[MDL] FW: Announcing a New Round of Open Access Community Investment Program Funding Opportunities

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Mon Sep 20 15:53:49 EDT 2021

From: lyroffers-bounces at lyralists.lyrasis.org <lyroffers-bounces at lyralists.lyrasis.org> On Behalf Of Sharla Lair
Sent: Monday, September 20, 2021 1:33 PM
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Subject: [Lyroffers] Announcing a New Round of Open Access Community Investment Program Funding Opportunities

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Today, the LYRASIS Open Access Community Investment Program (OACIP)<https://bit.ly/LYR_OACIP> announces a new round of funding opportunities to support Open Access (OA) publishing by scholarly journals.

OACIP, a joint project between LYRASIS and Transitioning Society Publications to Open Access (TSPOA)<https://tspoa.org/>, is a community-driven framework that enables multiple stakeholders - including libraries of all types, academic departments, and funding agencies - to strategically evaluate and collectively fund open access content initiatives through an efficient process. OACIP doesn't just bring together investment opportunities in one place, it also provides important and consistent information about those opportunities to support informed and principled investment decisions. Participating publishers respond to criteria-based questions about their OA program, and the responses are posted on the OACIP website. Using this approach, OACIP provides tailored match-making between nonprofit scholarly publishers that are seeking financial investments from funders (like libraries) that want to support OA publishing aligning with their mission and values.

OACIP launched in 2020, piloting the program with two OA journals: Environmental Humanities and Combinatorial Theory. Thanks to many in the LYRASIS Community, both journals met their fundraising goals to sustainably publish OA, free to read and free to publish, for the next five years. We are building off the pilot's success by launching a second round of journals in need of investment. An OA scholarly publishing transformation can happen only with broad community support.

New OACIP Participating Journals

We are very excited to announce the journals seeking investments through OACIP in this next round. They are all Diamond OA journals, which means that they publish immediately OA with no fees for authors or readers. More information about each journal is below:

  *   Algebraic Combinatorics (ALCO)<https://bit.ly/3EFxZ9J> is a peer-reviewed, open access journal that published its first issue in January 2018. It is a specialty journal in the burgeoning field of algebraic combinatorics, spanning across and intricately linking several areas of mathematical research. ALCO was created after the entire editorial board of Springer-Nature's Journal of Algebraic Combinatorics announced their intention to resign. The current journal is owned by mathematicians, dedicated to free dissemination of research, and committed to not charging fees for authors or readers. ALCO seeks to raise a total of $125,000 to cover its next five years of publishing. These funds will be used to cover costs such as copy editing and fair editor compensation.

  *   History of Media Studies (HMS)<https://bit.ly/2ZbW9s0> is a new, peer-reviewed, scholar-run open access journal founded to augment understanding of the ways that media have been conceived, investigated, and studied around the world. The journal is published by mediastudies.press, a scholar-led, Diamond OA, nonprofit publisher launched in 2019. HMS seeks to raise a total of $62,500 to support five years of its publishing. Funds will be used to cover professional copy-editing/proofing, software, platform hosting, and other infrastructure.

  *   The Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication (JLSC)<https://bit.ly/3AogSGO> is a peer-reviewed open access journal particularly interested in the intersection of librarianship and publishing and the resulting role of libraries in both content dissemination and content creation. Publishing since 2012, JLSC became a publication of the Iowa State University (ISU) Digital Press in July 2021. JLSC seeks to raise a total of $90,000 to sustain five years of its publishing. Funds will be used to cover annual costs, including copy editing, layout, accessibility checking, and platform hosting.

Pledge Your Support and Invest in OACIP Today

More information about the journals and how you can invest in them can be found on the Open Access Community Investment Program webpage<https://bit.ly/LYR_OACIP>. The investment window is open now through July 31, 2022.

If you have questions or would like to pledge your support for any of the journals, please email oacip at lyrasis.org<mailto:oacip at lyrasis.org>.

Thank you,

Sharla Lair
LYRASIS Content & Scholarly Communication Initiatives Team<https://www.lyrasis.org/about/Pages/content-and-scholarly-communication.aspx>


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