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2 April 2019 /

Cambridge University Press reaches major Open Access agreement in Germany

Cambridge University Press has reached a major Open Access agreement with the Bavarian State Library (Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, BSB) on behalf of higher education and research institutions across Germany.

The three-year ‘read and publish’ agreement has been concluded with the German academic library consortium, which represents research universities, universities of applied sciences, non-university research institutions and academic libraries.

The agreement was negotiated and coordinated by BSB with financial support from the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft).

Read and publish agreements pay for an institution to access a publisher’s journals and also cover the Article Processing Charges authors from that institution would normally pay to publish their work Open Access with that publisher.

Authors from institutions affiliated to the consortium can publish publicly-financed research articles in the Press’s hybrid journals. In addition, consortium members will have full access to their choice out of four prestigious collections of Cambridge University Press journals, depending on the institution.

It follows a ground-breaking read and publish agreement between the Press and the Bibsam consortium of Swedish higher education and research institutions in November. A similar agreement was struck with the UKB consortium of Dutch university libraries in May 2017.

Chris Bennett, Global Sales Director (Academic Publishing) at the Press, said: ‘This agreement is the latest in a series of read and publish deals to establish Open Access publishing in Cambridge journals for publicly-financed research articles. Together, they clearly demonstrate our determination to be at the forefront of building a sustainable, responsible transition to full Open Access on behalf of our authors, their institutions and those who fund them.’

Hildegard Schäffler, Head of Serials and Licensing at BSB, said: “We are delighted that we have been able to work with Cambridge University Press on the successful conversion of our long-standing consortium for Cambridge Journals into an innovative read and publish agreement and thus make an important contribution to the process of transition to full Open Access.”

Mandy Hill, Managing Director of Academic Publishing at the Press, said: ‘This and other recent agreements are part and parcel of our long-term commitment to Open Research – making scholarly publishing more accessible, while ensuring sustainability and quality for the academic community.’




John Clare, Communications Manager for Cambridge University Press

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Notes to editors:

About Cambridge University Press’s read and publish agreements: Cambridge University Press has made a number of Read and Publish agreements to establish Open Access publishing in Cambridge journals for publicly-financed research articles. Details of these agreements can be found on the Press’s website.

About Cambridge University Press: Cambridge University Press is part of the University of Cambridge. It furthers the University's mission by disseminating knowledge in the pursuit of education, learning and research at the highest international levels of excellence. Its extensive peer-reviewed publishing lists comprise 50,000 titles covering academic research and professional development, as well as school-level education and English language teaching. Playing a leading role in today's international marketplace, Cambridge University Press has more than 50 offices around the globe, and it distributes its products to nearly every country in the world.

About Open Research at the Press: As the Open Research movement seeks to unlock the potential in academic research by making knowledge accessible to all; we believe that making Open Research work for our communities is crucial.  Our history, relationship with the University and not-for-profit status creates a strong position from which we can engage the community, invest in innovative solutions and play an important role in helping to shape Open Research as it evolves.

About the Bavarian State Library:

The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, founded in 1558 by Duke Albrecht V, is an international research library of world renown. With its approx. 33 million media units the library is one of the most important cultural heritage institutions of the world. With more than 2.3 million digitized works, the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek holds the largest digital data stock of all German libraries. A large variety of services is offered in the field of innovative digital use scenarios.

About the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG): The DFG is the self-governing organisation for science and research in Germany. It serves all branches of science and the humanities. In organisational terms, the DFG is an association under private law. Its membership consists of German research universities, non-university research institutions, scientific associations and the Academies of Science and the Humanities. DFG is the largest public funder of research and also funds information infrastructure in Germany.

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