LundOnline 2019 What´s on the Horizon? From Big Deals to Offset – Transitioning to Open Access

LundOnline 2019

What´s on the Horizon?

From Big Deals to Offset – Transitioning to Open Access


We are pleased to invite you to LundOnline 2019. LundOnline is a two-day conference arranged by Lund University Libraries, aimed at college and university librarians and invited publishers and producers of databases, e-books, e-reference works and online journals. The event will be announced to academic librarians in the Nordic countries. We hope to see participants from all of the Nordic countries, which has been the case in previous years. 

The conference will take place on the 30th and 31 th of October at Palaestra et Odeum in Lund.


The theme: What´s on the Horizon? From Big Deals to Offset – Transitioning to Open Access

The publishing landscape is undergoing changes. This notion is nothing new, but in recent years, the publishing process has stirred up emotions within, and outside of, the scholarly community. European research funding organizations have come together in launching the initiative Plan S – intending to push the agenda for Open Access publishing forward. Moving too fast, some say. Not fast enough, say others. 

Whether or not one agrees with the outline of Plan S, it is clear that the requirements and policies from research funders are intended to guide the development towards increased open science. Some immediate effects are more demanding requirements for researchers to comply with, as well as a forced transition towards publishing Open Access, which calls for a discussion on the future of the publishing process.  

Instead of big deal subscriptions packages a growing number of publishers are now offering offset deals, where the publishing costs are added to the price for reading rights. Institutions are paying to read and paying to publish – with the hope of a near future with reading access without subscriptions costs.

What do we see in the crystal ball – is it diamond, platinum, golden or green OA? What are the publishers’ visions? How high is a too high APC or BPC? What about institutional publishing and other financing models, through collectives of universities and libraries?



LundOnline is a two day conference sponsored by publishers and free of charge for participants. It is possible to attend the entire conference or just one of the days. Vegetarian lunch and coffee (Swedish fika) is included.  

For more information and registration, visit our web page:


Come join us in Lund to hear what publishers, researchers and librarians have to say about the future of scientific publishing!


We look forward to seeing you all in Lund,

LundOnline Conference Committee.

Palaestra et Odeum
Biblioteken vid Lunds universitet
Johanna Tagesson
+46 46 222 93 73