Fair Open Access Alliance and the TIB agree on cooperation

The aim is to switch scholarly journals to fair open access models

On 9 November 2017, the Technische Informationsbibliothek (TIB) – German National Library of Science and Technology signed a cooperation agreement with the Fair Open Access Alliance (FOAA). The aim is to switch journals to open access (journal flipping). The focus is initially on supporting the flipping of mathematical journals to Open Access.

The "Fair Open Access Principles" are to be applied during the conversion: These aim at a transparent structure of the journal, low and comprehensible cost models, no costs for the authors, and a clear Open Access orientation.

For TIB, the conversion of established journals to Open Access is an important part of the transition towards Open Access. "We are aiming at optimal access to journals that have already been introduced and are recognized in their communities. With our support of FOAA, we will contribute to establishing sustainable Open Access models that do not impose additional burdens on authors, "says Prof. Dr. Auer, Director of TIB.

Prof. Johan Rooryck, President of FOAA, was pleased to welcome the German National Library of Science and Technology on board: "TIB has agreed to support one of the journals of Mathematics in Open Access (MathOA) that are flipping to Fair Open Access. TIB is the first Supporting Participant to join us since we started FOAA in the summer of 2017, and we hope to welcome many more libraries and organisations in the future. We have set up a participant program for this purpose."

TIB strives for a continuous cooperation with FOAA. It will actively collaborate with the communities of mathematics and other disciplines.

Further information on the cooperation between FOAA and TIB can be found in a blog post (in German only) by Marco Tullney: blogs.tib.eu/wp/tib/2017/11/13/tib-unterstuetzt-fair-open-access-und-mathoa/