Breaking the hegemony of Elsevier

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12 oktober 2015 | How to break the oligopoly of large academic publishers? A group of leading international linguists aims to make the accessibility of their work less dependent on expensive commercial publishers. They will soon be publishing their articles on a universal free access basis at extremely low cost with key Dutch support.

The editorial boards of five international scientific linguistic journals have chosen to make their research available for free at the open-access website LingOA. The plan is initiated by Dutch linguists and welcomed by six universities. Dutch universities are still in negotiations with academic publisher Elsevier about open-access. Two of the five linguistic journals are now under contract at Elsevier.

The six Dutch universities (University of Amsterdam, Leiden University, Radboud University Nijmegen, University of Groningen, Utrecht University and Free University Amsterdam) where linguistic research is conducted have consented to provide such a guarantee in the context of the  Association of Dutch Universities (VSNU). The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) will provide an additional subsidy.

Ubiquity Press

LingOA hopes to encourage other journals to move towards affordable Open Access. All the preparations to ensure the success of this step have been made. This Dutch initiative will promote the publication of articles in accordance with ‘fair’ Open Access. This means that the authors retain copyright to their articles, editorial boards will own the titles of their journals, and the publication platform charges considerably less for its services than commercial for-profit publishers currently do. In addition, the publication costs are transparent and linked to the actual services rendered.

Academic articles will be published by Ubiquity Press with the Open Library of Humanities as a long-term sustainability partner. OLH, whose?platform is also provided by Ubiquity Press, will guarantee the continued publication of the journals associated with LingOA after the first five years through its consortial library funding model. This ensures long-term sustainability. The first journals to be published by Ubiquity Press, from January 2016, as part of this initiative are LabPhon and the Journal of Portuguese Linguistics.

The journals Lingua and Journal of Greek linguistics are currently renegotiating their collaboration with their publishers.Several other reputable journals are expected to announce the transition to the new platform shortly. The Dutch universities, the university libraries, the Association of Dutch Universities (VSNU), The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), and the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) have expressed their support for this momentous step.

100% in 10 years

The Dutch universities support the LingOA initiative as they are strongly in favour of affordable open access to academic publications – an aim shared by the Dutch government. Open Access publications are easier to find, more frequently cited and reach a larger audience. This benefits not just science, but society and the economy at large.

According to targets set by State Secretary Dekker for Education, Culture and Science, five and ten years from now 60% and 100% , respectively, of all Dutch academic publicationsshould be open access publications. Signifying a major step towards a new model for open access, this initiative reflects the notion that academic publications financed from public resources should be universally accessible without any financial hurdles.


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