Working together is essential in bringing a change to the models of scholarly publishing. The scholarly community all over Europe and the world is working together to make scholarly publishing open and costs sustainable. FinELib consortium is one of the many scholarly organisations which have signed the OA2020 initiative mapping practical steps towards the transition to open access. Other important initiatives for open access are for example LERU’s Christmas is over and EUA’s Roadmap on Open Access to Research Publications.

During the negotiations the big picture of administrative work for open access becomes clearer. The aim is that OA publishing processes work as smoothly as possible. In order to achieve this libraries, researchers, research organisations and publishers need to work together.

In June we had a chat with Dr. Ralf Shimmer, a well-known open access advocate from the Max Planck institute. Watch the second part of the interview below for his view on the role of research organisations and consortia in promoting open access.

More information: Scholarly publications - FinELib negotiations