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Wiley and OA Switchboard partner to make open access data sharing easier  
Wiley represents the first large publisher to join the initiative

Posted 29 May 2024

 

Wiley, one of the world’s largest publishers and a global leader in research and learning, announced their partnership with OA Switchboard today.

“Wiley is committed to supporting institutions and funders in their transition to an open future, and we’re proud to be the first large mixed-model publisher to engage with OA Switchboard,” said Kathryn Sharples, Group Vice President, Publishing Strategy & Policy, Wiley. “This new partnership will help increase visibility of OA articles published in all of our journals while supporting our customers by making reporting easier.”

Read the full announcement here.

De Gruyter now connected to OA Switchboard

Posted 15 May 2024

As part of their ongoing commitment to an open future, De Gruyter is pleased to announce the new partnership with the OA Switchboard... As of May 1st, 2024, automatic and real-time notifications of open access articles published in all De Gruyter journals will be sent to affiliated stakeholders active within the OA Switchboard.... This service is vital for the transparent reporting around De Gruyter’s growing portfolio of open access journals of all publishing models, and additionally to inform libraries about their affiliated authors benefiting from open access publication within De Gruyter’s Subscribe to Open (S2O) journals, the main model aiding in the publisher's large scale transformation to open access.

 

“We are delighted that we can now offer our library customers and consortia a clear and smooth solution for managing and integrating article output metadata. Our cooperation with the OA Switchboard enables scalable and automated reporting, which is invaluable for the success of our open access transformation plan,” said Ben Ashcroft, Chief Commercial Officer, De Gruyter Brill.

Read their full announcement here.

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OA Switchboard news: We're hiring!

Posted 12 April 2024

Check out the vacancy for a Customer Engagement Specialist to strengthen our team here.

ASM Journals Connects to Global OA Switchboard Community

Posted 3  April 2024

As part of their continuing commitment to open science and open infrastructure, ASM Journals is pleased to announce that they have joined the OA Switchboard community to simplify the reporting on and sharing of open access journal information. 

 

“By facilitating a seamless exchange of information between publishers, funders and institutions, we are ensuring that ASM’s OA initiatives operate on a foundation of openness and trust. ASM Journals' integration with the OA Switchboard is a testament to our commitment to these values, paving the way for a more transparent, efficient and collaborative scientific community,” said David Haber, ASM's Director of Journal Operations. Through this initiative, ASM is not only simplifying compliance with open access mandates; we are also reinforcing the infrastructure that underpins the ecosystem of open science.

Yvonne Campfens, Executive Director of Stichting OA Switchboard added that the “We are delighted to have the American Society for Microbiology, with their OA ambitions, participate in the initiative.”

Read their full announcement here.

IOP Publishing joins OA Switchboard to streamline open access reporting

Posted 30 January 2024

As part of their ongoing commitment to open science, IOP Publishing (IOPP) is joining the OA Switchboard to make it easier for institutional customers to manage open access (OA) agreements. Julian Wilson, Chief Sales Officer at IOPP says: “The OA Switchboard initiative supports us on our journey to make OA a reality by simplifying the sharing and reporting of journal information throughout the entire publishing process. It is OA infrastructure like this that really helps materialise open science.”

“We are delighted for IOPP to come on board and become part of the OA Switchboard which offers a one-stop-shop for information sharing among stakeholders, cutting down transactional costs for everyone involved while offering a secure environment for publication metadata. It is designed to operate and integrate with all stakeholder systems.”

Read their full announcement here.

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Iteration 2024/#1 delivered: Publisher Usability Improvements

 

OA Switchboard released iteration 2024/#1, which is all about publisher usability improvements. Community representation, involvement and input into product/service development has been central to the way we have developed the OA Switchboard, and this iteration is a great testament to that.

 

Included in iteration 2024/#1, and available for users with an account:

  • For all: Remove the 'DLQ Messages' entry in the menu bar, and also the DLQ dashboard itself.

  • For publishers: Be able to see in one place, in the main dashboard, the difference between delivered and undelivered messages, and the reason for 'undeliverable'. Be able to analyse in the export files (both Excel and JSON) the undelivered messages and identify and target related 'organisations'. 

  • In the back-end: increased number of organisations (with consortia structures, if applicable) set-up to support publishers in their data analysis, and own OA Switchboard efforts to ​achieve wider adoption and widespread usage.

If you’d like to see a demo, please register for the 27 February 2024 Training Session.

 

The full 2024 development roadmap, as well as what's been delivered so far over the years, is here.

Posted 29 January 2024

Canadian Science Publishing goes live on OA Switchboard

Posted 16 January 2024

As part of our open science strategy, Canadian Science Publishing (CSP) is pleased to announce our new partnership with OA Switchboard... “We’re thrilled to partner with the OA Switchboard to improve the visibility of the work we publish,” says Elaine Stott, Chief Executive Officer of CSP....

“OA Switchboard... delighted to have Canadian Science Publishing, with their OA ambitions, participate in the initiative,”

Read their full announcement here.

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ACS Publications now provides open access reporting through OA Switchboard

Posted 5 January 2024

ACS Publications are pleased to announce integration with OA Switchboard is now available for our institutional customers. This new feature simplifies open access compliance reporting, allowing administrators to produce reports for open access publishing in ACS journals alongside those from other participating publishers.

More information about OA Switchboard integration is available on ACS Axial

The 2024 OA Switchboard Story:
Wider adoption, incremental tech development and revolutionised publication (meta)data management. And a pilot for OA Books!

Posted 1 January 2024

On the first day of 2024, we’re excited to share our plans for the new year, which should continuously provide improvement for our participants.

OA Switchboard is fully operational and has been ‘live’ for three years now (see our 1-minute video animation in 6 languages). We’re building on the successes and lessons learned from previous years, and the 2023 year-end statistics proudly shared on 31 December. It should be no surprise that our overarching focus will continue to be on authoritative data from source, interoperability of existing systems, and connecting the dots of existing PIDs. All, in our characteristic, well established, collaborative spirit.

As we’re starting to deliver on the promise, with more and more participants, and more ‘messages’ and data to look at, we identified some bumps in the road last year that require attention: publication (meta)data quality and completeness. The Data Quality Challenge launched in October 2023 is the answer.

The Data Quality Challenge will be our primary focus for 2024. It calls on the community to revolutionise publication (meta)data management by standardising information provided by publishers and allowing stakeholders to consolidate and process data efficiently. By enhancing data quality and completeness research funders, institutions, consortia, and publishers will be empowered to make informed decisions based on accurate and robust information. This initiative is enabled by OA Switchboard and builds upon community-wide lessons learned and best practices and is based on the core values of the OA Switchboard of Trust, Collaboration, and Efficiency.  

 

As we’ve known from day 1, the OA Switchboard - central information exchange hub - grows stronger with every participant, becoming a better tool for all. In 2024, with very high priority, we will therefore continue to put great efforts in achieving wider adoption and widespread usage. We have a wonderful Advisory Group supporting us in this goal, and organise monthly training sessions (free to all).

As we’re scaling OA Switchboard in 2024, increasingly as integrated solution for our participants, it needs to remain technically stable and connect with all stakeholders’ workflows and systems. The 2024 priority for our development roadmap is continuous incremental improvements to support this, with further features to further improve the user (admin) experience.

 

Above are our plans for the OA Switchboard journals solution for 2024.

 

As OA Switchboard, in line with guiding principles, aims to support all types of scholarly output, we’ve started the OA Books Pilot in 2023. A dedicated OA Books prototype is being developed and will be available for testing with pilot users in January 2024. Research institutions, funders, and academic book publishers are invited to join for testing.

 

We look forward to continuing the journey with you all in 2024, and sharing our joint story broadly!

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31 December 2023 statistics

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Posted 31 December 2023

On this last day of the year we celebrate that it's been it's been five years since the idea for the OA Switchboard was born and that we’ve been fully operational for three years. We proudly share our 31 December statistics with you:

>723,000 messages were sent via OA Switchboard since the go-live (1 January 2021)

(‘messages’ = standardised sets of publication-level metadata)

 

The vast majority were sent by participating publishers to research funders and institutions/consortia to support the Reporting Made Easy use case (so-called P1-messages). In 2023 the number of publishers reporting via the standardised protocol grew to 29 publishers, with another 5 publishers in the process of going live.
 

To date, 17 (national) consortia and multi-site participants (jointly representing hundreds of sites/members) are connected to OA Switchboard. In addition, 149 individual research institutions/libraries and research funders have operational accounts in OA Switchboard. In total, over 6,000 organisations are set-up to receive messages via OA Switchboard.


In 2023, our participants continued to build a fantastic community of like-minded spirits focussed on a mission. We’re also grateful for our founding partners, our sponsors and tech partner, and thank them all.

Read also: 'Mid-summer reflections on our five years’ journey…' and see our FAQs for more information on P1-messages.

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Blog:  The Benefits of Integrated OA Infrastructure

By: Jamie Carmichael, Yvonne Campfens

Posted 24 October 2023

Recently, Graham Anderson, Head of Publishing Operations at the Royal Society, shared his thoughts on the benefits of integrated infrastructure in helping to advance open science. Read the full article here.

Article:  Who’s afraid of open infrastructures?

 

Posted 24 August 2023

Published today in Research Information, an article by COUNTER, DOAJ and OA Switchboard on the importance of non-profit infrastructure and standards bodies. Full article is here.

Announcement:  OA Books

 

Posted 21 July 2023

With new stakeholders added, the OA Switchboard community is embarking on an exciting new initiative to explore a solution to support OA Books, delivering on the commitment to support all types of scholarly output and business models. In the Autumn we will be looking for pilot users, so if you would like to be considered, please get in touch.  

Announcement: NISO Working Group

 

Posted 21 July 2023


Voting members of the National Information Standards Organization (NISO) have approved the formation of a Working Group to develop a Recommended Practice for operationalizing open access (OA) business processes. NISO is seeking members from across the information community to join the Working Group, which will address the lack of infrastructure supporting OA content by helping stakeholders in scholarly communications to track, assess, and report on OA publications, authors, and funding more easily. Read more here.

The alignment among stakeholders orchestrated by OA Switchboard over the years, as well as the resulting standardised 'message protocols', have been welcome and relevant input in the process so far, and will be further developed on in the Working Group.

Announcement:

ACS Publications is pleased to announce to join the OA Switchboard initiative

ACS Publications Flips the Switch to Simpler, Easier Open Access Reporting

 

Posted 19 July 2023

Read the full announcement here.

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Iteration 2023/#2 delivered: Reporting Made (even) Easier!

 

OA Switchboard released iteration 2023/#2, which is all about usability improvements. Community representation, involvement and input into product/service development has been central to the way we have developed the OA Switchboard, and this iteration is a great testament to that.

 

Included in iteration 2023/#2, and available for users with an account:

  • A new Excel report format, that provides the granularity of the underlying JSON, but easier for the human eye to process

  • The limit on number of messages that can be exported (previously 1,000 max.) is removed, via a new two-step export process

If you’d like to see a demo, please register for the 22 June Training Session.

The full development roadmap, as well as what's been delivered so far, is here.

Posted 1 June 2023

Announcement:
Big Ten Academic Alliance announces agreement with OA Switchboard

BTAA libraries have reached an agreement for OA Switchboard to benefit from the standardized metadata protocol and shared infrastructure provided by this community-led intermediary initiative

Posted 28 February 2023

Read the full announcement here.

OA Switchboard webinar: Tuesday 21 March 2023
Data-Driven Approaches to Design your OA Strategy

Open Access (OA) ambitions are continuously being developed, implemented and evaluated by different stakeholders in our ecosystem. There is increased appreciation that transparency and (meta)data are needed to support the broader transformation to OA, and for the design of distinct OA strategies. The required infrastructure and tools exist and continue to advance, and standardised data are increasingly available.

In this webinar our speakers discussed from their own experiences how they use solid facts and figures to monitor and manage policy and deal compliance, and how we all are getting better at decision-making and strategy-design through quality data. This practical evidence-based webinar is suitable for those within research institutions, funders and academic publishers.

 

This webinar was offered free of charge thanks to our host CCC and the recording is here.

Announcement:

SciELO joins OA Switchboard with over 300 open access journals in the SciELO Brazil collection

SciELO Brazil is now live and connected to OA Switchboard to support widespread visibility and access to SciELO journals

Posted 13 February 2023

Read the full announcement in English here.

Announcement:
Jisc extends agreement with OA Switchboard for another three years

Posted 23 january 2023:

Back in December 2020, UKRI, The Wellcome Trust and Jisc announced that we were the first organisations in the UK to support the establishment of something called the OA Switchboard. Shortly thereafter, Jisc announced that any higher education institution (HEI) who is a Jisc member could participate in the Switchboard for free for a three year period, concluding in December 2023.

 

Now they are pleased to announce that the agreement has been extended in principle for an additional three years starting in January 2024, again allowing HEI who are Jisc members full participation in the OA Switchboard.

Read the full announcement here.

Announcement:
The Natio­nal Libra­ry of Sweden enters new agre­e­ment with OA Switchboard

Posted 23 january 2023:

Within the framework of its task to coordinate, monitor and promote cooperation between stakeholders for open access to scientific publications, the National Library of Sweden (NLS) has signed a membership agreement for 2023 with OA Switchboard – a central metadata hub. Read the full announcement here.

Press Release: TIB, ZB MED and ZBW sign agreement with OA Switchboard
The three specialised German National Libraries fund participation in the OA Switchboard initiative for universities and research institutions in Germany

Posted 17 January 2023

TIB - Leibniz Information Centre for Science and Technology, ZB MED - Information Centre for Life Sciences and ZBW - Leibniz Information Centre for Economics are jointly funding access to the OA Switchboard for universities and research institutions throughout Germany for a two-year pilot phase covering 2023 and 2024. Read the full announcement here.

German universities and research institutions interested in free access to OA Switchboard can contact support@oaswitchboard.org.

