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Emerald signs three-year transformative agreement with Bibsam

Emerald Publishing has announced that it has signed its first transformative open access agreement, with Sweden’s Bibsam Consortium.

Emerald signs three-year transformative agreement with Bibsam
Shelley Allen: "These agreements make a real difference in creating more openness in research."

This progressive deal will run from 2021 until 2023, and it will enhance the publishing journey for researchers from 29 of its academic members institutions through access to more than 200,000 articles from 310 journals as well as publishing vouchers to accommodate all of their needs, says Emerald Publishing.

Building on Emerald’s goal of reducing the participation and access barriers to publishing open, the agreement includes APCs and Open Access vouchers which can be used in all Emerald hybrid journals, Gold OA journals and Emerald Open Research; the open peer review platform that supports the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Shelley Allen, Head of Open Research at Emerald Publishing, said: “These agreements make a real difference in creating more openness in research by distributing research as widely as possible and simplifying the publishing process for authors so that research can be readily available to drive impact in society.

“We are delighted to have reached our first agreement with Bibsam and look forward to making open access publishing as easy as possible for their researchers.”

Anna Lundén, head of Division, National Library of Sweden said: “We are very pleased with this new transformative agreement between Emerald Publishing and participating organisations within the Bibsam Consortium. It covers the costs for Swedish researchers to publish an unlimited number of open access articles in all Emerald journals, hybrid as well as gold open access titles. The agreement also provides access to read all Emerald journals - over 300 titles in social sciences and engineering”.

The Bibsam consortium is operated by the National Library of Sweden. It was formed in 1996 and has 85 active participating institutions including universities, university colleges, and government-funded research institutions. Representatives from the participating organisations form the Bibsam steering committee, which works on strategic issues and policies regarding e-licensing in general and negotiations in particular.

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