Research Publishing: Switzerland’s Frontiers Announces a Flat-Fee Partnership

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Potentially dwarfing its University of California deal, Switzerland’s Frontiers opens a 223-journal flat-fee program with the University of Kansas.

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Open Access, No Charge to a Researcher
The Lausanne-based research publisher Frontiers has today (November 2) announced a second flat-fee publishing partnership, this time with the University of Kansas in the United States. Its first such arrangement is with the University of California, and was announced in August.

The Kansas agreement is for one year starting in January and will allow “corresponding authors affiliated with the University of Kansas’ Lawrence and Edwards campuses [to] receive unlimited publishing across all 223 Frontiers journals without charge to the researchers.”

In this regard, the Kansas agreement is potentially larger than that with California, in that the Californian program is a pilot that provides access to 19 of Frontiers’ journals. The scale of choice in 223 journals is obviously much more extensive.

Scott Hanrath

Scott Hanrath, associate dean of research engagement at the University of Kansas, is quoted for today’s media messaging, saying, “University of Kansas Libraries are committed to meeting the needs of KU researchers by leading efforts that move scholarly publishing toward a more open, sustainable future.

“Our agreement with Frontiers will make it easier and more affordable for KU-affiliated researchers to publish their work in open access journals.”

Ronald Buitenhuis

And for Frontiers, the company’s head of institutional partnerships Ronald Buitenhuis says, “It’s our pleasure to welcome the University of Kansas to our family of over more than 700 institutional partners and to celebrate this agreement which, for the first time under our new flat-fee model, covers publishing in all Frontiers’ journals.

“The partnership marks a new chapter for KU-affiliated researchers who will now benefit from publishing in all Frontiers fully open access journals without charge to the researcher.”

The company’s announcement adds, “These partnerships support the goal, shared by those committed to open science, to shift the paradigm away from traditional subscriptions, transformative read-and-publish models, and APC-driven agreements. Created in collaboration with our institutional partners, the flat-fee model is a natural progression towards this goal and will contribute to improved transparency and reduced administrative effort in the publishing market. ”


More from Publishing Perspectives on open access is here, more on scholarly and academic publishing is here, more on scholarly journals is here, and more on the Swiss market is here.

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Porter Anderson has been named International Trade Press Journalist of the Year in London Book Fair's International Excellence Awards. He is Editor-in-Chief of Publishing Perspectives. He formerly was Associate Editor for The FutureBook at London's The Bookseller. Anderson was for more than a decade a senior producer and anchor with CNN.com, CNN International, and CNN USA. As an arts critic (Fellow, National Critics Institute), he was with The Village Voice, the Dallas Times Herald, and the Tampa Tribune, now the Tampa Bay Times. He co-founded The Hot Sheet, a newsletter for authors, which now is owned and operated by Jane Friedman.

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