2023 Focus:
Further build on the 2022 lessons learned, priorities and use cases

Posted 2 January 2023

 

On the first working day of 2023, we’re excited to share our plans for the new year. Building on the successes and lessons learned from last year, it’s no surprise that our overarching focus will continue to be on:

1) authoritative data from source

2) interoperability of existing systems

3) connecting the dots of existing PIDs

 

All, in our characteristic, well established, collaborative spirit.

 

Last year, as part of use case 1 (Reporting Made Easy), we focused significant attention on identifiers and metadata for all authors’ affiliations in a publication and we’ll continue to work on that with our participants in the new year.

In 2023 we will add emphasis on PIDs and metadata for research funders and grants, especially as part of the next level funder pilot(s) that are underway.

In 2023, more and more publishers will be sending E1-messages (Eligibility Enquiries) to research funders and institutions as part of the second use case the OA Switchboard supports: Matching Publication Costs with Publication Funds.

 

The challenges in the implementation of institutional and funder policies, and the increasingly complex network of agreements between publishers and institutions still exist, as well as the myriad of systems and processes, inconsistent terminology, and lack of (use of) persistent identifiers. This is what the OA Switchboard was founded for, as a cross-stakeholder, not-for-profit initiative, with a mission-driven community and a practical tool (central metadata exchange hub), providing a standardised messaging protocol and shared infrastructure, built by and for the people who use it, and leveraged with existing PIDs.

 

We look forward to continuing the journey with you all in 2023!

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31 December 2022 statistics

Posted 31 December 2022

On this last day of the year we celebrate that we’ve been fully operational for two years. We proudly share our 31 December statistics with you:

233,000 messages were sent via OA Switchboard in 2022

(‘messages’ = standardised sets of publication-level metadata)

 

The vast majority were sent by participating publishers to research funders and institutions/consortia to support the Reporting Made Easy use case (so-called P1-messages). In 2022 the number of publishers reporting via the standardised protocol grew to 22 publishers.
 

To date, 9 (national) consortia and multi-site participants (jointly representing hundreds of sites/members) are connected to OA Switchboard. In addition, 75 individual research institutions/libraries have operational accounts in OA Switchboard. 16 research funders have accounts and/or participate in the extended funder pilot(s). In total, over 2,500 organisations are set-up to receive messages via OA Switchboard.


In 2022, our stakeholders continued to build a fantastic community of like-minded spirits focussed on a mission. We’re grateful for our founding partners, launch customers and early adopters, and thank them all, as well as our sponsors, tech partner and strategic partner OASPA.

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UPDATE - Come meet us at even more 2022 conferences and events this Fall

CONCERT Annual conference

Tuesday 6 December 2022
OA Switchboard presented on 'Building robust connections in the global research ecosystem to drive Open Access strategies'

EBSCO Open Perspectives Forum 2022 - Library experts discuss areas of ‘open’ in libraries today: open source, open access and open infrastructure

Tuesday 8 November

OA Switchboard presented on 'Open Infrastructure: OA Switchboard - central metadata exchange hub'. Recording here.

Charleston Conference (Charleston, USA): We Will Get There, Together!

Tuesday 1 November - Friday 4 November

OA Switchboard participated in the session on 'Innovation for sustainability in open access'

Pensoft Publishers joins OA Switchboard
Pensoft’s ARPHA Publishing Platform integrates with OA Switchboard to streamline reporting to funders of open research

Posted 29 September 2022

“At Pensoft, we are delighted to announce our integration with the OA Switchboard, as this workflow is yet another excellent practice in scholarly publishing that supports transparency in research. Needless to say, funding and financing are cornerstones in scientific work and scholarship, so it is equally important to ensure funding bodies are provided with full, prompt and convenient reports about their own input.” comments Prof Lyubomir Penev, CEO and founder of Pensoft and ARPHA.

 

“Research funders are one of the three key stakeholder groups in OA Switchboard and are represented in our founding partners. They seek support in demonstrating the extent and impact of their research funding and delivering on their commitment to OA. It is great to see Pensoft has started their integration with OA Switchboard with a focus on this specific group, fulfilling an important need,”

adds Yvonne Campfens, Executive Director of the OA Switchboard.

Read the full announcement here.

OA Switchboard webinar: Thursday 27 October 2022
Collaborating to Unlock the Power of PIDs

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A how-to webinar from OA Switchboard partners and participants on opportunities to capture and maximise usage of identifiers. The recording is here.

This webinar was offered free of charge thanks to our host Aries Systems.

In the webinar we reported on a joint research project. More details and the recommendations of this project are here

Come meet us at 2022 conferences and events this Fall

Kuopio Conference 2022 (Vienna, Austria): Review and Renew: Changing Strategies in Collection Management

Wednesday 7 September - Friday 9 September

ALPSP Annual Conference and Awards (Manchester, UK)

Wednesday 14 September - Friday 16 September

OA Switchboard participated in the Industry Updates session 8b on Thursday 15 September (14:50 - 15:35 (BST / GMT+1))

Open-Access-Tage 2022 (Bern, Switzerland): Collaboration

Monday 19 September - Wednesday 21 September

OASPA 2022 Online Conference on Open Access Scholarly Publishing

Tuesday 20 September - Thursday 22 September

OA Switchboard participated with a poster.

ORFG First Community Call

Tuesday 27 September 2022

OA Switchboard presented How does OA Switchboard contribute to improving the quality of metadata and identifiers? 

CHORUS Forum: Improving Scholarly Publishing Metadata

Thursday 29 September

OA Switchboard presented in part two of the workshop, recording here.

ESAC Community of Practice call: Publishing workflow and library processing workflow

Tuesday 4 October 2022

OA Switchboard presented in the 9am (CET) and the 5pm (CET slot: 'Putting Open Access into practice'

KGL PubFactory online community forum - Virtual Series 2022 (4, 6&7 October)

OA Switchboard participated on the Industry Day on Thursday 6 October with a presentation: 'Toward a Better Research Ecosystem'

Expert workshop (Hamburg, Germany): openCost: the road to publication cost transparency

Wednesday 5 October - Friday 7 October

OA Switchboard participated with a presentation on Friday 7 Ooctober

Frankfurt Book Fair 2022 (Frankfurt, Germany)

Tuesday 18 October - Wednesday 19 October

F.O.R.M. Forum for Open Research in MENA (Cairo, Egypt): Moving to Open - practical and technological considerations

Wednesday 26 October - Thursday 27 October

OA Switchboard participated with a paper in Panel 8 (27 October 1 - 2.30PM CET). Recording here.

Charleston Conference (Charleston, USA): We Will Get There, Together!

Tuesday 1 November - Friday 4 November

OA Switchboard participated in the session on 'Innovation for sustainability in open access'

PNAS joins OA Switchboard

PNAS partners with OA Switchboard to support widespread and speedy public access to scientific literature

Posted 27 July 2022

The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) announced today their artnership with OA Switchboard. Through this partnership, PNAS will share key publication details through automated communications with the scientific community via a central information exchange hub. These real-time communications will simplify the process by which PNAS author institutions and funders manage their transformative agreements and open access publishing mandates, providing a straightforward and efficient exchange of information throughout the publication journey.

Connectors between PNAS and OA Switchboard will be live this summer.

Read the full announcement here.

OASPA blog post:
Fully OA Publishers Live on OA Switchboard

posted 27 July 2022

We are happy to report in this new blog post published by our strategic partner OASPA that several fully OA Publishers are now live on OA Switchboard.

OA Switchboard is set up for all publishing business models but one of the great benefits is that it gives visibility to smaller publishers and fully OA publishers who most often lack the opportunities to make direct publishing agreements with institutions. This is one of the main reasons OASPA supported the initiative, so it is great to see these publishers go live with OA Switchboard.

PLOS and OA Switchboard Announce Partnership
"The integration of the OA Switchboard into our workflows is scalable for all our new and legacy journals"

Posted 22 July 2022

“The standardization between systems, portals and processes that the OA Switchboard provides will allow PLOS to share increasingly valuable reporting and data analysis with our institutional partners,” said Randy Townsend, Director of Publishing Operations, PLOS. “We are excited to enhance transparency in OA publishing with the ability to immediately share article metadata directly, upon publication, with our community.”

“Our organization is an independent and industry-wide initiative that provides a central hub for stakeholders to exchange OA-related publication-level information,” said Yvonne Campfens, Executive Director, OA Switchboard. “We are excited that PLOS is now connected to the practical tool that they’ve helped shaping, as PLOS recognized the importance of a community-led collaborative initiative from day 1.”

Read the full announcement here.

EIFL joins OA Switchboard

EIFL collaborates with the OA Switchboard to support information sharing

Posted 13 June 2022

Rima Kupryte, director of EIFL says:

“We are delighted to sign an agreement with the OA Switchboard. This important initiative will facilitate improved quality and timeliness of metadata about publications by authors in EIFL partner countries. The OA Switchboard has the potential to streamline the management of open access publishing for all parties and is fast becoming part of the essential infrastructure needed to support information sharing.”

Yvonne Campfens, executive director of OA Switchboard says:

“We are very happy with EIFL joining as we’re committed to supporting all OA business models and policies, and strive to provide support globally. The central information exchange hub grows stronger with every participant, becoming a better tool for all.” 

Read the full announcement here.

Come meet us and OA Switchboard participants at 2022 conferences

Just stop by at one of the stands!

Bibliotheks Kongress (Leipzig, Germany)

Wednesday 1 June 2022:

  • 11am - 1pm: Royal Society of Chemistry (stand A19)

  • 2pm - 3pm: Thieme Verlag (stand E05)

Thursday 2 June 2022:

  • 11am - 12noon: Thieme Verlag (stand E05)

  • afternoon: Royal Society of Chemistry (stand A19)

  • Cambridge University Press (stand C12)

UKSG (Telford, UK)

Sunday 29 May 2022:

  • afternoon (by appointment)

Monday 30 May 2022:

  • 10 – 11am: Royal Society of Chemistry (stand 37 & 46)

  • 11am - 12noon: Jisc (stand 26)

  • 1pm - 2pm: Thieme (stand 90)

  • 2 - 3pm: Royal Society of Chemistry (stand 37 & 46)

  • 3pm - 4pm: Cambridge University Press (stand 107)

JMIR Publications is now live and connected to the OA Switchboard

Posted 27 May 2022

The rocket is on the launch pad! JMIR Publications is ready to begin sending automated publication notification messages (P1 messages) through the OA Switchboard, supporting research institutions and their libraries to connect with their research and simplify their workflows.

While JMIR is one of the first publishers to successfully integrate with the OA Switchboard API in the standard message structure, interest and uptake has been steadily picking up momentum. The success of this initiative is a testament to the cooperation required by the scholarly communications industry to meaningfully address the ongoing challenges around the administrative burden to fulfill OA publication-level arrangements.

Read the full announcement here.

Beilstein-Institut: the first diamond initiative to report via OA Switchboard

Posted 12 May 2022

Beilstein-Institut is the first diamond initiative to report to research funders, institutions and consortia via OA Switchboard. They are also the first publisher to go live with a direct OA Switchboard API connection.

Read more here.

The Company of Biologists connects to the OA Switchboard

Posted 20 April 2022

"The Company of Biologists is delighted to announce a partnership with the OA Switchboard which makes it much easier for our library customers to manage their Read & Publish agreements and to monitor the success of their Open Access (OA) strategy.  Thanks to the great success of our cost-neutral Read & Publish OA initiative, there has been a significant increase in the number of research articles published immediately OA in our hybrid subscription journals... This is excellent news, but the lack of standardisation between systems, portals and processes has created challenges, particularly in terms of reporting and data analysis.


The OA Switchboard offers a solution...


Connectors between The Company of Biologists and the OA Switchboard are now in place. This means that we can provide real-time publishing information on a regular basis to our library customers that are signed up to the OA Switchboard. We can also provide reports dating back to 1 January 2022. Read the full announcement here.

ORCID and OA Switchboard work to “connect the dots” of PIDs in the Open Access Journey

Open scholarly infrastructure organizations collaborate to navigate the OA research and publishing maze to help solve compliance with emerging requirements

Posted 19 April 2022

We are excited to announce the launch of ORCID-enabled smart matching in OA Switchboard. With our April 2022 release, OA Switchboard users will be able to leverage authoritative affiliation data from authors’ ORCID profiles to corroborate affiliation or organizational identifiers (such as ROR or Ringgold IDs) and ensure more accurate routing of the messages being shared between participants throughout the Open Access (OA) research cycle and publication journey, ultimately resulting in more complete and better quality metadata in the OA Switchboard messages for each article published.

See the Press Release here and the ORCID blog post here

2022 Webinars to present the OA Switchboard to the wider community

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Updated 26 April 2022

Also in this second year of our 'launch phase', webinars are being organised to present the OA Switchboard to the wider community.​

 

  • Wednesday 20 April 2022
    Making reporting easy and increasing visibility of open access publication output – a how-to webinar from OA Switchboard publisher participants
    Three publisher case studies on how to connect to OA Switchboard to make reporting easy and increase visibility of OA publication output. Our speakers covered the different options for interacting with OA Switchboard (manual, via API or custom connector), illustrated by their own real-life experiences and lessons learned. Our tech partner added background information and best practices across all publishers operational on OA Switchboard, as well as with future trends that are shaping.​

    The recording of the webinar is available here.

  • Tuesday 29 March 2022
    Lessons Learned to Make Reporting Easy: source data, PIDs, interoperability and a simple messaging tool

    This webinar provided an evidence-based look at how the different stakeholders deal with reporting on OA-related publication level information via a series of talks and use case presentations. The full slide deck is here and all questions answered in and after the webinar are here.

    Please note this webinar was free and open to all thanks to the support of our host Copyright Clearance Center. The recording is available here.

     

  • October 2022
    See here.

