The USC Libraries have entered into four new transformative agreements with academic publishers, bringing the total number to nine.
Under the agreements, which cover thousands of journal titles, the Institute of Physics (IOP), PLOS (Public Library of Science), the Royal Society, and Springer will give USC authors the option to make their work freely available to readers under an open access model. In addition, the customary article processing fees that publishers charge for open-access articles will be waived. The agreements thus broaden access to USC scholarship and realize cost savings for USC authors.
These four new transformative agreements—negotiated by consortia in which the USC Libraries maintain membership— build off previous agreements announced in 2021 and 2022. Those remain in effect. Alyssa G. Resnick, associate dean for technical services and collection development, has spearheaded the libraries' transformative agreement efforts and is responsible for implementing them.