Open Access 2020 – The Final Road to Open Access

Kai Geschuhn
06.12.2016, GESIS Köln (Konferenzraum Ost), 13:45

The last decades of the open access movement have made open access become strong as a principal- but weak in practice. Despite the many recommendations, mandates, guidelines, and alternative publishing routes the prevailing subscription system with which scholarly journals are distributed continues to exist. Only about 15 percent of scholarly articles per year are currently available via open access. Globally, research libraries still spend around 7.6 billion Euros annually on subscriptions.
Open Access 2020 is an international initiative that aims at converting the default business model of scholarly publishing from subscription to open access on a large scale. The initiative has been launched in 2015 by the Max Planck Society. A growing number of research organizations from around the world support OA2020 meanwhile. The financial backgrounds and mechanisms of the initiative will be introduced.

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Kai Geschuhn works at the Max Planck Digital Library in Munich. She holds a master’s degree in Library and Information Science. At Max Planck Digital Library she works at the interface between license management and open access. She is part of the negotiating teams for Max Planck’s offsetting agreements and she promotes the OA2020, the INTACT project and the ESAC initiative aiming at the transition of the current subscription system to open access business models. Kai is coauthor of the MPDL whitepaper “Disrupting the subscription journals’ business model for the necessary large-scale transformation to open access” published in 2014.