VIVA Consortium and IWA Publishing announce new Read & Publish agreement

Partnership will boost open access publication of research from VIVA member institutions

VIVA (Virginia’s academic library consortium) and IWA Publishing have reached a transformative agreement that will combine reading access to IWA Publishing journals with immediate open access (OA) publishing for VIVA affiliated authors.

The three-year partnership, going into effect on January 1, 2023, allows researchers from participating institutions to publish OA across IWA Publishing’s extensive range of journals, without an Article Processing Charge.

“We are very pleased to sign this agreement with VIVA,” said Rod Cookson, Managing Director for IWA Publishing. “It will make it even simpler for researchers in the consortium to publish in IWA Publishing’s 14 Open Access journals and share their work with everyone around the world.”

“Supporting the independence of small publishers is critical to ensuring bibliodiversity, and VIVA is focused on helping to enable sustainability for these publishers, including in the area of Open Access,” said Anne Osterman, VIVA Director.  “We are incredibly excited about the opportunity to partner with IWA, a publisher with a clear and ambitious approach to open access, and hope that it is a model that could scale further among small to mid-sized publishers.”

This arrangement is compliant with the mandates of all major funders including Wellcome Trust, Research England, NIH, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, HHMI, UKRI, and European Commission, and coincides with the recent OSTP announcement regarding access to federally funded research.  All IWA Publishing journals are Plan S compliant.

About VIVA

VIVA, the consortium of nonprofit academic libraries within the Commonwealth of Virginia, seeks to create permanent, lasting benefit for the Commonwealth by building sustainable infrastructure for library cooperation; amplifying the Virginia academic library voice; and serving as a catalyst for improved and innovative library services and technologies.

About IWA Publishing

IWA Publishing is a leading international publisher on all aspects of water, wastewater, and environment, spanning 14 industry-leading journals and a range of books, digitally available on IWAP Online.

IWA Publishing is owned by the International Water Association, a global charity focussed on being the global source of knowledge, experience, and leadership for sustainable urban and basin-related water solutions.

Open access to our journals is equitably funded through our Subscribe to Open and transformative  Read & Publish models. We are committed to making our publications free to read and to reducing barriers to publication based on ability to pay.

We publish journals and books that reflect the global water community, in terms of ethnicity, gender, nationality and role.

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