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OpenEdition Freemium: developing a sustainable library-centered economic model for open access

Abstract : In February 2011, the Centre for open electronic publishing (Cléo, France) launched the new portal OpenEdition. Mainly focused on the humanities and social sciences, this portal brings together three open access platforms: (290 academic journals and book series), Calenda (15 000 academic event annoucements), (180 scholarly blogs). OpenEdition provides content to 2 million users per month worldwide. The journal platform alone,, founded in 1999, is now an umbrella for 143 full open access journals. OpenEdition aims at developing an innovative economic model for Open Access through a Freemium programme, tailored for libraries and their patrons. OpenEdition Freemium offers a set of services on top of the open access contents delivered on its three platforms. OpenEdition Freemium is an opportunity for libraries to get involved in developing a global open access ecosystem for scholars and students. It is designed to give libraries a central position and an active part in the support of open access. The gated content system slows the dissemination of knowledge and puts libraries in the position of mere gatekeepers, worsening the digital divide. After 20 years, neither the green road nor gold road to open access has succeeded in developing the model of Open Access publication through libraries. The Centre for open electronic publishing now offers a third road to open access, the OpenEdition Freemium programme.
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Jean-Christophe Peyssard. OpenEdition Freemium: developing a sustainable library-centered economic model for open access. World Library and Information Congress : 77th IFLA General Conference and Assembly , IFLA, Jun 2016, San Juan, Porto Rico. ⟨halshs-01330448⟩



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