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London Book Fair Research & Scholarly Publishing Forum

OA Switchboard takes part in the “Tech-decks” session

Posted 8 April 2022

On Thursday 7 April 2022, OA Switchboard participated in the “Tech-decks” session during the Research & Publishing Forum as part of the London Book fair. This session was about new concepts and technologies supporting evolution and revolution in journal publishing.

Our talk was about "Orchestrating data flow to enable Open Access offerings in journal publishing." The on-demand version is available here.

CCC announcement: CCC and the OA Switchboard Collaborate to Offer Increased Efficiency and Transparency for the Scholarly Communications Community

posted 29 March 2022


CCC, a leading provider of Open Access (OA) workflow solutions, and the OA Switchboard, a global, not-for-profit collaboration between funders, institutions and publishers, announce a collaboration to automate the exchange of OA transactional information between publishers and their customers through the OA Switchboard.

See full announcement here.

Hindawi announcement: Sharing publication metadata to streamline open access reporting

Posted 16 March 2022

"The OA Switchboard has developed quickly over the last couple of years and is starting to demonstrate the real value it can provide to our community, and we are excited to announce that Hindawi has now also successfully integrated with the OA Switchboard. Going forward, this will enable the OA Switchboard to send out notifications on our behalf to institutions/consortia and funders when a relevant article is published."

Read the full blog post here.

ICOLC Meeting Panel

OA Switchboard participates in member-only meeting on 21 April 2021

Updated 21 April 2021 / Posted 8 April 2021


OA Switchboard participated in the ICOLC Meeting Panel during a members-only meeting on 21 April 2021. General information is here, and the ICOLC community can find out more here.

OA Switchboard reaches milestone of 100K messages sent

Posted 4 March 2022

"The more who use it, the better a resource it becomes" by Gaynor Redvers-Mutton from the Microbiology Society, is becoming reality. Early March 2022 OA Switchboard reached an impressive milestone: 100K exchanges of OA publication-level information by publishers to research funders / institutions / consortia! We are proud and grateful for all participants and strategic partner OASPA.

For more information and statistics, see our Participants page.

International Conference on Innovations and Challenges in Research Publishing

OA Switchboard to present a key note (22 February 2022)

Posted 16 February 2022

OA Switchboard participates in the International Conference on Innovations and Challenges in Research Publishing. It is an e-CONFERENCE from Chitkara University Publications, an Open Access Initiative of The Chitkara University.

The full conference program is here.

The title of our key note is: OA Switchboard - a practical tool that thrives on collaboration

2022 Focus: Build on the hard work of 2021 in terms of priorities and use cases

Posted 3 January 2022

On the first working day of 2022, we’re excited to share that the second year of our launch phase will build on the hard work of 2021 in terms of priorities and use cases.

It’s no surprise that our overarching focus will continue to be on: 1) authoritative data from source; 2) interoperability of existing systems; 3) connecting the dots of existing PIDs. All, in our characteristic, well established, collaborative spirit.

What does this mean?

  1. Authoritative data from source: article-level metadata directly from the publisher, via a (technically) validated standardised messaging protocol (no journal-level default values, no myriad of formats, etc)

  2. Interoperability of existing systems: connect via (open) APIs (don’t re-invent the wheel, don’t rebuild what’s already out there)

  3. Connecting the dots of existing PIDs: use of common standards #GRID #ISNI #Ringgold #ROR #ORCID #DOI


Please get in touch to learn more about these topics, and to discuss how OA Switchboard can support your organisation. We invite you to join our community of like-minded spirits on a mission: a breakthrough in the transformation of the market, enabling OA to be supported as the predominant model of publication.

31 December 2021 statistics

Posted 31 December 2021

On this last day of the year we celebrate that we’ve been fully operational for one year. We proudly share our 31 December statistics with you:

84,377 messages were sent by participating publishers to research funders and institutions/consortia via OA Switchboard
(‘messages’ = standardised sets of publication-level metadata).

We’re well underway to deliver on our mission as independent intermediary, connecting parties and systems, streamlining communication and the neutral exchange of OA related publication-level information. In terms of developing and maintaining our central information exchange hub as an operational solution, this is all about shared infrastructure, standardised messaging protocol, and integration with existing systems, powered by Persistent Identifiers (PIDs).

The OA Switchboard is providing a solution for a real pain point shared by research funders, institutions and publishers: the fulfilment of OA publication-level arrangements (policies, mandates, agreements, etc).

In 2021, our stakeholders have built a fantastic community of like-minded spirits on a mission. We’re grateful for our founding partners, launch customers and early adopters. And we very, very much thank Ivo Verbeek and Yuri Vorontsov from our tech partner ELITEX, and Bernie Folan and Claire Redhead from our strategic partner Open Access Scholarly Publishing Association.

Read more in our year-end blog post here.

Three OA Switchboard events at 2021 Open Publishing Fest - for three time zones

posted: 1 November 2021


OA Switchboard will host three 'discussion events' at the 2021 Open Publishing Fest, a decentralized public event that brings together communities supporting open source software, open content, and open publishing models.

The same event will run three times on Tuesday 9 November 2021:

  • at 7am (CET) for our friends to the east of us

  • at 1pm (CET) for our friends nearer by

  • at 9pm (CET) for our friends to the west of us and in New Zealand 

The title of our events is: From toll roads to highways - How the OA Switchboard is building the infrastructure for an OA-driven scholarly communications landscape.

The event will reflect on our journey from idea (2018) to being operational (2021). We'll present our principles and POSI self-assessment, cover tough choices and will share pragmatic solutions. We're happy to share our experiences and enter into discussion with the participants.

Webinars to present the OA Switchboard to the wider community

Last updated 14 September 2021 / Posted 30 October 2020

Webinars are being organised to present the OA Switchboard to the wider community, supported by demonstrations/presentations of real-life use cases by launch customers and founding partners.​

  • Wednesday 8 September 2021
    This webinar focused on the shared use case Matching Publication Costs with Publication Funds that our launch customers and founding partners are currently working on collaboratively. The speakers covered a wide range of use cases, covering all kind of business models (APC-based, non-APC based / diamond, subscribe-to-open, transformative agreements, pure OA/publish deals, etc) and a wide range of technical implementations ('connectors') for data feeds from different source systems.

    This webinar was free and open to all thanks to the support of our host Aries Systems. The recording of the webinar is available here.

  • Wednesday 31 March 2021​
    This webinar focussed on the Reporting Made Easy shared use case our launch customers and founding partners are working on collaboratively. Funders and institutions/consortia would much prefer publishers to report their publication-level OA information in a structured format. This enables data to be fed directly into their own (or their solution provider’s) system for further processing and analysis.

    This webinar provided a practical evidence-based look at how the OA Switchboard is making reporting easier via a series of short five minute talks and use case presentations, with time for questions and discussions following. The recording of this webinar is here.

  • Tuesday 8 December 2020
    The OA Switchboard is a tool that can be called upon as and when needed, or integrated in stakeholders’ own systems and workflows to achieve automation and scalability. This webinar brings together participants from publishers, research institutions and our tech partner to present and discuss real-life use cases. Learn what specific challenge they implement the OA Switchboard for and how a simple communication hub can handle many different situations. The unanswered questions posed by attendees via the webinar chat, as well as the recording of this webinar is available here.

  • Thursday 5 November 2020
    Part of the OASPA AGM will also be given to an update on the OA Switchboard project which OASPA has been leading this year. In this webinar we’ll present a status update and insight into our plans. Also, some of our early adopters will present specific use cases they are getting started with in 2021.The recording of this part of the meeting is available here.

Royal Society of Chemistry connects to OA Switchboard

posted: 7 September 2021

"We recently announced our support for the OA Switchboard initiative, a not-for-profit, industry-wide collaboration among publishers, academic institutions and research funding organisations.

We're pleased to announce that it's now all systems go, with Royal Society of Chemistry Product Manager, Charlie Quigg, saying: "I have to commend OA Switchboard on their approach. They were able to integrate smoothly with our existing systems and setup only took two meetings and a few weeks of work on their side, with no development work on ours. Within hours of going live, multiple participating institutions were notified of published articles."

Read the full announcement here.

SSP 43rd Annual Meeting: Charting a New Course - From Chaos to Innovation

OA Switchboard to present a poster (27 May 2021)

Posted 2 April 2021

Updated 1 June 2021

OA Switchboard participated in SSP's 43rd Annual Meeting (online conference from 24 - 27 May 2021). The full program is here.

The title of our poster is: OA Switchboard, central information exchange hub: Taking charge of multi-lateral OA publication-level arrangements.

NASIG 2021 Conference

Live-streamed OA Switchboard panel (20 May 2021)

Posted 20 February 2021

Updated 9 June 2021

OA Switchboard participated in the 36th annual NASIG Conference (19-21 May 2021) by hosting a panel session. The recorded session is here.

The title of our session was: The OA Switchboard - How a simple, collaborative solution tackles multiple use cases for funders, institutions and publishers, strategically and practically.

UKSG 44th Annual Conference and Exhibition: Online

OA Switchboard lightning presentation on 13th April 2021

Updated 13 April 2021 / Posted 4 February 2021

OA Switchboard participated in this year's online version of the UKSG Annual Conference on Tuesday 13th April 2021. The full program is here.

The title of our lightning presentation is: OA Switchboard: a mission-driven practical solution, that thrives on collaboration.

30th Annual North Carolina Serials Conference

OA Switchboard Lightning Talk on 9 April 2021

Updated 9 April 2021 / Posted 9 February 2021

OA Switchboard participated in this year's North Caroline Serials Conference on 9 April 2021. The conference website is here.

The title of our Lightning Talk is: How the OA Switchboard is building the infrastructure for an OA-driven scholarly communications landscape.

InformationToday feature article: OA Switchboard, central information exchange hub

Posted 2 February 2021

[Editor's Note: If you heard Yvonne Campfens' inspiring keynote talk at Internet Librarian International 2019 all about creating, innovating, collaborating and what we can learn from startups, you won't be surprised to hear that she has taken her own advice and joined startup OA Switchboard as its executive director. I asked her to tell us about this new venture.]

Read the full article here.

ICOLC EMEA Webinar

Posted 15 March 2022

OA Switchboard was pleased and honoured to organise 2-hour webinar for ICOLC EMEA. The following partners joined us in this closed event:

  • Arjan Schalken, UKB/VSNU

  • Frank Manista, Jisc

  • Gaynor Redvers-Mutton, Microbiology Society

  • Ivo Verbeek, ELITEX

  • Marten Stavenga, John Benjamins Publishing Company

  • Richard Bennett, Hindawi

Next steps for Open Access, Westminster Higher Education Forum policy conference

OA Switchboard keynote on 9th July 2021

Posted 24 January 2021

OA Switchboard will participate in the Westminster Higher Education Forum policy conference on Friday 9th July 2021. The theme of the conference is 'Next steps for Open Access' and the full program is here.

The title of our keynote is: Streamlining communication and the neutral exchange of OA-related publication level information - collaborative infrastructure to make the ecosystem work better for everyone.

Outsell Analysis: OA Switchboard addresses an acute need in scholarly communications

Posted: 19 January 2021

OA Switchboard was covered in an Outsell Analysis by Tatiana Khayrullina (Director & Lead Analyst) today, with the title: OA Switchboard Is Ready to Go Live, Addressing an Acute Need in Scholarly Communications.

In the abstract it states: "The OA Switchboard strives to remove technical barriers on the path to OA adoption. Its mission is to smooth out communications among market players, one connection at a time."

Academic Publishing in Europe Conference (APE2021): The New Face of Trust

OA Switchboard opening keynote on Day 2 of the conference

Posted 17 November 2020

Updated 13 January 2021

The OA Switchboard participated in the 2021 Academic Publishing in Europe Conference, as the opening keynote on Day 2 of the conference on Wednesday 13 January 2021. The title of the presentation is: From complexity to transparency: How the OA Switchboard is building a cost-effective collaborative infrastructure solution for an OA-driven scholarly communications landscape.

Our presentation is available here.

NISO Plus 2021

"Collaborate to solve a common problem - OA Switchboard"

Posted 11 December 2020

The OA Switchboard will participate in the NISO Plus Conference, by means of a session on Wednesday 24 February 2021. The title of the presentation is: Collaborate to solve a common problem - OA Switchboard.

The full program of NISO Plus 2021 is here.

Progress report December 2020

Posted 10 December 2020

This post is by Yvonne Campfens, Executive Director of the OA Switchboard

Although many may want to forget all about 2020, I will remember it as a catalyst year, in which inspiring collaboration prepared for the OA Switchboard to go live as an operational solution in 2021. This progress report marks the end of the 2020 OA Switchboard project, and preludes the structural set-up for 2021 and beyond.


Continue reading here

UK collaborates with new body to accelerate global open access

Published 3 December 2020

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)Wellcome and Jisc are among the first organisations supporting the establishment of a new body called Open Access Switchboard.

Full announcement here.

Annual Publishing Conference 2020 (Rave Technologies)
Panel on Cross-Publisher OA Logistics

Posted 17 November 2020

Updated 13 January 2021

The OA Switchboard participated in a panel during the Annual Publishing Conference 2020 on Wednesday 9 December 2020 on facilitating Open Access in a publisher-neutral manner.

Our presentation is here.

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

Published 5 November 2020

Full announcement here

CNI Fall Virtual Membership Meeting (November 10-December 15, 2020)

"From toll roads to highways: How the OA Switchboard is building the infrastructure for an OA-driven scholarly communications landscape"

Posted 3 November 2020

Updated 13 January 2021

The OA Switchboard participated in the 2020 CNI Fall Virtual Membership Meeting by means of a Short Update (pre-recorded video) to be made available during Week 3 (December 1-7, 2020).

The theme of week 3 is: Technology, Standards, & Infrastructure

2nd Basel Sustainable Publishing Forum - The Global Transition to Open Access: Challenges and Solutions

"How did we get here? How to move on? How is the OA Switchboard helping?"

