Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing – OASPA

“The Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA), and the World Association of Medical Editors (WAME) are scholarly organisations that have seen an increase in the number, and broad range in the quality, of membership applications. Our organisations have collaborated to identify principles of transparency and best practice for scholarly publications and to clarify that these principles form the basis of the criteria by which suitability for membership is assessed by COPE, DOAJ and OASPA, and part of the criteria on which membership applications are evaluated by WAME. Each organisation also has their own, additional criteria which are used when evaluating applications. The organisations will not share lists of or journals that failed to demonstrate that they met the criteria for transparency and best practice.

This is the third version of a work in progress (published January 2018); the first version was made available by OASPA in December 2013 and a second version in June 2015. We encourage its wide dissemination and continue to welcome feedback on the general principles and the specific criteria. Background on the organisations is below….”

Revised principles of transparency and best practice released | OASPA

A revised version of the Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing has been released by four key scholarly publishing organizations today. These guiding principles are intended as a foundation for best practice in scholarly publishing to help existing and new journals reach the best possible standards. 

The fourth edition of the Principles represents a collective effort between the four organizations to align the principles with today’s scholarly publishing landscape. The last update was in 2018, and the scholarly publishing landscape has changed. Guidance is provided on the information that should be made available on websites, peer review, access, author fees and publication ethics. The principles also cover ownership and management, copyright and licensing, and editorial policies. They stress the need for inclusivity in scholarly publishing and emphasize that editorial decisions should be based on merit and not affected by factors such as the origins of the manuscript and the nationality, political beliefs or religion of the author.


Fully OA Publishers Live on OA Switchboard – OASPA

“OASPA founded OA Switchboard in 2020 and remains a proud strategic partner. It has been wonderful to see the OA Switchboard develop as a truly collaborative initiative and we are happy to share news that a number of fully open access (OA) publishers have now implemented their connection to 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. The born OA publishers now connected include AboutScience, Beilstein-Institut, Copernicus, eLife, Hindawi, JMIR Publications and PLOS. …”


“OASPA has introduced a new supporter category for organisations and individuals who are supportive of OASPA’s mission and open access goals, but do not fit into our membership categories as they are not themselves publishing or specifically enabling OA publishing to happen. We know that there is a significant and growing community who support our work and are interested in our events and activities.

OASPA is a small organisation funded solely by membership dues, conference registration funds and event sponsorship. These funds have enabled us to run a broad program of activities, to continue to build our community around open scholarship, to be responsive to community questions and needs, and to focus our efforts on the important work to realise OASPA’s mission. You can read more about our recent activities and our funding in this blog post.

We wish to engage more closely with organisations and individuals doing work that fits with our mission and to work with and learn from each other so have enabled this new way to support our work and connect with others working in open scholarship….”

OASPA Announces Launch of New Supporter Membership Category

Membership expanded to non-publisher organisations and individuals to broaden open scholarship discussion with additional perspectives

Today OASPA launches a new way to advance open scholarship: Supporter Membership. In commitment to its mission goal to convene community stakeholders to share experiences, discuss problems and identify opportunities in the advancement of open access; and in recognition of the diversity of stakeholders invested in open access, OASPA has launched this new membership category.


Webinar: Normalizing Open Research practices via grassroots community-building – OASPA | June 29, 2022

“OASPA is pleased to announce our next webinar which will focus on the ways in which researchers and scholars are normalizing Open Research practices via grassroots community-building. We will hear from four speakers from different regions who will relate what has worked in their specific communities, quick wins and slow wins, and what they recommend for other members of the community (whether other researchers, or publishers and librarians).”

