OASPA founds new organisation with
future-proof governance and funding structure
for the OA Switchboard
A neutral, independent intermediary enabling shared infrastructure, bringing transparency, efficiency and cost effectiveness to the open access ecosystem
5 November 2020 - full announcement here
When the OA Switchboard moves to the operational stage as of 1 January 2021, it will be run from the newly founded Stichting OA Switchboard. This structural governance and funding model will supersede the organisation and governance of the 2020 project, and the sponsorship model.
The OA Switchboard Initiative
The OA Switchboard initiative is a not-for-profit collaboration between funders, institutions and publishers to provide essential infrastructure, standards and back office services to achieve a breakthrough in the transformation of the market such that Open Access is supported as the predominant model of publication.
The overarching challenge is the complexity and administrative burden around the implementation of multi-lateral Open Access publication-level arrangements. The solution for this many-to-many-to-many problem is an intermediary: the OA Switchboard. The OA Switchboard is a central information exchange hub, connecting parties and systems, streamlining communication and the neutral exchange of OA related publication-level information, and ensuring a financial settlement can be done.
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, diamond, etc. And also all policies and types of scholarly output (like journals, books, proceedings). Our open source solutions and services 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.
The OA Switchboard aims to reduce complexity for all stakeholders (including the author/researcher), and to save time and money, so the ecosystem can work better for everyone, and can learn, adjust and progress.
Throughout the whole initiative we'll 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.
Steering Committee of the 2020 Project
California Digital Library
Max Planck Digital Library
The Royal Society
Advisory Group of the 2020 project
The Advisory Group consists of individuals and representatives of stakeholder groups who will contribute by expertise to supplement the work of the Steering Committee.
Geoffrey Bilder, Crossref - Technical Advisor
Adam Hyde, Coko Foundation - Technical Advisor
Kamran Naim, CERN - Technical Advisor
Colin Adcock, IOP Publishing
Roheena Anand, Royal Society of Chemistry
Stacey Burke, American Physiological Society
Brian Cody, Scholastica
Fiona Counsell, Taylor & Francis
Matthew Day, Cambridge University Press
Gunther Eysenbach, JMIR
Jennifer Fleet, Aries/Editorial Manager
Rupert Gatti, Open Book Publishers
Max Haring, University of Amsterdam
Ruth Harrison, Imperial College London
Alison Hope, Emerald
Martin Jagerhorn, Chronos
Roy Kaufman, Copyright Clearance Center
Alex Kohls, CERN
Leah Kristensen, Manuscript Manager
Nick Lindsay, MIT Press
Michael Markie, F1000Research
Tasha Mellins-Cohen, Microbiology Society
Dan Morgan, PLOS
Max Mosterd, Knowledge Unlatched
Bill O'Brien, Aptara
Stephanie Paalvast, Brill
Louise Page, Gates Foundation
Damian Pattinson, eLife
Emily Poznanski, De Gruyter
Lucy Robinson, Sage
Johan Rooryck, cOAlition S
Elisabeth Shook, Boise State University
Anne Simoneau, EDP Sciences
Jeroen Sondervan, University Utrecht
Nick Taylor, Atypon
Bryan Vickery, Crossref
John Willinsky, PKP
Contributors and sponsors of the 2020 project
The 2020 project is being funded via generous contributions and donations of our contributors and sponsors who financially support the initiative:
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Copyright Clearance Center
Imperial College London
Max Planck Digital Library
The Royal Society
Ongoing financial support is critical to maintaining pace and delivering on the OA Switchboard ambitions. We welcome you to get in touch on this topic if your organisation would like to be added as a contributor or sponsor, or as launching customer or founding partner for 2021/2022.
Project Manager, the OA Switchboard
The OA Switchboard Initiative is initially being overseen by Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA), a company registered under company number 52791092 whose registered office is at Prins Willem-Alexanderhof 5, 2595 BE, The Hague, The Netherlands.