New publishing agreement with Copernicus for investment in open access

Researchers from all of the Bibsam Consortium’s participating institutions can publish in journals from Copernicus, without charges for authors or institutions.

As an outcome of Swedish research funders' strategic decision to jointly cover publishing costs with fully open access publishers, a new Bibsam agreement has been concluded with Copernicus. This publishing agreement enables all researchers affiliated with any of the Bibsam Consortium’s participating institutions to publish in Copernicus’ journals, regardless of article type, and without fees for the author or the institution.

The costs of the agreement are jointly covered by the Swedish Research Council, Formas, Forte, and Vinnova. Similar publishing agreements have been concluded with eLife, Frontiers, JMIR Publications, MJS Publishing, and PLOS.

About the agreement with Copernicus

Established in 1994, Copernicus Publications is a fully open access, not-for-profit society publisher whose portfolio of journals covers geosciences, environmental sciences, engineering, and life sciences. At present, Copernicus publishes nearly 50 journals in these fields.

The agreement with Copernicus, effective from January 1, 2024, spans two years (2024-2025). It is estimated that researchers affiliated with the Bibsam Consortium’s participating institutions will publish approximately 75 articles annually under this agreement.

Read more about Copernicus on the publisher’s website Länk till annan webbplats.

About the Bibsam Consortium

The National Library of Sweden has, since 1996, negotiated licence agreements for electronic information resources and publishing agreements on behalf of Swedish universities and university colleges, as well as public agencies and research institutes. In 2023, the Consortium’s turnover was approximately EUR 60 million.

Read more about the Bibsam Consortium

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