Fully Open Access agreements – October, 2022

Fully OA publishers group organized a webinar with the support of OASPA focusing on “Fully Open Access agreements” (sometimes referred to as “Pure Publish” agreements) which entail institutions making central agreements to support open access (OA) publishing with Fully OA publishers who have no content to transition to open access. 

Fully OA publishers welcome the pivotal role institutions and libraries are playing in supporting open access. Much of the recent effort to transition scholarly publishing to OA has focused on ‘Transformative Agreements’ that incentivize change among subscription or mixed-model publishers. In parallel with this, therefore, it is equally important to create the budget and infrastructures to support fully OA publishers – who already deliver open content by default in ways that comply with Plan S and fulfill its original principles and spirit.

In this OASPA webinar, we will hear from publisher, researcher, and librarian stakeholders on the necessity and benefits of fully OA agreements, along with the pitfalls with considering OA solely as a “transitional” exercise. Please find background information about the topic at this OASPA blog post from May 2021. 

This webinar aims to address an audience from the OASPA community, as well as librarians and the wider scholarly communications community.  


  • Chair: Jennifer Gibson, Executive Director, Dryad
  • Wilhelm Widmark, Library Director, Stockholm University
  • Sharla Lair, Senior Strategist, OA  & Scholarly Communication Initiatives, Lyrasis
  • Wolfgang Benedikt Schmal, Düsseldorf Institute for Competition Economics (DICE), Heinrich-Heine-University

For more details see the OASPA page