Unlimited publishing with the open access publisher PLOS for researchers from over 40 German institutions

TIB and PLOS conclude agreement for German consortium: scientists benefit from unlimited publication quota

The TIB – Leibniz Information Centre for Science and Technology and the Public Library of Science (PLOS) have signed a consortium agreement that enables member institutions to participate in the three innovative publication models of the open access publisher PLOS.

The two-year agreement offers unlimited publishing rights in PLOS journals to researchers who are part of the institutions participating in the consortium. The agreement includes the elimination of author article charges (APCs) for the entire PLOS portfolio. This is the first time that TIB has negotiated a consortium agreement with a Gold OA publisher that is open to institutions across Germany. The TIB-led consortium has more than 40 members.

”There is a clear need for an agreement that will allow universities, universities of applied sciences and research institutions to centrally cover publication fees in PLOS journals for their researchers, and as consortial leader it is our mission to meet those needs. This partnership will play a key role in alleviating barriers for researchers when publishing their work Open Access, such as eliminating author-facing article processing charges (APCs) and including the entire PLOS portfolio under the deal,” says Dr Irina Sens, Deputy Director of TIB.

”This agreement represents a new model for institutions to collaborate and invest equitably in our shared interests to advance Open Science," says Sara Rouhi, Director of Strategic Partnerships at PLOS. ”TIB shares our commitment to developing business models that move researchers and journals towards a more equitable and accessible form of publishing,” she continues.

For more information on the agreement, visit tib-konsortientibeu