We have published a discussion paper which outlines potential transition strategies and business models that could be used alone or in combination.

The paper will be further developed and improved with feedback from this survey and further discussion with learned society publishers and other stakeholders.

We are using this survey to reach out to a broad spectrum of society publishers, all of whom we are keen to hear from. This format will help us to analyse your feedback and we provide plenty of free-text opportunities. You are also welcome to contact us directly at:

The first five questions are about the journals you publish. This will enable us to review your responses in context.

The questions that follow are about the 7 categories of approaches and models so far identified. (These can used alone or in combination) They are:

·      Transformative Models

·       Cooperative Infrastructure & Funding Models

·       Evolving Traditional Models

·       Article Transaction Models

·       Open Platforms

·       Other Revenue Models

·       Strategies for Change and Cost Reduction
Finally, we ask about ideas you may have and are willing to share.

We thank you for your time.

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* 1. How many titles do you have?

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* 2. Do you self-publish?

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* 3. In which subject areas do you publish?

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* 4. Please tell us about the transition status of your portfolio of journals.

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* 5. Please tell us in which country your Society has its headquarters.

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* 6. We list five Transformative Models:
  • Choreographed shift models
  • Read & Publish models 
  • Publish and Read models
  • California Digital Library pilot transformative agreement
  • Subscribe to Open
These approaches re-purpose existing spend to open content.
We are interested in your experience of these models and if you would consider them. (You can select more than one of the checkboxes below).

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* 7. Cooperative Infrastructure + Funding Models require close cooperation between libraries and publishers, for example , HRČAK, Kotilava, Open Library for the Humanities and Project MUSE. Please tell us about your level of interest in this type of collaboration.

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* 8. Evolving Traditional Models: So long as a peer reviewed version of the full text is made openly available under a CC-BY license at the time of publication, publishers can continue to use the traditional library subscription model for journals and be Plan S compliant.
Please tell us about your interest in these models.

  Extremely Interested Very interested Somewhat interested Not interested Don't know
Author self-archiving or access via a publisher platform: Journals can continue to operate a subscription model indefinitely, and be fully OA and Plan S compliant, if they actively enable the sharing of accepted manuscripts or final journal articles, at the time of publication, with a CC-BY license.
Reverse paywalls: All articles are immediately published OA and no APCs are charged. The articles remain free for a period of time (say a year) after which they are placed back behind a paywall and are only available via subscription.

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* 9. Article Transaction Models: Please tell us about your interest in these models.

  Extremely interested Very interested Somewhat interested Not interested Don't know
APC-funded OA: All content is published OA because publishing costs are covered by upfront Article Publishing Charges.
Institutional prepay models: Individuals, libraries, or consortia pay an upfront fee to the publisher in exchange for a fee-waived or discounted APC for themselves or for affiliated authors.
Submission Payments: Payments used in combination with reduced APCs, for example, to spread the cost burden between authors who submit articles that are rejected and those that are accepted. 

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* 10. Open platforms
F1000 platforms and gateways are hosted services that allow organisations to create a branded area/website to which authors submit papers for publication. Then you, or others, can create services like overlay journals and to charge for these services. Please tell us about your level of interest in this type of service.

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* 11. Other Revenue Models. Please tell us if you already use any of these, or if it is likely you would do so.

  We already do this this It is  likely we would do this It is unlikely we would do this
Crowd-funding or Crowd-pledging
Bequests/Donations/Endowments/Subsidies (sometimes known as Platinum OA)
Freemium models

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* 12. Strategies for Change and Cost Reduction. Please let us know if your are already using these strategies or how likely it is you would do so.

  We already do or have done this It is likely we would do this It is unlikely that we would do this
Flipping Journals: Hybrid journals  flipped to become fully OA journals.
Close or combine journals: A potential way to reduce costs or to concentrate the proportion of authors able and willing to pay APCs into a single title.
Cooperative Infrastructure: For example, The Collaborative Knowledge Foundation (CoKo), Libero, and Open Journal Systems (OJS).
Increase article numbers
Launch a journal
Online only publishing
Splitting journals: Splitting an existing hybrid journal into two entirely separate parts with different business models is a potential transition strategy.

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* 13. Please tell us more about any strategies and/or business models through which you could potentially adapt under Plan S. We are eager to hear about the creative ideas you might have and are willing to share.

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* 14. What, if any, support would you require from other stakeholders to transition to this strategy and/or business model.