Posted 29 October 2020

Updated 13 January 2021

OA Switchboard participated in this virtual conference on 26-27 October 2020: 2nd Basel Sustainable Publishing Forum - The Global Transition to Open Access: Challenges and Solutions.


The title of the paper was: How did we get here? How to move on? How is the OA Switchboard helping?

The recording is available here.

Our presentation is here.

Progress report September 2020

Posted 29 September 2020

API integration workshop (26 August 2020)

Posted 28 August 2020

We’re now in the middle of the Pilot. One of the topics to prove is that we deliver the basics (standards & essential infrastructure). Specifically for, and with, the stakeholders’ partners, we recently organised a very well attended interactive workshop, about technical integration of the OA Switchboard API with these other systems, value-adding solutions on top, so the ambition of an automated, integrated, scalable solution will be achieved.

-- Questions -- Challenges -- Suggestions --

Watch the brainstorm animation here: Where do you see potential challenges with the technical integration to the OA Switchboard?

Demonstration videos of Minimum Viable Product (MVP)/iteration #6

Progress report July 2020

Posted 30 July 2020

RLUK's OAPP group hosts demonstration of the OA Switchboard initiative

Webinar on 27 July 2020

Posted 27 July 2020, updated 28 July 2020

On 27 July 2020, the RLUK OAPP Group hosted a webinar demonstration of the OA Switchboard initiative. The recording is available.

Demonstration videos of intermediate delivery iteration #5

Demonstration videos of intermediate delivery iteration #4

Demonstration videos of intermediate delivery iteration #3

Posted 24 June 2020

3.1 Compose message

3.2 Read message

Posted 1 June 2020

Announced 4 May 2020

Posted 31 March 2020

Issued 18 March 2020

Posted 31 January 2020

Published 12 February 2019

News

Blog:  The Benefits of Integrated OA Infrastructure

by: By Jamie Carmichael, Yvonne Campfens

Posted 26 October 2023

Recently, Graham Anderson, Head of Publishing Operations at the Royal Society, shared his thoughts on the benefits of integrated infrastructure in helping to advance open science. Read the full article here.

Article:  Who’s afraid of open infrastructures?

 

Posted 24 August 2023

Published today in Research Information, an article by COUNTER, DOAJ and OA Switchboard on the importance of non-profit infrastructure and standards bodies. Full article is here.

Announcement:  OA Books

 

Posted 21 July 2023

With new stakeholders added, the OA Switchboard community is embarking on an exciting new initiative to explore a solution to support OA Books, delivering on the commitment to support all types of scholarly output and business models. In the Autumn we will be looking for pilot users, so if you would like to be considered, please get in touch.  

Announcement: NISO Working Group

 

Posted 21 July 2023


Voting members of the National Information Standards Organization (NISO) have approved the formation of a Working Group to develop a Recommended Practice for operationalizing open access (OA) business processes. NISO is seeking members from across the information community to join the Working Group, which will address the lack of infrastructure supporting OA content by helping stakeholders in scholarly communications to track, assess, and report on OA publications, authors, and funding more easily. Read more here.

The alignment among stakeholders orchestrated by OA Switchboard over the years, as well as the resulting standardised 'message protocols', have been welcome and relevant input in the process so far, and will be further developed on in the Working Group.

Announcement:

ACS Publications is pleased to announce to join the OA Switchboard initiative

ACS Publications Flips the Switch to Simpler, Easier Open Access Reporting

 

Posted 19 July 2023

Read the full announcement here.

News:

Iteration 2023/#2 delivered: Reporting Made (even) Easier!

 

OA Switchboard released iteration 2023/#2, which is all about usability improvements. Community representation, involvement and input into product/service development has been central to the way we have developed the OA Switchboard, and this iteration is a great testament to that.

 

Included in iteration 2023/#2, and available for users with an account:

  • A new Excel report format, that provides the granularity of the underlying JSON, but easier for the human eye to process

  • The limit on number of messages that can be exported (previously 1,000 max.) is removed, via a new two-step export process

If you’d like to see a demo, please register for the 22 June Training Session.

The full development roadmap, as well as what's been delivered so far, is here.

Posted 1 June 2023

Announcement:
Big Ten Academic Alliance announces agreement with OA Switchboard

BTAA libraries have reached an agreement for OA Switchboard to benefit from the standardized metadata protocol and shared infrastructure provided by this community-led intermediary initiative

Posted 28 February 2023

Read the full announcement here.

OA Switchboard webinar: Tuesday 21 March 2023
Data-Driven Approaches to Design your OA Strategy

Open Access (OA) ambitions are continuously being developed, implemented and evaluated by different stakeholders in our ecosystem. There is increased appreciation that transparency and (meta)data are needed to support the broader transformation to OA, and for the design of distinct OA strategies. The required infrastructure and tools exist and continue to advance, and standardised data are increasingly available.

In this webinar our speakers discussed from their own experiences how they use solid facts and figures to monitor and manage policy and deal compliance, and how we all are getting better at decision-making and strategy-design through quality data. This practical evidence-based webinar is suitable for those within research institutions, funders and academic publishers.

 

This webinar was offered free of charge thanks to our host CCC and the recording is here.

Announcement:

SciELO joins OA Switchboard with over 300 open access journals in the SciELO Brazil collection

SciELO Brazil is now live and connected to OA Switchboard to support widespread visibility and access to SciELO journals

Posted 13 February 2023

Read the full announcement in English here.

Announcement:
Jisc extends agreement with OA Switchboard for another three years

Posted 23 january 2023:

Back in December 2020, UKRI, The Wellcome Trust and Jisc announced that we were the first organisations in the UK to support the establishment of something called the OA Switchboard. Shortly thereafter, Jisc announced that any higher education institution (HEI) who is a Jisc member could participate in the Switchboard for free for a three year period, concluding in December 2023.

 

Now they are pleased to announce that the agreement has been extended in principle for an additional three years starting in January 2024, again allowing HEI who are Jisc members full participation in the OA Switchboard.

Read the full announcement here.

Announcement:
The Natio­nal Libra­ry of Sweden enters new agre­e­ment with OA Switchboard

Posted 23 january 2023:

Within the framework of its task to coordinate, monitor and promote cooperation between stakeholders for open access to scientific publications, the National Library of Sweden (NLS) has signed a membership agreement for 2023 with OA Switchboard – a central metadata hub. Read the full announcement here.

Press Release: TIB, ZB MED and ZBW sign agreement with OA Switchboard
The three specialised German National Libraries fund participation in the OA Switchboard initiative for universities and research institutions in Germany

Posted 17 January 2023

TIB - Leibniz Information Centre for Science and Technology, ZB MED - Information Centre for Life Sciences and ZBW - Leibniz Information Centre for Economics are jointly funding access to the OA Switchboard for universities and research institutions throughout Germany for a two-year pilot phase covering 2023 and 2024. Read the full announcement here.

German universities and research institutions interested in free access to OA Switchboard can contact support@oaswitchboard.org.

2023 Focus:
Further build on the 2022 lessons learned, priorities and use cases

Posted 2 January 2023

 

On the first working day of 2023, we’re excited to share our plans for the new year. Building on the successes and lessons learned from last year, it’s no surprise that our overarching focus will continue to be on:

1) authoritative data from source

2) interoperability of existing systems

3) connecting the dots of existing PIDs

 

All, in our characteristic, well established, collaborative spirit.

 

Last year, as part of use case 1 (Reporting Made Easy), we focused significant attention on identifiers and metadata for all authors’ affiliations in a publication and we’ll continue to work on that with our participants in the new year.

In 2023 we will add emphasis on PIDs and metadata for research funders and grants, especially as part of the next level funder pilot(s) that are underway.

In 2023, more and more publishers will be sending E1-messages (Eligibility Enquiries) to research funders and institutions as part of the second use case the OA Switchboard supports: Matching Publication Costs with Publication Funds.

 

The challenges in the implementation of institutional and funder policies, and the increasingly complex network of agreements between publishers and institutions still exist, as well as the myriad of systems and processes, inconsistent terminology, and lack of (use of) persistent identifiers. This is what the OA Switchboard was founded for, as a cross-stakeholder, not-for-profit initiative, with a mission-driven community and a practical tool (central metadata exchange hub), providing a standardised messaging protocol and shared infrastructure, built by and for the people who use it, and leveraged with existing PIDs.

 

We look forward to continuing the journey with you all in 2023!

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31 December 2022 statistics

Posted 31 December 2022

On this last day of the year we celebrate that we’ve been fully operational for two years. We proudly share our 31 December statistics with you:

233,000 messages were sent via OA Switchboard in 2022

(‘messages’ = standardised sets of publication-level metadata)

 

The vast majority were sent by participating publishers to research funders and institutions/consortia to support the Reporting Made Easy use case (so-called P1-messages). In 2022 the number of publishers reporting via the standardised protocol grew to 22 publishers.
 

To date, 9 (national) consortia and multi-site participants (jointly representing hundreds of sites/members) are connected to OA Switchboard. In addition, 75 individual research institutions/libraries have operational accounts in OA Switchboard. 16 research funders have accounts and/or participate in the extended funder pilot(s). In total, over 2,500 organisations are set-up to receive messages via OA Switchboard.


In 2022, our stakeholders continued to build a fantastic community of like-minded spirits focussed on a mission. We’re grateful for our founding partners, launch customers and early adopters, and thank them all, as well as our sponsors, tech partner and strategic partner OASPA.

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UPDATE - Come meet us at even more 2022 conferences and events this Fall

CONCERT Annual conference

Tuesday 6 December 2022
OA Switchboard presented on 'Building robust connections in the global research ecosystem to drive Open Access strategies'

EBSCO Open Perspectives Forum 2022 - Library experts discuss areas of ‘open’ in libraries today: open source, open access and open infrastructure

Tuesday 8 November

OA Switchboard presented on 'Open Infrastructure: OA Switchboard - central metadata exchange hub'. Recording here.

Charleston Conference (Charleston, USA): We Will Get There, Together!

Tuesday 1 November - Friday 4 November

OA Switchboard participated in the session on 'Innovation for sustainability in open access'

Pensoft Publishers joins OA Switchboard
Pensoft’s ARPHA Publishing Platform integrates with OA Switchboard to streamline reporting to funders of open research

Posted 29 September 2022

“At Pensoft, we are delighted to announce our integration with the OA Switchboard, as this workflow is yet another excellent practice in scholarly publishing that supports transparency in research. Needless to say, funding and financing are cornerstones in scientific work and scholarship, so it is equally important to ensure funding bodies are provided with full, prompt and convenient reports about their own input.” comments Prof Lyubomir Penev, CEO and founder of Pensoft and ARPHA.

 

“Research funders are one of the three key stakeholder groups in OA Switchboard and are represented in our founding partners. They seek support in demonstrating the extent and impact of their research funding and delivering on their commitment to OA. It is great to see Pensoft has started their integration with OA Switchboard with a focus on this specific group, fulfilling an important need,”

adds Yvonne Campfens, Executive Director of the OA Switchboard.

Read the full announcement here.

OA Switchboard webinar: Thursday 27 October 2022
Collaborating to Unlock the Power of PIDs

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A how-to webinar from OA Switchboard partners and participants on opportunities to capture and maximise usage of identifiers. The recording is here.

This webinar was offered free of charge thanks to our host Aries Systems.

In the webinar we reported on a joint research project. More details and the recommendations of this project are here

Come meet us at 2022 conferences and events this Fall

Kuopio Conference 2022 (Vienna, Austria): Review and Renew: Changing Strategies in Collection Management

Wednesday 7 September - Friday 9 September

ALPSP Annual Conference and Awards (Manchester, UK)

Wednesday 14 September - Friday 16 September

OA Switchboard participated in the Industry Updates session 8b on Thursday 15 September (14:50 - 15:35 (BST / GMT+1))

Open-Access-Tage 2022 (Bern, Switzerland): Collaboration

Monday 19 September - Wednesday 21 September

OASPA 2022 Online Conference on Open Access Scholarly Publishing

Tuesday 20 September - Thursday 22 September

OA Switchboard participated with a poster.

ORFG First Community Call

Tuesday 27 September 2022

OA Switchboard presented How does OA Switchboard contribute to improving the quality of metadata and identifiers? 

CHORUS Forum: Improving Scholarly Publishing Metadata

Thursday 29 September

OA Switchboard presented in part two of the workshop, recording here.

ESAC Community of Practice call: Publishing workflow and library processing workflow

Tuesday 4 October 2022

OA Switchboard presented in the 9am (CET) and the 5pm (CET slot: 'Putting Open Access into practice'

KGL PubFactory online community forum - Virtual Series 2022 (4, 6&7 October)

OA Switchboard participated on the Industry Day on Thursday 6 October with a presentation: 'Toward a Better Research Ecosystem'

Expert workshop (Hamburg, Germany): openCost: the road to publication cost transparency

Wednesday 5 October - Friday 7 October

OA Switchboard participated with a presentation on Friday 7 Ooctober

Frankfurt Book Fair 2022 (Frankfurt, Germany)

Tuesday 18 October - Wednesday 19 October

F.O.R.M. Forum for Open Research in MENA (Cairo, Egypt): Moving to Open - practical and technological considerations

Wednesday 26 October - Thursday 27 October

OA Switchboard participated with a paper in Panel 8 (27 October 1 - 2.30PM CET). Recording here.

Charleston Conference (Charleston, USA): We Will Get There, Together!

Tuesday 1 November - Friday 4 November

OA Switchboard participated in the session on 'Innovation for sustainability in open access'

PNAS joins OA Switchboard

PNAS partners with OA Switchboard to support widespread and speedy public access to scientific literature

Posted 27 July 2022

The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) announced today their artnership with OA Switchboard. Through this partnership, PNAS will share key publication details through automated communications with the scientific community via a central information exchange hub. These real-time communications will simplify the process by which PNAS author institutions and funders manage their transformative agreements and open access publishing mandates, providing a straightforward and efficient exchange of information throughout the publication journey.

