OhioLINK announces it has entered into a 3-year “read & publish” agreement with Cambridge University Press. Students, faculty, and staff at OhioLINK institutions that participate in its Electronic Journal Center (EJC) will have access to current research from all Cambridge University Press journals. Authors at member institutions will be able to publish an unlimited number of open-access articles in eligible Cambridge journals. This is the first read & publish deal OhioLINK has implemented at a consortial level to offer open access publishing benefits to its member institutions.
“We are excited to more than double the number of Cambridge journal titles available online through our Electronic Journal Center, while also being able to offer authors uncapped, open-access publishing at no additional cost to our members,” said OhioLINK Executive Director Amy Pawlowski.
Kellie O’Rourke, Head of Library Sales, Americas, for Cambridge University Press said, “It is great to expand our journals partnership with OhioLINK institutions, and implement a sustainable way for every member to publish research open access. We are delighted that this consortium has chosen to work with us to deliver a first transformative agreement at scale across the state of Ohio, and that we can provide expanded value to the range of diverse institutions and organizations who will participate.”
OhioLINK consortium members include 10 very high and high research activity institutions, as well many private, public, and 2-year colleges.
From January 1, 2022 through December 31, 2024, eligible members will have access to more than 400 journals published by Cambridge University Press, including any new journals acquired by Cambridge during the contract period. OhioLINK also will have permanent online access to the current year for subscribed titles, as well as temporary access to select backfile issues during the contract.
In addition, the new agreement gives authors at OhioLINK member institutions the opportunity to choose open access at no additional cost when publishing research articles in any of the more than 300 Cambridge University Press gold and hybrid journals. There is no limit to the number of open access articles that can be published under the agreement.
Open access publishing is considered to be a more equitable approach to academic content because research is made available regardless of an institution’s or author’s ability to pay for access. The immediate availability of open access research results in more citations for authors and broader dissemination of cutting-edge scholarship.
About OhioLINK: Connecting libraries, learning and discovery
Established in 1992, the Ohio Library and Information Network (OhioLINK) is Ohio’s statewide academic library consortium serving 117 libraries, 88 institutions of higher education plus the State Library of Ohio, and more than 800,000 students. Delivering both IT infrastructure and content negotiation, OhioLINK provides students and faculty with access to digital research collections rivaling top university libraries in the United States and internationally—at a fraction of the cost. OhioLINK also connects library services, print and digital collections among its member institutions and manages collaborative services, including eTutoring, statewide Affordable Learning textbook initiatives and open educational resources. OhioLINK is a member of the Ohio Technology Consortium within the Ohio Department of Higher Education.
About Cambridge University Press: Cambridge University Press is part of the University of Cambridge and is the academic publishing group of Cambridge University Press & Assessment. It publishes academic books and journals and serves customers in higher education through the provision of world-leading research and education products and services. https://www.cambridge.org/