The Company of Biologists partners with the OA Switchboard
The Company of Biologists is delighted to announce a new partnership with the OA Switchboard.
What is the background?
The Company of Biologists has been committed to Open Access publishing for almost 20 years as we believe that it benefits science. We also have a track record of innovation. Our journals were the first in the world to be awarded Transformative Journal status by Plan S and we were one of the first not-for-profit publishers to launch a cost-neutral Read & Publish initiative.
We are delighted that over 375 libraries in more than 30 countries are now participating in our Read & Publish initiative and that the volume of OA content is also growing fast. However the lack of standardisation between systems, portals and processes is creating problems for us and other publishers, as well as funders and institutional libraries. It is also hampering the transition to OA.
By developing an open infrastructure to streamline and simplify communication of OA data, the OA Switchboard is addressing these issues.
What is the OA Switchboard?
A not-for-profit industry-wide initiative, the OA Switchboard is an independent intermediary and integrator that connects parties and systems and streamlines the communication and exchange of OA-related publication-level information.
How does The Company of Biologists’ participation in the OA Switchboard benefit our library customers?
The successful migration of our journals to the Silverchair publishing platform in April 2021 has resulted in a range of improvements to the admin functionality available to librarians. We also took the opportunity to explore other ways we could improve our service. In doing so, we identified that, by signing up to OA Switchboard, we could make it much easier for our library customers with Read & Publish or other transformative OA agreements to manage and monitor the success of their OA strategy from 2022.
The OA Switchboard:
- provides a central multi-publisher hub for OA agreements
- offers standardised and authoritative data for internal and external reporting and purchasing decisions
- enables libraries to monitor deal compliance across many publishers and confirm author and article compliance
- delivers structured version of record data format (JSON and Excel)
- feeds data automatically into existing funder, institution and library systems for further integration, processing and analysis
- adopts the ESAC standard reporting recommendations
What is the cost? How can libraries participate?
Pricing for institutions consists of a fixed annual subscription fee (based on OA research articles as a percentage of global OA research output) plus a per article transaction fee. See pricing (FAQ question 27).
Libraries can participate or find out more by emailing Yvonne Campfens, Executive Director of the OA Switchboard.