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New Forum 13+ and Taylor & Francis Transformative Agreement to Realize the Benefits of Open Access for Germany’s Researchers

National deal will significantly accelerate OA publications in humanities and social sciences

Researchers in Germany will see a major boost to the reach and impact of their work as they join authors in other European countries benefitting from Taylor & Francis open access (OA) agreements.

A German library negotiation team under the umbrella of Forum 13+ and Taylor & Francis have announced a new three-year ‘read & publish’ deal, to begin in 2024. This will ensure researchers have continued access to Taylor & Francis journals and can choose OA for their articles in more than 2,000 Open Select (hybrid) titles.

These include journals under the Routledge imprint, one of the world’s largest Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) portfolios. It is anticipated that over 60% of articles published open access through the agreement will be in HSS subjects.

The agreement’s publishing allocation has been designed to enable all new articles with a corresponding author at one of the participating institutions to be made open access in hybrid Taylor & Francis journals.

German higher education and research institutions are now invited to join a consortium, with almost a hundred signaling their intention to do so during a consultation on the deal over the summer.

The consortium will be established and managed by the ZBW – Information Centre for Economics, a research-based information infrastructure for economics and a member of the German Leibniz Association.

Jens Lazarus, Head of Acquisition and Licensing at ZBW and lead negotiator for Forum 13+ said: “Taylor & Francis is one of the most important academic publishers in Germany, particularly in the social sciences and humanities. We are therefore pleased that we have concluded an agreement with Taylor & Francis that opens up comprehensive open access publishing opportunities. Authors from participating institutions will directly benefit from the advantages of open access publication. We have reached another milestone on the road to open access and look forward to working with T&F to take these developments even further.”

Alex Robinson, Chief Commercial Officer at Taylor & Francis, said: “Germany is a research and innovation powerhouse and we’re excited to see the global impact of that work maximized through our new open access partnership with Forum 13+.”

Robinson added: “Transformative agreements are now driving a significant proportion of Europe’s move to open access and making OA a straightforward choice for thousands more researchers. With the addition of Forum 13+, Taylor & Francis now has transformative agreements in 17 European countries, including Finland, The Netherlands, Switzerland and the UK.”

A recent report, ‘Accelerating open access in the UK’, explores in detail the first two years of Taylor & Francis’ OA partnership with the Jisc consortium and how it has boosted the global impact of research from UK institutions, particularly in the Arts & Humanities. Taylor & Francis expects the new agreement with Forum 13+ to fuel a similar acceleration for open research in Germany.

About Forum 13+

The Forum 13+ working group is an independent working group of experts from German library consortia as stakeholders in national licensing, open access infrastructure projects, university libraries, the German Library Association (dbv) and the German Research Foundation (DFG). The aim of the activities is to exchange information on issues relating to the modelling and practical implementation of open access transformation agreements and to coordinate negotiations with publishers or specialist societies.

About Taylor & Francis

Taylor & Francis supports diverse communities of experts, researchers and knowledge makers around the world to accelerate and maximize the impact of their work. We are a leader in our field, publish across all disciplines and have one of the largest Humanities and Social Sciences portfolios. Our expertise, built on an academic publishing heritage of over 200 years, advances trusted knowledge that fosters human progress.

Our 2650 people, based in a global network of offices in 17 countries, use their skills and the latest technology to curate, validate and share impactful advanced, emergent and applied knowledge. Under the Taylor & Francis, Routledge and F1000 imprints we publish 2700 journals, 8000 new books each year and partner with more than 700 scholarly societies.

Taylor & Francis is proud to be a Global Certified Accessible™ publisher and our operations and all our print publications are certified CarbonNeutral®.


Mark Robinson, Corporate Media Relations Manager, Taylor & Francis (mark.robinson@tandf.co.uk)

Dr Doreen Siegfried, Head of Marketing and Public Relations, ZBW (d.siegfried@zbw-online.eu)

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