Connectors between PNAS and OA Switchboard will be live this summer.

Read the full announcement here.

OASPA blog post:
Fully OA Publishers Live on OA Switchboard

posted 27 July 2022

We are happy to report in this new blog post published by our strategic partner OASPA that several fully OA Publishers are now live on OA Switchboard.

OA Switchboard is set up for all publishing business models but one of the great benefits is that it gives visibility to smaller publishers and fully OA publishers who most often lack the opportunities to make direct publishing agreements with institutions. This is one of the main reasons OASPA supported the initiative, so it is great to see these publishers go live with OA Switchboard.

PLOS and OA Switchboard Announce Partnership
"The integration of the OA Switchboard into our workflows is scalable for all our new and legacy journals"

Posted 22 July 2022

“The standardization between systems, portals and processes that the OA Switchboard provides will allow PLOS to share increasingly valuable reporting and data analysis with our institutional partners,” said Randy Townsend, Director of Publishing Operations, PLOS. “We are excited to enhance transparency in OA publishing with the ability to immediately share article metadata directly, upon publication, with our community.”

“Our organization is an independent and industry-wide initiative that provides a central hub for stakeholders to exchange OA-related publication-level information,” said Yvonne Campfens, Executive Director, OA Switchboard. “We are excited that PLOS is now connected to the practical tool that they’ve helped shaping, as PLOS recognized the importance of a community-led collaborative initiative from day 1.”

Read the full announcement here.

EIFL joins OA Switchboard

EIFL collaborates with the OA Switchboard to support information sharing

Posted 13 June 2022

Rima Kupryte, director of EIFL says:

“We are delighted to sign an agreement with the OA Switchboard. This important initiative will facilitate improved quality and timeliness of metadata about publications by authors in EIFL partner countries. The OA Switchboard has the potential to streamline the management of open access publishing for all parties and is fast becoming part of the essential infrastructure needed to support information sharing.”

Yvonne Campfens, executive director of OA Switchboard says:

“We are very happy with EIFL joining as we’re committed to supporting all OA business models and policies, and strive to provide support globally. The central information exchange hub grows stronger with every participant, becoming a better tool for all.” 

Read the full announcement here.

Come meet us and OA Switchboard participants at 2022 conferences

Just stop by at one of the stands!

Bibliotheks Kongress (Leipzig, Germany)

Wednesday 1 June 2022:

  • 11am - 1pm: Royal Society of Chemistry (stand A19)

  • 2pm - 3pm: Thieme Verlag (stand E05)

Thursday 2 June 2022:

  • 11am - 12noon: Thieme Verlag (stand E05)

  • afternoon: Royal Society of Chemistry (stand A19)

  • Cambridge University Press (stand C12)

UKSG (Telford, UK)

Sunday 29 May 2022:

  • afternoon (by appointment)

Monday 30 May 2022:

  • 10 – 11am: Royal Society of Chemistry (stand 37 & 46)

  • 11am - 12noon: Jisc (stand 26)

  • 1pm - 2pm: Thieme (stand 90)

  • 2 - 3pm: Royal Society of Chemistry (stand 37 & 46)

  • 3pm - 4pm: Cambridge University Press (stand 107)

JMIR Publications is now live and connected to the OA Switchboard

Posted 27 May 2022

The rocket is on the launch pad! JMIR Publications is ready to begin sending automated publication notification messages (P1 messages) through the OA Switchboard, supporting research institutions and their libraries to connect with their research and simplify their workflows.

While JMIR is one of the first publishers to successfully integrate with the OA Switchboard API in the standard message structure, interest and uptake has been steadily picking up momentum. The success of this initiative is a testament to the cooperation required by the scholarly communications industry to meaningfully address the ongoing challenges around the administrative burden to fulfill OA publication-level arrangements.

Read the full announcement here.

Beilstein-Institut: the first diamond initiative to report via OA Switchboard

Posted 12 May 2022

Beilstein-Institut is the first diamond initiative to report to research funders, institutions and consortia via OA Switchboard. They are also the first publisher to go live with a direct OA Switchboard API connection.

Read more here.

The Company of Biologists connects to the OA Switchboard

Posted 20 April 2022

"The Company of Biologists is delighted to announce a partnership with the OA Switchboard which makes it much easier for our library customers to manage their Read & Publish agreements and to monitor the success of their Open Access (OA) strategy.  Thanks to the great success of our cost-neutral Read & Publish OA initiative, there has been a significant increase in the number of research articles published immediately OA in our hybrid subscription journals... This is excellent news, but the lack of standardisation between systems, portals and processes has created challenges, particularly in terms of reporting and data analysis.


The OA Switchboard offers a solution...


Connectors between The Company of Biologists and the OA Switchboard are now in place. This means that we can provide real-time publishing information on a regular basis to our library customers that are signed up to the OA Switchboard. We can also provide reports dating back to 1 January 2022. Read the full announcement here.

ORCID and OA Switchboard work to “connect the dots” of PIDs in the Open Access Journey

Open scholarly infrastructure organizations collaborate to navigate the OA research and publishing maze to help solve compliance with emerging requirements

Posted 19 April 2022

We are excited to announce the launch of ORCID-enabled smart matching in OA Switchboard. With our April 2022 release, OA Switchboard users will be able to leverage authoritative affiliation data from authors’ ORCID profiles to corroborate affiliation or organizational identifiers (such as ROR or Ringgold IDs) and ensure more accurate routing of the messages being shared between participants throughout the Open Access (OA) research cycle and publication journey, ultimately resulting in more complete and better quality metadata in the OA Switchboard messages for each article published.

See the Press Release here and the ORCID blog post here

2022 Webinars to present the OA Switchboard to the wider community

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Updated 26 April 2022

Also in this second year of our 'launch phase', webinars are being organised to present the OA Switchboard to the wider community.​

 

  • Wednesday 20 April 2022
    Making reporting easy and increasing visibility of open access publication output – a how-to webinar from OA Switchboard publisher participants
    Three publisher case studies on how to connect to OA Switchboard to make reporting easy and increase visibility of OA publication output. Our speakers covered the different options for interacting with OA Switchboard (manual, via API or custom connector), illustrated by their own real-life experiences and lessons learned. Our tech partner added background information and best practices across all publishers operational on OA Switchboard, as well as with future trends that are shaping.​

    The recording of the webinar is available here.

  • Tuesday 29 March 2022
    Lessons Learned to Make Reporting Easy: source data, PIDs, interoperability and a simple messaging tool

    This webinar provided an evidence-based look at how the different stakeholders deal with reporting on OA-related publication level information via a series of talks and use case presentations. The full slide deck is here and all questions answered in and after the webinar are here.

    Please note this webinar was free and open to all thanks to the support of our host Copyright Clearance Center. The recording is available here.

     

  • October 2022
    See here.

London Book Fair Research & Scholarly Publishing Forum

OA Switchboard takes part in the “Tech-decks” session

Posted 8 April 2022

On Thursday 7 April 2022, OA Switchboard participated in the “Tech-decks” session during the Research & Publishing Forum as part of the London Book fair. This session was about new concepts and technologies supporting evolution and revolution in journal publishing.

Our talk was about "Orchestrating data flow to enable Open Access offerings in journal publishing." The on-demand version is available here.

CCC announcement: CCC and the OA Switchboard Collaborate to Offer Increased Efficiency and Transparency for the Scholarly Communications Community

posted 29 March 2022


CCC, a leading provider of Open Access (OA) workflow solutions, and the OA Switchboard, a global, not-for-profit collaboration between funders, institutions and publishers, announce a collaboration to automate the exchange of OA transactional information between publishers and their customers through the OA Switchboard.

See full announcement here.

Hindawi announcement: Sharing publication metadata to streamline open access reporting

Posted 16 March 2022

"The OA Switchboard has developed quickly over the last couple of years and is starting to demonstrate the real value it can provide to our community, and we are excited to announce that Hindawi has now also successfully integrated with the OA Switchboard. Going forward, this will enable the OA Switchboard to send out notifications on our behalf to institutions/consortia and funders when a relevant article is published."

Read the full blog post here.

ICOLC Meeting Panel

OA Switchboard participates in member-only meeting on 21 April 2021

Updated 21 April 2021 / Posted 8 April 2021


OA Switchboard participated in the ICOLC Meeting Panel during a members-only meeting on 21 April 2021. General information is here, and the ICOLC community can find out more here.

OA Switchboard reaches milestone of 100K messages sent

Posted 4 March 2022

"The more who use it, the better a resource it becomes" by Gaynor Redvers-Mutton from the Microbiology Society, is becoming reality. Early March 2022 OA Switchboard reached an impressive milestone: 100K exchanges of OA publication-level information by publishers to research funders / institutions / consortia! We are proud and grateful for all participants and strategic partner OASPA.

For more information and statistics, see our Participants page.

International Conference on Innovations and Challenges in Research Publishing

OA Switchboard to present a key note (22 February 2022)

Posted 16 February 2022

OA Switchboard participates in the International Conference on Innovations and Challenges in Research Publishing. It is an e-CONFERENCE from Chitkara University Publications, an Open Access Initiative of The Chitkara University.

The full conference program is here.

The title of our key note is: OA Switchboard - a practical tool that thrives on collaboration

2022 Focus: Build on the hard work of 2021 in terms of priorities and use cases

Posted 3 January 2022

On the first working day of 2022, we’re excited to share that the second year of our launch phase will build on the hard work of 2021 in terms of priorities and use cases.

It’s no surprise that our overarching focus will continue to be on: 1) authoritative data from source; 2) interoperability of existing systems; 3) connecting the dots of existing PIDs. All, in our characteristic, well established, collaborative spirit.

What does this mean?

  1. Authoritative data from source: article-level metadata directly from the publisher, via a (technically) validated standardised messaging protocol (no journal-level default values, no myriad of formats, etc)

  2. Interoperability of existing systems: connect via (open) APIs (don’t re-invent the wheel, don’t rebuild what’s already out there)

  3. Connecting the dots of existing PIDs: use of common standards #GRID #ISNI #Ringgold #ROR #ORCID #DOI


Please get in touch to learn more about these topics, and to discuss how OA Switchboard can support your organisation. We invite you to join our community of like-minded spirits on a mission: a breakthrough in the transformation of the market, enabling OA to be supported as the predominant model of publication.

31 December 2021 statistics

Posted 31 December 2021

On this last day of the year we celebrate that we’ve been fully operational for one year. We proudly share our 31 December statistics with you:

84,377 messages were sent by participating publishers to research funders and institutions/consortia via OA Switchboard
(‘messages’ = standardised sets of publication-level metadata).

We’re well underway to deliver on our mission as independent intermediary, connecting parties and systems, streamlining communication and the neutral exchange of OA related publication-level information. In terms of developing and maintaining our central information exchange hub as an operational solution, this is all about shared infrastructure, standardised messaging protocol, and integration with existing systems, powered by Persistent Identifiers (PIDs).

The OA Switchboard is providing a solution for a real pain point shared by research funders, institutions and publishers: the fulfilment of OA publication-level arrangements (policies, mandates, agreements, etc).

In 2021, our stakeholders have built a fantastic community of like-minded spirits on a mission. We’re grateful for our founding partners, launch customers and early adopters. And we very, very much thank Ivo Verbeek and Yuri Vorontsov from our tech partner ELITEX, and Bernie Folan and Claire Redhead from our strategic partner Open Access Scholarly Publishing Association.

Read more in our year-end blog post here.

Three OA Switchboard events at 2021 Open Publishing Fest - for three time zones

posted: 1 November 2021


OA Switchboard will host three 'discussion events' at the 2021 Open Publishing Fest, a decentralized public event that brings together communities supporting open source software, open content, and open publishing models.

The same event will run three times on Tuesday 9 November 2021:

  • at 7am (CET) for our friends to the east of us

  • at 1pm (CET) for our friends nearer by

  • at 9pm (CET) for our friends to the west of us and in New Zealand 

The title of our events is: From toll roads to highways - How the OA Switchboard is building the infrastructure for an OA-driven scholarly communications landscape.

The event will reflect on our journey from idea (2018) to being operational (2021). We'll present our principles and POSI self-assessment, cover tough choices and will share pragmatic solutions. We're happy to share our experiences and enter into discussion with the participants.

Webinars to present the OA Switchboard to the wider community

Last updated 14 September 2021 / Posted 30 October 2020

Webinars are being organised to present the OA Switchboard to the wider community, supported by demonstrations/presentations of real-life use cases by launch customers and founding partners.​

  • Wednesday 8 September 2021
    This webinar focused on the shared use case Matching Publication Costs with Publication Funds that our launch customers and founding partners are currently working on collaboratively. The speakers covered a wide range of use cases, covering all kind of business models (APC-based, non-APC based / diamond, subscribe-to-open, transformative agreements, pure OA/publish deals, etc) and a wide range of technical implementations ('connectors') for data feeds from different source systems.

    This webinar was free and open to all thanks to the support of our host Aries Systems. The recording of the webinar is available here.

  • Wednesday 31 March 2021​
    This webinar focussed on the Reporting Made Easy shared use case our launch customers and founding partners are working on collaboratively. Funders and institutions/consortia would much prefer publishers to report their publication-level OA information in a structured format. This enables data to be fed directly into their own (or their solution provider’s) system for further processing and analysis.

    This webinar provided a practical evidence-based look at how the OA Switchboard is making reporting easier via a series of short five minute talks and use case presentations, with time for questions and discussions following. The recording of this webinar is here.

  • Tuesday 8 December 2020
    The OA Switchboard is a tool that can be called upon as and when needed, or integrated in stakeholders’ own systems and workflows to achieve automation and scalability. This webinar brings together participants from publishers, research institutions and our tech partner to present and discuss real-life use cases. Learn what specific challenge they implement the OA Switchboard for and how a simple communication hub can handle many different situations. The unanswered questions posed by attendees via the webinar chat, as well as the recording of this webinar is available here.

