Cambridge University Press (CUP) has entered into a three-year transformative agreement with the University of California (UC) in what is said to be UC's first such with a major publisher.
The agreement is designed to maintain UC's access to CUP journals while also supporting open access (OA) publishing for UC authors. UC will have full and permanent access to the Press's entire collection of 400-plus journals, while OA publishing will be available to authors across the UC's 10 campuses. Because the subscription "reading" fee will go down as UC's OA publishing goes up, the university will see no "significant" overall increase to the cost of its contract. The agreement will run from 2019 through 2021.
Kellie O'Rourke, Cambridge's head of library sales for the Americas, said: "We are absolutely thrilled to see Cambridge's long-standing partnership with the University of California deepen with this new agreement. It's a decisive step forward for Cambridge's vision of a sustainable, open access future for journals publishing in North America, and globally."
Dennis Ventry, UC Davis professor of law and vice chair of the Academic Senate University Committee on Library and Scholarly Communication, said: "We are delighted that Cambridge is enthusiastic about partnering with us to ensure that researchers around the world, the taxpayers who fund our work, and the general public, will have immediate and perpetual access to the research we do here at the University of California."
The University of California recently decided to terminate its journals subscriptions with Elsevier after the two parties failed to agree terms on an open access deal.
The UC partnership is CUP's first such deal in the Americas. Earlier this month, CUP also reached a "major" three-year "read and publish" open access agreement with Germany's Max Planck Society, and another with the Bavarian State Library, acting on behalf of higher education and research institutions across Germany. Mandy Hill, managing director of Academic Publishing at the Press, said when the Max Planck deal was done: "We have made a long-term commitment to Open Research - to making scholarly publishing more accessible, while ensuring sustainability and quality for the academic community."