10 June 2021
In May 2021, EDP Sciences announced that its complete mathematics journal portfolio of six subscription titles—including the flagship journal "ESAIM: Mathematical Modelling and Numerical analysis"— transitioned to Open Access (OA) under the innovative Subscribe-to-Open (S2O) model. In partnership with Knowledge Unlatched (KU), EDP Sciences will be asking libraries and institutions currently subscribing to any of the six journals to renew for 2021 and beyond on a S2O basis, thus contributing to maintaining these journals OA in years to come.
With this flip, EDP Sciences is fulfilling part of its mission to make the mathematics content it publishes freely available and as widespread as possible. "All newly accepted articles in the six journals are now published in OA with a CC-BY licence without article processing charges (APCs)," says Anne Ruimy, Senior Publisher at EDP Sciences. "This model has the strong support of the French mathematics community and we invite all subscribing libraries to back the S2O model, as it is proving to be a sustainable OA solution that keeps journal content open and free."
"It’s encouraging to see the uptake of the S2O model, particularly in the subject area of mathematics,” says Philipp Hess, KU’s Head of Publisher Relations. “Working with a publisher of EDP Sciences’ caliber and expertise is yet another confirmation that scholarly publishing is paying attention to the signals from the market and is willing to embrace innovation for the sake of a sustainable future for open research.”
EDP Sciences will receive support from KU in introducing the S2O model to libraries, working with the Subscription Division of EBSCO Information Services for related transactions. By building on current subscription processes, the S2O model reaffirms librarians’ roles as decision-makers and curators who continue to influence and shape the landscape of OA journal publishing. KU and EDP Sciences are additionally engaged in making OA a joint community effort by participating in the “S2O Community of Practice”, which is a group of industry-wide stakeholders that work collaboratively on making S2O a more understood and practiced business model across scholarly publishing.