A Sustainable Future for Scholarly Publishing Through Institutional Repositories

Open Scholar is thrilled to coordinate efforts that are making free and sustainable scholarly publishing a reality.

In a significant milestone, our correspondence, ‘No-pay publishing: use institutional repositories,’ has been published in Nature. This achievement is complemented by another notable feature of our journal, Psicológica, in the article ‘Mastodon over Mammon: towards publicly owned scholarly knowledge,’ published in the Royal Society Open Science.

The correspondence in Nature serves as a robust endorsement of the European Council’s vision for an open, equitable, and sustainable scholarly publishing system. Despite initial skepticism from publishers, our work demonstrates that institutional repositories offer an inexpensive and sustainable route to realizing this aspiration.

The feature in ‘Mastodon over Mammon’ further validates our model by highlighting Psicológica as an example of modern, cooperative approaches to scholarly communication. The article praises the journal for its early adoption of online-only and open-access formats and its recent transition to being exclusively published on DIGITAL.CSIC, the institutional repository of the Spanish National Research Council.

These advancements represent a pioneering approach in utilizing institutional repositories for scholarly publishing. We invite you to read both the Nature correspondence and the ‘Mastodon over Mammon’ article to fully grasp the transformative potential of this model.

For more information, please refer to the Nature correspondence: Nature 619, 698 (2023) and the ‘Mastodon over Mammon‘ article.

We thank you for your continued support, which is instrumental in enabling us to drive further innovations in scholarly publishing.

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