OA Switchboard
central information exchange hub

Enabling fulfilment of OA publication-level arrangements

The independent intermediary, connecting parties and systems, streamlining communication and the neutral exchange of OA related publication-level information, and ensuring a financial settlement can be done

shared infrastructure - standards - integration

for research funders

who want to:

implement OA policies on a publication-level and demonstrate impact of their research funding

for research institutions/libraries

who want:

publication-level delivery on their OA strategies and monitor/manage their OA funds/budgets

for academic publishers

who want to:
reduce administrative complexity around publication-level fulfilment of policies and/or agreements
and provide easy reporting

The OA Switchboard provides direct, indirect and community benefits:


Simplicity & Transparency
Collaboration & Inter-operability
Efficiency & Cost-effectiveness

The eco-system to work better for everyone: learn, adjust and progress


2021/2022 launch phase

The following organisations have confirmed their support as launch customers or founding partners:

  • Publishers: AboutScience, American Physiological Society, Berghahn Books, Cambridge University Press, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press, EDP Sciences, eLife, GigaScience Press, Hindawi, IGI Global, John Benjamins Publishing Company, JMIR Publications, Microbiology Society, Oxford University Press, PLOS, Portland Press (owned by the Biochemical Society), Rockefeller University Press, Royal Society of Chemistry, The Company of Biologists, The Royal Society and Thieme Group

  • Institutions/consortia: BNL National Library of Luxembourg, California Digital Library, CERN, Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU), Iowa State, Jisc (15 institutions), Max Planck Digital Library, University of Stockholm and VSNU/UKB (6 institutions)

  • Funders: Austrian Science Fund (FWF), Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Dutch Research Council (NWO), FNR Luxembourg National Research Fund, UKRI and Wellcome Trust

  • Launching sponsor: Aries Systems

OASPA is supportive and actively involved through a strategic partnership with the OA Switchboard.

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The OA Switchboard initiative

The OA Switchboard initiative is a not-for-profit collaboration between funders, institutions and publishers. It is taking charge of multi-lateral OA publication-level arrangements. Read more here.

The OA Switchboard aims to reduce complexity and the administrative burden for all stakeholders (including, indirectly, the researcher) by streamlining the communication between funders, institutions and publishers, using authoritative data. And, strives for the research ecosystem to work better for researchers, funders, institutions and publishers, and their business partners, such that Open Access is supported as the predominant model of publication.

The OA Switchboard is to support all OA business models (provided they preserve the integrity of scholarship), such as APC/BPC-based, membership arrangements, transformative agreements, subscribe-to-open, diamond. And, also all policies and types of scholarly output (like journals, books, proceedings).

Our open source solutions and the (communication) standards are developed in close collaboration with the funder-institution-publisher community, and their partners, such as providers of submission & peer review systems, payment solutions, and library management information services. We regularly report to and collaborate with representatives of all stakeholder groups. Status updates and demo videos can be found here and opportunities to participate here.



Executive Director OA Switchboard
Yvonne Campfens

Chair Stichting OA Switchboard
Claire Redhead, OASPA

The OA Switchboard is run by Stichting OA Switchboard, a foundation registered under company number 80620698 whose registered office is at Prins Willem-Alexanderhof 5, 2595 BE, The Hague, The Netherlands.