  • Thursday 5 November 2020
    Part of the OASPA AGM will also be given to an update on the OA Switchboard project which OASPA has been leading this year. In this webinar we’ll present a status update and insight into our plans. Also, some of our early adopters will present specific use cases they are getting started with in 2021.The recording of this part of the meeting is available here.

Royal Society of Chemistry connects to OA Switchboard

posted: 7 September 2021

"We recently announced our support for the OA Switchboard initiative, a not-for-profit, industry-wide collaboration among publishers, academic institutions and research funding organisations.

We're pleased to announce that it's now all systems go, with Royal Society of Chemistry Product Manager, Charlie Quigg, saying: "I have to commend OA Switchboard on their approach. They were able to integrate smoothly with our existing systems and setup only took two meetings and a few weeks of work on their side, with no development work on ours. Within hours of going live, multiple participating institutions were notified of published articles."

Read the full announcement here.

SSP 43rd Annual Meeting: Charting a New Course - From Chaos to Innovation

OA Switchboard to present a poster (27 May 2021)

Posted 2 April 2021

Updated 1 June 2021

OA Switchboard participated in SSP's 43rd Annual Meeting (online conference from 24 - 27 May 2021). The full program is here.

The title of our poster is: OA Switchboard, central information exchange hub: Taking charge of multi-lateral OA publication-level arrangements.

NASIG 2021 Conference

Live-streamed OA Switchboard panel (20 May 2021)

Posted 20 February 2021

Updated 9 June 2021

OA Switchboard participated in the 36th annual NASIG Conference (19-21 May 2021) by hosting a panel session. The recorded session is here.

The title of our session was: The OA Switchboard - How a simple, collaborative solution tackles multiple use cases for funders, institutions and publishers, strategically and practically.

UKSG 44th Annual Conference and Exhibition: Online

OA Switchboard lightning presentation on 13th April 2021

Updated 13 April 2021 / Posted 4 February 2021

OA Switchboard participated in this year's online version of the UKSG Annual Conference on Tuesday 13th April 2021. The full program is here.

The title of our lightning presentation is: OA Switchboard: a mission-driven practical solution, that thrives on collaboration.

30th Annual North Carolina Serials Conference

OA Switchboard Lightning Talk on 9 April 2021

Updated 9 April 2021 / Posted 9 February 2021

OA Switchboard participated in this year's North Caroline Serials Conference on 9 April 2021. The conference website is here.

The title of our Lightning Talk is: How the OA Switchboard is building the infrastructure for an OA-driven scholarly communications landscape.

InformationToday feature article: OA Switchboard, central information exchange hub

Posted 2 February 2021

[Editor's Note: If you heard Yvonne Campfens' inspiring keynote talk at Internet Librarian International 2019 all about creating, innovating, collaborating and what we can learn from startups, you won't be surprised to hear that she has taken her own advice and joined startup OA Switchboard as its executive director. I asked her to tell us about this new venture.]

Read the full article here.

ICOLC EMEA Webinar

Posted 15 March 2022

OA Switchboard was pleased and honoured to organise 2-hour webinar for ICOLC EMEA. The following partners joined us in this closed event:

  • Arjan Schalken, UKB/VSNU

  • Frank Manista, Jisc

  • Gaynor Redvers-Mutton, Microbiology Society

  • Ivo Verbeek, ELITEX

  • Marten Stavenga, John Benjamins Publishing Company

  • Richard Bennett, Hindawi

Next steps for Open Access, Westminster Higher Education Forum policy conference

OA Switchboard keynote on 9th July 2021

Posted 24 January 2021

OA Switchboard will participate in the Westminster Higher Education Forum policy conference on Friday 9th July 2021. The theme of the conference is 'Next steps for Open Access' and the full program is here.

The title of our keynote is: Streamlining communication and the neutral exchange of OA-related publication level information - collaborative infrastructure to make the ecosystem work better for everyone.

Outsell Analysis: OA Switchboard addresses an acute need in scholarly communications

Posted: 19 January 2021

OA Switchboard was covered in an Outsell Analysis by Tatiana Khayrullina (Director & Lead Analyst) today, with the title: OA Switchboard Is Ready to Go Live, Addressing an Acute Need in Scholarly Communications.

In the abstract it states: "The OA Switchboard strives to remove technical barriers on the path to OA adoption. Its mission is to smooth out communications among market players, one connection at a time."

Academic Publishing in Europe Conference (APE2021): The New Face of Trust

OA Switchboard opening keynote on Day 2 of the conference

Posted 17 November 2020

Updated 13 January 2021

The OA Switchboard participated in the 2021 Academic Publishing in Europe Conference, as the opening keynote on Day 2 of the conference on Wednesday 13 January 2021. The title of the presentation is: From complexity to transparency: How the OA Switchboard is building a cost-effective collaborative infrastructure solution for an OA-driven scholarly communications landscape.

Our presentation is available here.

NISO Plus 2021

"Collaborate to solve a common problem - OA Switchboard"

Posted 11 December 2020

The OA Switchboard will participate in the NISO Plus Conference, by means of a session on Wednesday 24 February 2021. The title of the presentation is: Collaborate to solve a common problem - OA Switchboard.

The full program of NISO Plus 2021 is here.

Progress report December 2020

Posted 10 December 2020

This post is by Yvonne Campfens, Executive Director of the OA Switchboard

Although many may want to forget all about 2020, I will remember it as a catalyst year, in which inspiring collaboration prepared for the OA Switchboard to go live as an operational solution in 2021. This progress report marks the end of the 2020 OA Switchboard project, and preludes the structural set-up for 2021 and beyond.


Continue reading here

UK collaborates with new body to accelerate global open access

Published 3 December 2020

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)Wellcome and Jisc are among the first organisations supporting the establishment of a new body called Open Access Switchboard.

Full announcement here.

Annual Publishing Conference 2020 (Rave Technologies)
Panel on Cross-Publisher OA Logistics

Posted 17 November 2020

Updated 13 January 2021

The OA Switchboard participated in a panel during the Annual Publishing Conference 2020 on Wednesday 9 December 2020 on facilitating Open Access in a publisher-neutral manner.

Our presentation is here.

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

Published 5 November 2020

Full announcement here

CNI Fall Virtual Membership Meeting (November 10-December 15, 2020)

"From toll roads to highways: How the OA Switchboard is building the infrastructure for an OA-driven scholarly communications landscape"

Posted 3 November 2020

Updated 13 January 2021

The OA Switchboard participated in the 2020 CNI Fall Virtual Membership Meeting by means of a Short Update (pre-recorded video) to be made available during Week 3 (December 1-7, 2020).

The theme of week 3 is: Technology, Standards, & Infrastructure

2nd Basel Sustainable Publishing Forum - The Global Transition to Open Access: Challenges and Solutions

"How did we get here? How to move on? How is the OA Switchboard helping?"

Posted 29 October 2020

Updated 13 January 2021

OA Switchboard participated in this virtual conference on 26-27 October 2020: 2nd Basel Sustainable Publishing Forum - The Global Transition to Open Access: Challenges and Solutions.


The title of the paper was: How did we get here? How to move on? How is the OA Switchboard helping?

The recording is available here.

Our presentation is here.

Progress report September 2020

Posted 29 September 2020

API integration workshop (26 August 2020)

Posted 28 August 2020

We’re now in the middle of the Pilot. One of the topics to prove is that we deliver the basics (standards & essential infrastructure). Specifically for, and with, the stakeholders’ partners, we recently organised a very well attended interactive workshop, about technical integration of the OA Switchboard API with these other systems, value-adding solutions on top, so the ambition of an automated, integrated, scalable solution will be achieved.

-- Questions -- Challenges -- Suggestions --

Watch the brainstorm animation here: Where do you see potential challenges with the technical integration to the OA Switchboard?

Demonstration videos of Minimum Viable Product (MVP)/iteration #6

Progress report July 2020

Posted 30 July 2020

RLUK's OAPP group hosts demonstration of the OA Switchboard initiative

Webinar on 27 July 2020

Posted 27 July 2020, updated 28 July 2020

On 27 July 2020, the RLUK OAPP Group hosted a webinar demonstration of the OA Switchboard initiative. The recording is available.

Demonstration videos of intermediate delivery iteration #5

Demonstration videos of intermediate delivery iteration #4

Demonstration videos of intermediate delivery iteration #3

Posted 24 June 2020

3.1 Compose message

3.2 Read message

Posted 1 June 2020

Announced 4 May 2020

Posted 31 March 2020

Issued 18 March 2020

Posted 31 January 2020

Published 12 February 2019

News

Announcement:

ACS Publications is pleased to announce to join the OA Switchboard initiative

ACS Publications Flips the Switch to Simpler, Easier Open Access Reporting

 

Posted 19 July 2023

Read the full announcement here.

News:

Iteration 2023/#2 delivered: Reporting Made (even) Easier!

 

OA Switchboard released iteration 2023/#2, which is all about usability improvements. Community representation, involvement and input into product/service development has been central to the way we have developed the OA Switchboard, and this iteration is a great testament to that.

 

Included in iteration 2023/#2, and available for users with an account:

  • A new Excel report format, that provides the granularity of the underlying JSON, but easier for the human eye to process

  • The limit on number of messages that can be exported (previously 1,000 max.) is removed, via a new two-step export process

If you’d like to see a demo, please register for the 22 June Training Session.

The full development roadmap, as well as what's been delivered so far, is here.

Posted 1 June 2023

Announcement:
Big Ten Academic Alliance announces agreement with OA Switchboard

BTAA libraries have reached an agreement for OA Switchboard to benefit from the standardized metadata protocol and shared infrastructure provided by this community-led intermediary initiative

Posted 28 February 2023

Read the full announcement here.

OA Switchboard webinar: Tuesday 21 March 2023
Data-Driven Approaches to Design your OA Strategy

Open Access (OA) ambitions are continuously being developed, implemented and evaluated by different stakeholders in our ecosystem. There is increased appreciation that transparency and (meta)data are needed to support the broader transformation to OA, and for the design of distinct OA strategies. The required infrastructure and tools exist and continue to advance, and standardised data are increasingly available.

In this webinar our speakers discussed from their own experiences how they use solid facts and figures to monitor and manage policy and deal compliance, and how we all are getting better at decision-making and strategy-design through quality data. This practical evidence-based webinar is suitable for those within research institutions, funders and academic publishers.

 

This webinar was offered free of charge thanks to our host CCC and the recording is here.

Announcement:

SciELO joins OA Switchboard with over 300 open access journals in the SciELO Brazil collection

SciELO Brazil is now live and connected to OA Switchboard to support widespread visibility and access to SciELO journals

Posted 13 February 2023

Read the full announcement in English here.

Announcement:
Jisc extends agreement with OA Switchboard for another three years

Posted 23 january 2023:

Back in December 2020, UKRI, The Wellcome Trust and Jisc announced that we were the first organisations in the UK to support the establishment of something called the OA Switchboard. Shortly thereafter, Jisc announced that any higher education institution (HEI) who is a Jisc member could participate in the Switchboard for free for a three year period, concluding in December 2023.

 

Now they are pleased to announce that the agreement has been extended in principle for an additional three years starting in January 2024, again allowing HEI who are Jisc members full participation in the OA Switchboard.

Read the full announcement here.

Announcement:
The Natio­nal Libra­ry of Sweden enters new agre­e­ment with OA Switchboard

Posted 23 january 2023:

Within the framework of its task to coordinate, monitor and promote cooperation between stakeholders for open access to scientific publications, the National Library of Sweden (NLS) has signed a membership agreement for 2023 with OA Switchboard – a central metadata hub. Read the full announcement here.

Press Release: TIB, ZB MED and ZBW sign agreement with OA Switchboard
The three specialised German National Libraries fund participation in the OA Switchboard initiative for universities and research institutions in Germany

Posted 17 January 2023

TIB - Leibniz Information Centre for Science and Technology, ZB MED - Information Centre for Life Sciences and ZBW - Leibniz Information Centre for Economics are jointly funding access to the OA Switchboard for universities and research institutions throughout Germany for a two-year pilot phase covering 2023 and 2024. Read the full announcement here.

German universities and research institutions interested in free access to OA Switchboard can contact support@oaswitchboard.org.

2023 Focus:
Further build on the 2022 lessons learned, priorities and use cases

Posted 2 January 2023

 

On the first working day of 2023, we’re excited to share our plans for the new year. Building on the successes and lessons learned from last year, it’s no surprise that our overarching focus will continue to be on:

1) authoritative data from source

2) interoperability of existing systems

3) connecting the dots of existing PIDs

 

All, in our characteristic, well established, collaborative spirit.

 

Last year, as part of use case 1 (Reporting Made Easy), we focused significant attention on identifiers and metadata for all authors’ affiliations in a publication and we’ll continue to work on that with our participants in the new year.

In 2023 we will add emphasis on PIDs and metadata for research funders and grants, especially as part of the next level funder pilot(s) that are underway.

In 2023, more and more publishers will be sending E1-messages (Eligibility Enquiries) to research funders and institutions as part of the second use case the OA Switchboard supports: Matching Publication Costs with Publication Funds.

 

The challenges in the implementation of institutional and funder policies, and the increasingly complex network of agreements between publishers and institutions still exist, as well as the myriad of systems and processes, inconsistent terminology, and lack of (use of) persistent identifiers. This is what the OA Switchboard was founded for, as a cross-stakeholder, not-for-profit initiative, with a mission-driven community and a practical tool (central metadata exchange hub), providing a standardised messaging protocol and shared infrastructure, built by and for the people who use it, and leveraged with existing PIDs.

 

We look forward to continuing the journey with you all in 2023!

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31 December 2022 statistics

Posted 31 December 2022

On this last day of the year we celebrate that we’ve been fully operational for two years. We proudly share our 31 December statistics with you:

233,000 messages were sent via OA Switchboard in 2022

(‘messages’ = standardised sets of publication-level metadata)

 

The vast majority were sent by participating publishers to research funders and institutions/consortia to support the Reporting Made Easy use case (so-called P1-messages). In 2022 the number of publishers reporting via the standardised protocol grew to 22 publishers.
 

