Following the opening of a call for tenders to conduct a study on so-called Read & Publish agreements with scientific publishers, EUA has selected Technopolis to carry out the work. Technopolis is a consultancy firm specialised in science and technology policy.
EUA and a coalition of 24 organisations representing national rectors' conferences, national negotiating consortia and libraries are funding the study in order to gain a better picture of the implications of Read & Publish agreements. Several countries have recently concluded such deals, combining reading access to publishers' collections with provisions for publishing research outputs in open access.
The study intends to support national negotiating consortia in developing better value for such agreements with publishers. The study also seeks to inform the dialogue between universities, research organisations, publishers and stakeholders within the EU as well as worldwide. The study will be conducted between May and December 2019.
Open access to scholarly resources has been a priority area for EUA for several years and the Association is an important advocate for transparency in this field. The 2019 Big Deals Survey Report, for instance, summarises information about costs and contract provisions of 169 agreements of 28 consortia.