OASPA Webinar: Shadow Libraries and Access to Knowledge: Origins, Policies, Legality, and Accessibility, May 12, 2pm (BST)

Large segments of the scholarly literature, both from backlist catalogues and new publications, continue to be only accessible behind paywall infrastructures. This poses a challenge to those scholars not affiliated with well funded research institutions, in particular in the Global South, exacerbating extant inequities. At the same time, the often cumbersome user interfaces of paywall-protected platforms continue to prevent efficient usage by researchers who do happen to have access to these materials. As a result, an ecosystem of so-called “shadow libraries” has evolved, developing different strategies to make closed content accessible to a wide scholarly public. Contrary to for example the music and movie industries, the academic publishing industry has been unable to formulate a platform solution that would provide an alternative. This OASPA webinar will address the origins and architecture of these forms of widely used online repositories, their position in relation to Open Access policies, legal aspects in terms of copyright and fair use, and what they can teach us in terms of accessibility. The webinar will be chaired by Vincent W.J. van Gerven Oei (punctum books) and we welcome panelists Arul George Scaria (National Law University Delhi), Martin Paul Eve (Birkbeck), Marcell Mars (Memory of the World, Pirate Care) and Balász Bodó (University of Amsterdam). Please join us live for this free webinar and contribute to the discussion and please share within your networks.

Claire Redhead: The argument for open access to all scholarship has never been more relevant

“Claire Redhead is one of the leading international open access advocators. She is heading Open Access Scholarly Publishing Association (OASPA) as its Executive Director. Prior to this, she was a Membership and Communications Manager at OASPA and worked for over two decades in academic publishing. With such a rich experience, her leadership role in the growing open access movement has been acknowledged as key to the rapid growth and expansion of open access throughout the global scholarly community.

In this interview for Open Interview with Santosh C. Hulagabali, Redhead talks exclusively on the recent trends and developments in global open access movement. She shares her humble beginning in publishing and open access fields and also her insights in further building OASPA for achieving its cause. She candidly shares her thoughts on some significant key changes, developments and indicators in open access publishing practices in the light of her experiments and professional practices at OASPA….”

Webinar: Making reporting easy and increasing visibility of open access publication output – a how-to webinar from OA Switchboard publisher participants – OASPA

“Join us live for three publisher case studies on how to connect to OA Switchboard to make reporting easy and increase visibility of OA publication output. Our speakers will cover 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 will add background information and best practices across all publishers operational on OA Switchboard, as well as with future trends that are shaping….”

We’re hiring! New opportunity for a Program Manager at OASPA – OASPA

“We are looking for someone passionate about open access to join our team!  The OASPA Program Manager will be responsible for leading a range of activities that directly support OASPA’s mission, including convening committees and working groups at the board and member level, identifying promising new initiatives, developing projects, and contributing to community initiatives on open access….”

Welcoming DOAB as an OASPA member – OASPA

We recently welcomed DOAB (Directory of Open Access Books) as an OASPA member in the Supporting Services and Infrastructure (Non-Commercial) category. DOAB joins 190 OASPA members and more than 30 others in the  supporting services and infrastructure category that provide significant services and/or support to open access publishing.  

We asked Tom Mosterd, Community Manager, a few questions so we could learn more about the organisation and its connection to open scholarship and decision to become an OASPA member. 

Welcoming DOAB as an OASPA member | OASPA

We recently welcomed DOAB (Directory of Open Access Books) as an OASPA member in the Supporting Services and Infrastructure (Non-Commercial) category. DOAB joins 190 OASPA members and more than 30 others in the  supporting services and infrastructure category that provide significant services and/or support to open access publishing.  

We asked Tom Mosterd, Community Manager, a few questions so we could learn more about the organisation and its connection to open scholarship and decision to become an OASPA member.

Policy into Action: the UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science under the spotlight – actions for publishing

“OASPA is pleased to announce our next webinar which will focus on the UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science ( and the practical actions open access editors and publishers take to implement them. Practical guidelines for open access publishers will be discussed and co-developed together during and after the webinar.

We welcome our speakers:
Ana Persic who will present the UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science and its connections to scholarly publishing,
Roheena Anand from PLOS,
Krzysztof Siewicz from the Polish Library of Science and;
Raoul Kamadjeu from the Pan African Medical Journal, who will share their approaches to implementing the UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science.

The panellists will each speak for 12 minutes, and then we will open it up to questions from the audience and discussion on the practical steps that publishers take. The webinar will be chaired by Iryna Kuchma, EIFL….”