To date, 9 (national) consortia and multi-site participants (jointly representing hundreds of sites/members) are connected to OA Switchboard. In addition, 75 individual research institutions/libraries have operational accounts in OA Switchboard. 16 research funders have accounts and/or participate in the extended funder pilot(s). In total, over 2,500 organisations are set-up to receive messages via OA Switchboard.


In 2022, our stakeholders continued to build a fantastic community of like-minded spirits focussed on a mission. We’re grateful for our founding partners, launch customers and early adopters, and thank them all, as well as our sponsors, tech partner and strategic partner OASPA.

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UPDATE - Come meet us at even more 2022 conferences and events this Fall

CONCERT Annual conference

Tuesday 6 December 2022
OA Switchboard presented on 'Building robust connections in the global research ecosystem to drive Open Access strategies'

EBSCO Open Perspectives Forum 2022 - Library experts discuss areas of ‘open’ in libraries today: open source, open access and open infrastructure

Tuesday 8 November

OA Switchboard presented on 'Open Infrastructure: OA Switchboard - central metadata exchange hub'. Recording here.

Charleston Conference (Charleston, USA): We Will Get There, Together!

Tuesday 1 November - Friday 4 November

OA Switchboard participated in the session on 'Innovation for sustainability in open access'

Pensoft Publishers joins OA Switchboard
Pensoft’s ARPHA Publishing Platform integrates with OA Switchboard to streamline reporting to funders of open research

Posted 29 September 2022

“At Pensoft, we are delighted to announce our integration with the OA Switchboard, as this workflow is yet another excellent practice in scholarly publishing that supports transparency in research. Needless to say, funding and financing are cornerstones in scientific work and scholarship, so it is equally important to ensure funding bodies are provided with full, prompt and convenient reports about their own input.” comments Prof Lyubomir Penev, CEO and founder of Pensoft and ARPHA.

 

“Research funders are one of the three key stakeholder groups in OA Switchboard and are represented in our founding partners. They seek support in demonstrating the extent and impact of their research funding and delivering on their commitment to OA. It is great to see Pensoft has started their integration with OA Switchboard with a focus on this specific group, fulfilling an important need,”

adds Yvonne Campfens, Executive Director of the OA Switchboard.

Read the full announcement here.

OA Switchboard webinar: Thursday 27 October 2022
Collaborating to Unlock the Power of PIDs

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A how-to webinar from OA Switchboard partners and participants on opportunities to capture and maximise usage of identifiers. The recording is here.

This webinar was offered free of charge thanks to our host Aries Systems.

In the webinar we reported on a joint research project. More details and the recommendations of this project are here

Come meet us at 2022 conferences and events this Fall

Kuopio Conference 2022 (Vienna, Austria): Review and Renew: Changing Strategies in Collection Management

Wednesday 7 September - Friday 9 September

ALPSP Annual Conference and Awards (Manchester, UK)

Wednesday 14 September - Friday 16 September

OA Switchboard participated in the Industry Updates session 8b on Thursday 15 September (14:50 - 15:35 (BST / GMT+1))

Open-Access-Tage 2022 (Bern, Switzerland): Collaboration

Monday 19 September - Wednesday 21 September

OASPA 2022 Online Conference on Open Access Scholarly Publishing

Tuesday 20 September - Thursday 22 September

OA Switchboard participated with a poster.

ORFG First Community Call

Tuesday 27 September 2022

OA Switchboard presented How does OA Switchboard contribute to improving the quality of metadata and identifiers? 

CHORUS Forum: Improving Scholarly Publishing Metadata

Thursday 29 September

OA Switchboard presented in part two of the workshop, recording here.

ESAC Community of Practice call: Publishing workflow and library processing workflow

Tuesday 4 October 2022

OA Switchboard presented in the 9am (CET) and the 5pm (CET slot: 'Putting Open Access into practice'

KGL PubFactory online community forum - Virtual Series 2022 (4, 6&7 October)

OA Switchboard participated on the Industry Day on Thursday 6 October with a presentation: 'Toward a Better Research Ecosystem'

Expert workshop (Hamburg, Germany): openCost: the road to publication cost transparency

Wednesday 5 October - Friday 7 October

OA Switchboard participated with a presentation on Friday 7 Ooctober

Frankfurt Book Fair 2022 (Frankfurt, Germany)

Tuesday 18 October - Wednesday 19 October

F.O.R.M. Forum for Open Research in MENA (Cairo, Egypt): Moving to Open - practical and technological considerations

Wednesday 26 October - Thursday 27 October

OA Switchboard participated with a paper in Panel 8 (27 October 1 - 2.30PM CET). Recording here.

Charleston Conference (Charleston, USA): We Will Get There, Together!

Tuesday 1 November - Friday 4 November

OA Switchboard participated in the session on 'Innovation for sustainability in open access'

PNAS joins OA Switchboard

PNAS partners with OA Switchboard to support widespread and speedy public access to scientific literature

Posted 27 July 2022

The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) announced today their artnership with OA Switchboard. Through this partnership, PNAS will share key publication details through automated communications with the scientific community via a central information exchange hub. These real-time communications will simplify the process by which PNAS author institutions and funders manage their transformative agreements and open access publishing mandates, providing a straightforward and efficient exchange of information throughout the publication journey.

Connectors between PNAS and OA Switchboard will be live this summer.

Read the full announcement here.

OASPA blog post:
Fully OA Publishers Live on OA Switchboard

posted 27 July 2022

We are happy to report in this new blog post published by our strategic partner OASPA that several fully OA Publishers are now live on OA Switchboard.

OA Switchboard is set up for all publishing business models but one of the great benefits is that it gives visibility to smaller publishers and fully OA publishers who most often lack the opportunities to make direct publishing agreements with institutions. This is one of the main reasons OASPA supported the initiative, so it is great to see these publishers go live with OA Switchboard.

PLOS and OA Switchboard Announce Partnership
"The integration of the OA Switchboard into our workflows is scalable for all our new and legacy journals"

Posted 22 July 2022

“The standardization between systems, portals and processes that the OA Switchboard provides will allow PLOS to share increasingly valuable reporting and data analysis with our institutional partners,” said Randy Townsend, Director of Publishing Operations, PLOS. “We are excited to enhance transparency in OA publishing with the ability to immediately share article metadata directly, upon publication, with our community.”

“Our organization is an independent and industry-wide initiative that provides a central hub for stakeholders to exchange OA-related publication-level information,” said Yvonne Campfens, Executive Director, OA Switchboard. “We are excited that PLOS is now connected to the practical tool that they’ve helped shaping, as PLOS recognized the importance of a community-led collaborative initiative from day 1.”

Read the full announcement here.

EIFL joins OA Switchboard

EIFL collaborates with the OA Switchboard to support information sharing

Posted 13 June 2022

Rima Kupryte, director of EIFL says:

“We are delighted to sign an agreement with the OA Switchboard. This important initiative will facilitate improved quality and timeliness of metadata about publications by authors in EIFL partner countries. The OA Switchboard has the potential to streamline the management of open access publishing for all parties and is fast becoming part of the essential infrastructure needed to support information sharing.”

Yvonne Campfens, executive director of OA Switchboard says:

“We are very happy with EIFL joining as we’re committed to supporting all OA business models and policies, and strive to provide support globally. The central information exchange hub grows stronger with every participant, becoming a better tool for all.” 

Read the full announcement here.

Come meet us and OA Switchboard participants at 2022 conferences

Just stop by at one of the stands!

Bibliotheks Kongress (Leipzig, Germany)

Wednesday 1 June 2022:

  • 11am - 1pm: Royal Society of Chemistry (stand A19)

  • 2pm - 3pm: Thieme Verlag (stand E05)

Thursday 2 June 2022:

  • 11am - 12noon: Thieme Verlag (stand E05)

  • afternoon: Royal Society of Chemistry (stand A19)

  • Cambridge University Press (stand C12)

UKSG (Telford, UK)

Sunday 29 May 2022:

  • afternoon (by appointment)

Monday 30 May 2022:

  • 10 – 11am: Royal Society of Chemistry (stand 37 & 46)

  • 11am - 12noon: Jisc (stand 26)

  • 1pm - 2pm: Thieme (stand 90)

  • 2 - 3pm: Royal Society of Chemistry (stand 37 & 46)

  • 3pm - 4pm: Cambridge University Press (stand 107)

JMIR Publications is now live and connected to the OA Switchboard

Posted 27 May 2022

The rocket is on the launch pad! JMIR Publications is ready to begin sending automated publication notification messages (P1 messages) through the OA Switchboard, supporting research institutions and their libraries to connect with their research and simplify their workflows.

While JMIR is one of the first publishers to successfully integrate with the OA Switchboard API in the standard message structure, interest and uptake has been steadily picking up momentum. The success of this initiative is a testament to the cooperation required by the scholarly communications industry to meaningfully address the ongoing challenges around the administrative burden to fulfill OA publication-level arrangements.

Read the full announcement here.

Beilstein-Institut: the first diamond initiative to report via OA Switchboard

Posted 12 May 2022

Beilstein-Institut is the first diamond initiative to report to research funders, institutions and consortia via OA Switchboard. They are also the first publisher to go live with a direct OA Switchboard API connection.

Read more here.

The Company of Biologists connects to the OA Switchboard

Posted 20 April 2022

"The Company of Biologists is delighted to announce a partnership with the OA Switchboard which makes it much easier for our library customers to manage their Read & Publish agreements and to monitor the success of their Open Access (OA) strategy.  Thanks to the great success of our cost-neutral Read & Publish OA initiative, there has been a significant increase in the number of research articles published immediately OA in our hybrid subscription journals... This is excellent news, but the lack of standardisation between systems, portals and processes has created challenges, particularly in terms of reporting and data analysis.


The OA Switchboard offers a solution...


Connectors between The Company of Biologists and the OA Switchboard are now in place. This means that we can provide real-time publishing information on a regular basis to our library customers that are signed up to the OA Switchboard. We can also provide reports dating back to 1 January 2022. Read the full announcement here.

ORCID and OA Switchboard work to “connect the dots” of PIDs in the Open Access Journey

Open scholarly infrastructure organizations collaborate to navigate the OA research and publishing maze to help solve compliance with emerging requirements

Posted 19 April 2022

We are excited to announce the launch of ORCID-enabled smart matching in OA Switchboard. With our April 2022 release, OA Switchboard users will be able to leverage authoritative affiliation data from authors’ ORCID profiles to corroborate affiliation or organizational identifiers (such as ROR or Ringgold IDs) and ensure more accurate routing of the messages being shared between participants throughout the Open Access (OA) research cycle and publication journey, ultimately resulting in more complete and better quality metadata in the OA Switchboard messages for each article published.

See the Press Release here and the ORCID blog post here

2022 Webinars to present the OA Switchboard to the wider community

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Updated 26 April 2022

Also in this second year of our 'launch phase', webinars are being organised to present the OA Switchboard to the wider community.​

 

  • Wednesday 20 April 2022
    Making reporting easy and increasing visibility of open access publication output – a how-to webinar from OA Switchboard publisher participants
    Three publisher case studies on how to connect to OA Switchboard to make reporting easy and increase visibility of OA publication output. Our speakers covered the different options for interacting with OA Switchboard (manual, via API or custom connector), illustrated by their own real-life experiences and lessons learned. Our tech partner added background information and best practices across all publishers operational on OA Switchboard, as well as with future trends that are shaping.​

    The recording of the webinar is available here.

  • Tuesday 29 March 2022
    Lessons Learned to Make Reporting Easy: source data, PIDs, interoperability and a simple messaging tool

    This webinar provided an evidence-based look at how the different stakeholders deal with reporting on OA-related publication level information via a series of talks and use case presentations. The full slide deck is here and all questions answered in and after the webinar are here.

    Please note this webinar was free and open to all thanks to the support of our host Copyright Clearance Center. The recording is available here.

     

  • October 2022
    See here.

London Book Fair Research & Scholarly Publishing Forum

OA Switchboard takes part in the “Tech-decks” session

Posted 8 April 2022

On Thursday 7 April 2022, OA Switchboard participated in the “Tech-decks” session during the Research & Publishing Forum as part of the London Book fair. This session was about new concepts and technologies supporting evolution and revolution in journal publishing.

Our talk was about "Orchestrating data flow to enable Open Access offerings in journal publishing." The on-demand version is available here.

CCC announcement: CCC and the OA Switchboard Collaborate to Offer Increased Efficiency and Transparency for the Scholarly Communications Community

posted 29 March 2022


CCC, a leading provider of Open Access (OA) workflow solutions, and the OA Switchboard, a global, not-for-profit collaboration between funders, institutions and publishers, announce a collaboration to automate the exchange of OA transactional information between publishers and their customers through the OA Switchboard.

See full announcement here.

Hindawi announcement: Sharing publication metadata to streamline open access reporting

Posted 16 March 2022

"The OA Switchboard has developed quickly over the last couple of years and is starting to demonstrate the real value it can provide to our community, and we are excited to announce that Hindawi has now also successfully integrated with the OA Switchboard. Going forward, this will enable the OA Switchboard to send out notifications on our behalf to institutions/consortia and funders when a relevant article is published."

Read the full blog post here.

ICOLC Meeting Panel

OA Switchboard participates in member-only meeting on 21 April 2021

Updated 21 April 2021 / Posted 8 April 2021


OA Switchboard participated in the ICOLC Meeting Panel during a members-only meeting on 21 April 2021. General information is here, and the ICOLC community can find out more here.

