Key networks & Aggregators
National publishing initiatives
There are many open journal platforms providing hosting for open access journals published by university presses and institutes, among them:
- Pressto, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań,
- Platforma Czasopism Uniwersytetu Łódzkiego, University of Lodz,
- Akademicka Platforma Czasopism, Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń,
- Czasopisma Wydawnictwa Uniwersytetu Śląskiego, University of Silesia in Katowice,
- Platforma e-czasopism naukowych na UMCS, Maria Curie Skłodowska University in Lublin,
- Czasopisma UKSW, The Cardinal Wyszyński University in Warsaw,
- Platforma Czasopism Uniwersytetu Warmińsko-Mazurskiego w Olsztynie, University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn,
- Platforma Czasopism Uniwersytetu Papieskiego Jana Pawła II w Krakowie, The Pontifical University of John Paul II,
- Scientific Journals Online, Jagiellonian University,
- Platforma czasopism Uniwersytetu Opolskiego, University of Opole,
- Platforma czasopism KUL, The John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin,
- ISS PAS Journals, The Institute of Slavic Studies, Polish Academy of Sciences,
- Electronic Library, Polish Academy of Sciences
National agreements with publishers
In Poland, the Ministry of Science and Higher Education finances the purchase of country-level or consortial licenses for access to paywalled content from many major academic publishers. The task of negotiating terms of access and preparing deals is assigned to the Interdisciplinary Centre for Mathematical and Computational Modelling (ICM), University of Warsaw. In December 2018, the Ministry noted that the purchase conditions should refer to the introduction of the Plan S and be based on international solutions and directions. ICM UW has conducted negotiations with Elsevier, Springer Nature, Wiley, Science and Clarivate. A transformative agreement with Springer has been reached („read&publish” agreement for years 2019-2021) and a similar agreement is planned with Wiley in 2020. With Elsevier there is a deal for Scopus database, SciVal tool and a completely new national license for 19 journals from Cell Press collection. Despite few rounds of negotiations Elsevier has not presented a satisfactory offer for the journals from Freedom Collection along with Lancet journals. ICM UW expressed willingness to continue negotiations that will take into account open access publishing model compliant with Plan S. For more information visit website: Wirtualna Biblioteka Nauki (in Polish only).
A new deal with Elsevier has been reached in Poland on May 31, 2019. A three-year national license agreement enables access to 1819 journals, including 1638 current (with volumes from 1995) and 181 archival journals. The licence also covers selected book packages bought in 2015 and 2016: 1712 monographs from 2013 and 2014 and 803 volumes of book series or guide series (handbooks) from 2011-2015. The Elsevier 2019-2021 national license also includes a pilot program that gives authors affiliated with institutions submitted for a license the right to publish in open access in hybrid and gold open access Elsevier journals. The program allows the publication in three subsequent years, respectively, 500, 1000 and 1500 articles from Poland, the cost of which will be financed from the national license fee. The program will be launched in June 2019, when the detailed instructions for the authors will be published. For more information visit:https://wbn.icm.edu.pl/licencje/#elsevier (in Polish only).
Wirtualna Biblioteka Nauki has set up a separate webpage with information on the open publishing programmes launched within the national licences: https://wbn.icm.edu.pl/publikowanie-otwarte/ (in Polish only).
There are currently two specialized platforms where academic books in Polish can be accessed: Otwórz Książkę and Biblioteka Otwartej Nauki. Additionally, some open access books can be found on the websites of individual academic publishers (especially university presses).