15 July 2020 | Report

Read & Publish contracts in the context of a dynamic scholarly publishing system

This report is the result of the study on Read & Publish agreements commissioned by EUA on behalf of 25 supporting organisations in May 2019. Carried out by Technopolis Group, the report explores the potential implications of ongoing structural changes in the scholarly publishing system.


The publication approaches the future of scholarly publishing via a set of four scenarios representing the scholarly publishing system’s “dominant” business models. The findings highlight that traditional subscription publishing is largely undesirable, while Read & Publish agreements are perceived as transitional arrangements. A majority of survey respondents, instead, indicated that two future scenarios – pure Open Access publishing by commercial actors, and community-ran, non-commercial publishing – are the most desirable.

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