OA Switchboard reaches milestone of 100K messages sent

Posted 4 March 2022

"The more who use it, the better a resource it becomes" by Gaynor Redvers-Mutton from the Microbiology Society, is becoming reality. Early March 2022 OA Switchboard reached an impressive milestone: 100K exchanges of OA publication-level information by publishers to research funders / institutions / consortia! We are proud and grateful for all participants and strategic partner OASPA.

For more information and statistics, see our Participants page.

International Conference on Innovations and Challenges in Research Publishing

OA Switchboard to present a key note (22 February 2022)

Posted 16 February 2022

OA Switchboard participates in the International Conference on Innovations and Challenges in Research Publishing. It is an e-CONFERENCE from Chitkara University Publications, an Open Access Initiative of The Chitkara University.

The full conference program is here.

The title of our key note is: OA Switchboard - a practical tool that thrives on collaboration

2022 Focus: Build on the hard work of 2021 in terms of priorities and use cases

Posted 3 January 2022

On the first working day of 2022, we’re excited to share that the second year of our launch phase will build on the hard work of 2021 in terms of priorities and use cases.

It’s no surprise that our overarching focus will continue to be on: 1) authoritative data from source; 2) interoperability of existing systems; 3) connecting the dots of existing PIDs. All, in our characteristic, well established, collaborative spirit.

What does this mean?

  1. Authoritative data from source: article-level metadata directly from the publisher, via a (technically) validated standardised messaging protocol (no journal-level default values, no myriad of formats, etc)

  2. Interoperability of existing systems: connect via (open) APIs (don’t re-invent the wheel, don’t rebuild what’s already out there)

  3. Connecting the dots of existing PIDs: use of common standards #GRID #ISNI #Ringgold #ROR #ORCID #DOI


Please get in touch to learn more about these topics, and to discuss how OA Switchboard can support your organisation. We invite you to join our community of like-minded spirits on a mission: a breakthrough in the transformation of the market, enabling OA to be supported as the predominant model of publication.

31 December 2021 statistics

Posted 31 December 2021

On this last day of the year we celebrate that we’ve been fully operational for one year. We proudly share our 31 December statistics with you:

84,377 messages were sent by participating publishers to research funders and institutions/consortia via OA Switchboard
(‘messages’ = standardised sets of publication-level metadata).

We’re well underway to deliver on our mission as independent intermediary, connecting parties and systems, streamlining communication and the neutral exchange of OA related publication-level information. In terms of developing and maintaining our central information exchange hub as an operational solution, this is all about shared infrastructure, standardised messaging protocol, and integration with existing systems, powered by Persistent Identifiers (PIDs).

The OA Switchboard is providing a solution for a real pain point shared by research funders, institutions and publishers: the fulfilment of OA publication-level arrangements (policies, mandates, agreements, etc).

In 2021, our stakeholders have built a fantastic community of like-minded spirits on a mission. We’re grateful for our founding partners, launch customers and early adopters. And we very, very much thank Ivo Verbeek and Yuri Vorontsov from our tech partner ELITEX, and Bernie Folan and Claire Redhead from our strategic partner Open Access Scholarly Publishing Association.

Read more in our year-end blog post here.

Three OA Switchboard events at 2021 Open Publishing Fest - for three time zones

posted: 1 November 2021


OA Switchboard will host three 'discussion events' at the 2021 Open Publishing Fest, a decentralized public event that brings together communities supporting open source software, open content, and open publishing models.

The same event will run three times on Tuesday 9 November 2021:

  • at 7am (CET) for our friends to the east of us

  • at 1pm (CET) for our friends nearer by

  • at 9pm (CET) for our friends to the west of us and in New Zealand 

The title of our events is: From toll roads to highways - How the OA Switchboard is building the infrastructure for an OA-driven scholarly communications landscape.

The event will reflect on our journey from idea (2018) to being operational (2021). We'll present our principles and POSI self-assessment, cover tough choices and will share pragmatic solutions. We're happy to share our experiences and enter into discussion with the participants.

Webinars to present the OA Switchboard to the wider community

Last updated 14 September 2021 / Posted 30 October 2020

Webinars are being organised to present the OA Switchboard to the wider community, supported by demonstrations/presentations of real-life use cases by launch customers and founding partners.​

  • Wednesday 8 September 2021
    This webinar focused on the shared use case Matching Publication Costs with Publication Funds that our launch customers and founding partners are currently working on collaboratively. The speakers covered a wide range of use cases, covering all kind of business models (APC-based, non-APC based / diamond, subscribe-to-open, transformative agreements, pure OA/publish deals, etc) and a wide range of technical implementations ('connectors') for data feeds from different source systems.

    This webinar was free and open to all thanks to the support of our host Aries Systems. The recording of the webinar is available here.

  • Wednesday 31 March 2021​
    This webinar focussed on the Reporting Made Easy shared use case our launch customers and founding partners are working on collaboratively. Funders and institutions/consortia would much prefer publishers to report their publication-level OA information in a structured format. This enables data to be fed directly into their own (or their solution provider’s) system for further processing and analysis.

    This webinar provided a practical evidence-based look at how the OA Switchboard is making reporting easier via a series of short five minute talks and use case presentations, with time for questions and discussions following. The recording of this webinar is here.

  • Tuesday 8 December 2020
    The OA Switchboard is a tool that can be called upon as and when needed, or integrated in stakeholders’ own systems and workflows to achieve automation and scalability. This webinar brings together participants from publishers, research institutions and our tech partner to present and discuss real-life use cases. Learn what specific challenge they implement the OA Switchboard for and how a simple communication hub can handle many different situations. The unanswered questions posed by attendees via the webinar chat, as well as the recording of this webinar is available here.

  • Thursday 5 November 2020
    Part of the OASPA AGM will also be given to an update on the OA Switchboard project which OASPA has been leading this year. In this webinar we’ll present a status update and insight into our plans. Also, some of our early adopters will present specific use cases they are getting started with in 2021.The recording of this part of the meeting is available here.

Royal Society of Chemistry connects to OA Switchboard

posted: 7 September 2021

"We recently announced our support for the OA Switchboard initiative, a not-for-profit, industry-wide collaboration among publishers, academic institutions and research funding organisations.

We're pleased to announce that it's now all systems go, with Royal Society of Chemistry Product Manager, Charlie Quigg, saying: "I have to commend OA Switchboard on their approach. They were able to integrate smoothly with our existing systems and setup only took two meetings and a few weeks of work on their side, with no development work on ours. Within hours of going live, multiple participating institutions were notified of published articles."

Read the full announcement here.

SSP 43rd Annual Meeting: Charting a New Course - From Chaos to Innovation

OA Switchboard to present a poster (27 May 2021)

Posted 2 April 2021

Updated 1 June 2021

OA Switchboard participated in SSP's 43rd Annual Meeting (online conference from 24 - 27 May 2021). The full program is here.

The title of our poster is: OA Switchboard, central information exchange hub: Taking charge of multi-lateral OA publication-level arrangements.

NASIG 2021 Conference

Live-streamed OA Switchboard panel (20 May 2021)

Posted 20 February 2021

Updated 9 June 2021

OA Switchboard participated in the 36th annual NASIG Conference (19-21 May 2021) by hosting a panel session. The recorded session is here.

The title of our session was: The OA Switchboard - How a simple, collaborative solution tackles multiple use cases for funders, institutions and publishers, strategically and practically.

UKSG 44th Annual Conference and Exhibition: Online

OA Switchboard lightning presentation on 13th April 2021

Updated 13 April 2021 / Posted 4 February 2021

OA Switchboard participated in this year's online version of the UKSG Annual Conference on Tuesday 13th April 2021. The full program is here.

The title of our lightning presentation is: OA Switchboard: a mission-driven practical solution, that thrives on collaboration.

30th Annual North Carolina Serials Conference

OA Switchboard Lightning Talk on 9 April 2021

Updated 9 April 2021 / Posted 9 February 2021

OA Switchboard participated in this year's North Caroline Serials Conference on 9 April 2021. The conference website is here.

The title of our Lightning Talk is: How the OA Switchboard is building the infrastructure for an OA-driven scholarly communications landscape.

InformationToday feature article: OA Switchboard, central information exchange hub

Posted 2 February 2021

[Editor's Note: If you heard Yvonne Campfens' inspiring keynote talk at Internet Librarian International 2019 all about creating, innovating, collaborating and what we can learn from startups, you won't be surprised to hear that she has taken her own advice and joined startup OA Switchboard as its executive director. I asked her to tell us about this new venture.]

Read the full article here.

ICOLC EMEA Webinar

Posted 15 March 2022

OA Switchboard was pleased and honoured to organise 2-hour webinar for ICOLC EMEA. The following partners joined us in this closed event:

  • Arjan Schalken, UKB/VSNU

  • Frank Manista, Jisc

  • Gaynor Redvers-Mutton, Microbiology Society

  • Ivo Verbeek, ELITEX

  • Marten Stavenga, John Benjamins Publishing Company

  • Richard Bennett, Hindawi

Next steps for Open Access, Westminster Higher Education Forum policy conference

OA Switchboard keynote on 9th July 2021

Posted 24 January 2021

OA Switchboard will participate in the Westminster Higher Education Forum policy conference on Friday 9th July 2021. The theme of the conference is 'Next steps for Open Access' and the full program is here.

The title of our keynote is: Streamlining communication and the neutral exchange of OA-related publication level information - collaborative infrastructure to make the ecosystem work better for everyone.

Outsell Analysis: OA Switchboard addresses an acute need in scholarly communications

Posted: 19 January 2021

OA Switchboard was covered in an Outsell Analysis by Tatiana Khayrullina (Director & Lead Analyst) today, with the title: OA Switchboard Is Ready to Go Live, Addressing an Acute Need in Scholarly Communications.

In the abstract it states: "The OA Switchboard strives to remove technical barriers on the path to OA adoption. Its mission is to smooth out communications among market players, one connection at a time."

Academic Publishing in Europe Conference (APE2021): The New Face of Trust

OA Switchboard opening keynote on Day 2 of the conference

Posted 17 November 2020

Updated 13 January 2021

The OA Switchboard participated in the 2021 Academic Publishing in Europe Conference, as the opening keynote on Day 2 of the conference on Wednesday 13 January 2021. The title of the presentation is: From complexity to transparency: How the OA Switchboard is building a cost-effective collaborative infrastructure solution for an OA-driven scholarly communications landscape.

Our presentation is available here.

NISO Plus 2021

"Collaborate to solve a common problem - OA Switchboard"

Posted 11 December 2020

The OA Switchboard will participate in the NISO Plus Conference, by means of a session on Wednesday 24 February 2021. The title of the presentation is: Collaborate to solve a common problem - OA Switchboard.

The full program of NISO Plus 2021 is here.

Progress report December 2020

Posted 10 December 2020

This post is by Yvonne Campfens, Executive Director of the OA Switchboard

Although many may want to forget all about 2020, I will remember it as a catalyst year, in which inspiring collaboration prepared for the OA Switchboard to go live as an operational solution in 2021. This progress report marks the end of the 2020 OA Switchboard project, and preludes the structural set-up for 2021 and beyond.


Continue reading here

UK collaborates with new body to accelerate global open access

Published 3 December 2020

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)Wellcome and Jisc are among the first organisations supporting the establishment of a new body called Open Access Switchboard.

Full announcement here.

Annual Publishing Conference 2020 (Rave Technologies)
Panel on Cross-Publisher OA Logistics

Posted 17 November 2020

Updated 13 January 2021

The OA Switchboard participated in a panel during the Annual Publishing Conference 2020 on Wednesday 9 December 2020 on facilitating Open Access in a publisher-neutral manner.

Our presentation is here.

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

Published 5 November 2020

Full announcement here

CNI Fall Virtual Membership Meeting (November 10-December 15, 2020)

"From toll roads to highways: How the OA Switchboard is building the infrastructure for an OA-driven scholarly communications landscape"

Posted 3 November 2020

Updated 13 January 2021

The OA Switchboard participated in the 2020 CNI Fall Virtual Membership Meeting by means of a Short Update (pre-recorded video) to be made available during Week 3 (December 1-7, 2020).

The theme of week 3 is: Technology, Standards, & Infrastructure

2nd Basel Sustainable Publishing Forum - The Global Transition to Open Access: Challenges and Solutions

"How did we get here? How to move on? How is the OA Switchboard helping?"

Posted 29 October 2020

Updated 13 January 2021

OA Switchboard participated in this virtual conference on 26-27 October 2020: 2nd Basel Sustainable Publishing Forum - The Global Transition to Open Access: Challenges and Solutions.


The title of the paper was: How did we get here? How to move on? How is the OA Switchboard helping?

The recording is available here.

Our presentation is here.

Progress report September 2020

Posted 29 September 2020

API integration workshop (26 August 2020)

Posted 28 August 2020

We’re now in the middle of the Pilot. One of the topics to prove is that we deliver the basics (standards & essential infrastructure). Specifically for, and with, the stakeholders’ partners, we recently organised a very well attended interactive workshop, about technical integration of the OA Switchboard API with these other systems, value-adding solutions on top, so the ambition of an automated, integrated, scalable solution will be achieved.

-- Questions -- Challenges -- Suggestions --

Watch the brainstorm animation here: Where do you see potential challenges with the technical integration to the OA Switchboard?

Demonstration videos of Minimum Viable Product (MVP)/iteration #6

Progress report July 2020

Posted 30 July 2020

RLUK's OAPP group hosts demonstration of the OA Switchboard initiative

Webinar on 27 July 2020

Posted 27 July 2020, updated 28 July 2020

On 27 July 2020, the RLUK OAPP Group hosted a webinar demonstration of the OA Switchboard initiative. The recording is available.

Demonstration videos of intermediate delivery iteration #5

Demonstration videos of intermediate delivery iteration #4

Demonstration videos of intermediate delivery iteration #3

Posted 24 June 2020

3.1 Compose message

3.2 Read message

Posted 1 June 2020

Announced 4 May 2020

Posted 31 March 2020

Issued 18 March 2020

Posted 31 January 2020

Published 12 February 2019

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