Early November 2019, the National Open Access Contact Point OA2020-DE invited professional societies and specialist information services (Fachinformationsdienste) to exchange experiences on how to convert scientific journals into Open Access. See the report on the workshop.
The FID GEO and representatives of German Geological Society – Geological Association (DGGV), German Mineralogical Society (DMG) and German Geophysical Society (DGG) participated in the workshop. Among others, Prof. Franz’s (DMG) report on the recent open access transformation of the European Journal of Mineralogy received great interest.
A conclusion of the workshop is that the transfer of a journal on the one hand requires good preparation and on the other hand there are a multitude of possibilities to adequately and successfully respond to the specific requirements and challenges of specialist societies.
The FID GEO supports geoscientific societies that do consider or carry out an open access transformation of their journal(s).