Thursday 05 August 2021

Principles and standards for OA arrangements between libraries, consortia and smaller independent publishers

From Information Power

Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of cOAlition S and ALPSP, we are seeking expressions of interest from people who would like to work on shared principles, data, licenses, and workflows to underpin Open Access agreements between libraries/consortia and smaller independent publishers. Ideally, we would like a diverse array of people knowledgeable about the topic, who can represent their communities and influence working practices, and who are backed by organisations willing to communicate, champion, implement and maintain the outputs that will emerge from this work.

You can express interest here: We will respond to your expression of interest by 27 August.

Participants will have the opportunity to join one of four working groups or two online events. The options are:

  • Task & Finish Group 1 – to review, revise, and agree shared principles for transformative OA agreements between consortia/libraries and smaller independent publishers.
  • Task & Finish Group 2 – to review, revise, and agree a model licence based on the principles agreed by Task & Finish Group 1 and a mechanism for keeping this updated.
  • Task & Finish Group 3 - to review, revise, and agree a data template that publishers should present to start an OA agreement negotiation.
  • Task & Finish Group 4 – to agree an extremely simple set of minimum workflow requirements that consortia/libraries should expect of smaller independent publishers.
  • Online Event 1 - to focus on the minimum workflow requirements for smaller independent publishers and agree a plan and timetable for implementing these across platforms.
  • Online Event 2 – to focus on future, more ambitious, workflow requirements (e.g., better links between author affiliations, grants IDs, and publications leveraging Wellcome’s investment to issue grant ID DOIs) and agree a plan and timetable for implementing these.

Group 1 will meet for two months beginning in September, and the other groups will meet for three months from November. The online events will occur in February.

Please note that there is real urgency for this work, and therefore we will need to limit the total number of participants so that the groups remain efficient and agile. If we are unable to accommodate your expression of interest in direct participation, you also have the opportunity to receive regular updates on progress if you would like to do so.

More information is online:

Thank you very much for your support, and with best wishes,

Lorraine Estelle, Alicia Wise, and Thom Barnes-Wise

Information Power


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