“Building on collaborative work in the OA Switchboard community and pilots in 2022, a project was defined earlier this year to take the pilots to the next level and is well underway. Participants in the 2023 project share the belief that PIDs, metadata, standardisation, and transparency are critical in the transformation to open access.
Thirteen publishers are participating, including Cambridge University Press, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press, Company of Biologists, Copernicus, eLife, Hindawi, JMIR Publications, Oxford University Press, Pensoft, Rockefeller University Press, and The Royal Society. These publishers are making content and structured metadata available for advanced searching on names of research funders in all variations known to be in use. Through this additional sourcing, the publishers aim to provide better quality reporting to research funders on relevant publications by sending P1-messages via OA Switchboard in bulk.
The twelve research funders participating, including Austrian Science Fund (FWF), Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI), Dutch Research Council (NWO), Fundación Séneca, Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST), Swedish Research Council for Health Working Life and Welfare (FORTE), and Wellcome Trust. They are interested in the data in the P1-messages and aggregated reports to support the monitoring of policy compliance and development, as well as the fulfilment of open access publication-level arrangements, and the potential of increasing open access and making it highly visible.
The hypothesis of this pilot project is that there is valuable information on research funding, related to research output, ‘hidden’ in the current (eco)system, and that we can get this out and shared with the stakeholders in a systematic way….”