ensure funder compliance are provided. ASM’s strategic road map includes

  • Understanding costs and income per article,
  • Launching a cascade title, i.e. a place to publish rejected articles from the journals. (Cascade journals were described in an article in the Scholarly Kitchen, published on January 24,2018.)
  • Flipping hybrid/OA journals to full OA, and
  • Exploring alternative business models to move towards the ultimate goal of OA.

ASM is committed to keeping APCs competitive. It is essential to look at workflows and figure out where automating can be done..

Don Hawkins
Charleston Conference Blogger


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