OA Switchboard
central metadata exchange hub

The OA Switchboard is a mission-driven, community led initiative designed to simplify the sharing of information between stakeholders about open access publications throughout the whole publication journey

for research institutions, libraries and consortia

who want to:
connect with their research and simplify their workflows

for academic publishers

who want to:
support a smooth and compliant author journey and report on OA publication output

for research funders

who want to:
demonstrate the extent and impact of their research funding and deliver on their commitment to OA

The independently managed, shared infrastructure provides a safe space for publication metadata.
The standardised protocol allows for the transparent exchange of data about OA publications, designed to operate and integrate with all stakeholder systems.
It eases the administrative burden of maintaining many-to-many relationships, and managing OA compliance. It reduces the sheer volume of manual information exchange.

Learn more about the 'intermediary' concept in our blog and video animations

2021/2022 launch phase

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

  • Publishers: AboutScience, American Physiological Society, Beilstein-Institut, Berghahn Books, Cambridge University Press, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press, Copernicus Publications, EDP Sciences, eLife, GigaScience Press, Hindawi, IGI Global, John Benjamins Publishing Company, JMIR Publications, Life Science Alliance, Microbiology Society, Openjournals.nl, Oxford University Press, Pensoft Publishers, PLOS, PNAS, Portland Press (owned by the Biochemical Society), Rockefeller University Press, Royal Society of Chemistry, The Company of Biologists, The Royal Society, The White Horse Press and Thieme Group

  • Institutions/consortia: Bibsam Consortium (member institutions here), California Digital Library, CERN, Columbia University Libraries, Consortium Luxembourg / BNL National Library of Luxembourg (member institutions here), EIFL (Electronic Information for Libraries), Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU), Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Iowa State University Library, Jisc (member institutions here), Max Planck Digital Library, The Rockefeller University, The Weizmann Institute of Science, University of Kassel, University of Stockholm and VSNU/UKB (member institutions here)

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

  • Launching sponsors: Aries Systems and Copyright Clearance Center

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

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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.