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Thursday, November 22, 2007

Sweden supports OA journals

Sweden's has announced a project to launch new OA journals and convert existing TA journals to OA.  From the announcement:

The project supports the transition of scientific or learned Nordic journals to Open Access mode, either by supporting the transition of existing journals or the creation of new ones. The purpose is to provide information and tools for those university based organisations that serve as publishers for these Open Access journals, including both university libraries, university (electronic) presses, and others like these.

The target results of the project are

  1. Analysis of significant issues when scientific journals consider and execute a transition to Open Access publishing, and presentation of such analyses and the ensuing recommendations in written and electronic media
  2. Improvements in the computational infrastructure for operating a journal in Open Access mode, and analysis of its ramifications
  3. Creation of a network of stakeholders in Open Access publishing in the Nordic countries
  4. Strengthening Nordic university libraries and other university units in their publishing

The project is organized as six work groups (WG) that address different aspects of the overall topic of the project, like editorial software systems, business models, communication platforms, copyright support, low volume printing and governmental funding policies....

Project participants

  • Museum Tusculanum Press, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Copenhagen Business School Library, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Lund University, Lund, Sweden
  • Linköping University, together with Royal Institute of Technology (Stockholm), Sweden
  • University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway
  • University of Tromsø, Tromsø, Norway
  • University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland
  • Federation of Finnish Learned Societies Helsinki, Finland

The project has Nordic funding from the Nordbib programme. The Swedish participation in the project is co-financed by the the Swedish Research Council and The programme of the National Library of Sweden...