managing and sharing research to speed science and understanding. Securing
the right to deposit articles in institutional or discipline-based repositories may
facilitate the development of new and more sustainable modes of access and
Springer has led the way with innovative and open-minded agreements,
taking a bold step into a new publishing landscape and demonstrating a
willingness to partner with universities. The old subscription model is no longer
the only model for journal publishing, and its sustainability is in question. The
opportunity exists for all three legs of the stool—universities, publishers, and
authors—to work on a newly balanced model that serves to benefit us all.
Whether to share ideas for managing climate change or an AIDS vaccine, this is
a time for fostering partnerships to support the evolution of scholarly publishing
toward a more open environment, built on a sustainable foundation.
See “Max Planck Society and Springer Reach Agreement,” Max Planck Society press release, February 4,
2008/pressRelease20080204/. Earlier agreements, though less well known in the US, were signed by the
Dutch University Consortium and the University of Gottingen with Springer in June 2007 and October
2007, respectively. Details about the UC agreement, including an FAQ for faculty, are available on the
university’s Reshaping Scholarly Communication Web site at
University of California Office of Scholarly Communication and the California Digital Library eScholarship
Program in association with Greenhouse Associates Inc., “Faculty Attitudes and Behaviors Regarding
Scholarly Communication: Survey Findings from the University of California,” August 2007: 61,
http://osc.universityofcalifornia.edu/responses/materials/OSC-survey-full-20070828.pdf; Denise Troll
Covey, “Faculty Rights and Other Scholarly Communication Practices,” faculty survey performed at
Carnegie Mellon University, presented at Digital Library Federation Fall Forum, Boston, November 8, 2006.
For an overview of the January 2009 meeting, see Karla Hahn, “Achieving the Full Potential of Repository
Deposit Policies” in this issue of RLI.
See “MIT Faculty Open-Access Policy,” Scholarly Publication—MIT Libraries, http://info-
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