What you told us – responses to our consultation on SCOSS’s future – SCOSS – The Global Sustainability Coalition for Open Science Services

“The Global Sustainability Coalition for Open Science Services (SCOSS) is now four years old. We are delighted that we have been able to support eight extraordinary organisations that provide Open Science Infrastructure in that time. As we grow into the next phase of our development, we have sought to learn more about how people perceive us and the work we do, and where our priorities should lie as we develop a new SCOSS strategy. 

We conducted a consultation to understand awareness and perceptions of Open Science Infrastructure in the sector, and the role SCOSS plays in providing support.

 As part of this consultation, we undertook a survey which attracted over 200 responses. We are incredibly grateful to everyone who took the time to respond to the survey, and are delighted to share some of the results….

When we asked what types of organisations SCOSS itself should prioritise, the responses aligned with the general priorities respondents identified. We are pleased to see that the infrastructures supported so far by SCOSS are well aligned with these choices, and that very few respondents (only four) wanted to prioritise infrastructure not covered by the categories offered.

When we asked which criteria should be used to prioritise support, Interoperability was the most popular option, chosen by 59% of respondents, with Community Governance chosen by 53% of respondents and 45% choosing Global significance. No other options were chosen by more than 30% of respondents, although three, Organizational resilience (29%), Urgency of need for funding (26%) and Innovation of solution (26%), were grouped together as the next three most popular choices.”

DOAB achieves a major milestone | Open Electronic Publishing blog by OpenEdition

The Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB), led by OpenEdition and OAPEN Foundation (Open Access Publishing in European Networks), has achieved a key milestone. After the Global Sustainability Coalition for Open Science Services (SCOSS) named DOAB an international open science institution eligible for community funding, DOAB and OAPEN achieved their funding goal of €505,000 in three years, thanks to financing from 89 institutions in 14 countries. We are grateful to our partner institutions, who have been instrumental in supporting DOAB!

DOAB/OAPEN reaches important funding milestone | SCOSS – The Global Sustainability Coalition for Open Science Services


The Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB) and OAPEN, jointly part of SCOSS’s second funding cycle, has met a significant milestone by reaching its three-year funding goal of 505,000 Euros in about 18 months, despite the COVID-19 challenge. SCOSS and DOAB/OAPEN would like to express their gratitude towards its global funding community of 89 institutions from 14 countries that have contributed to this campaign. Ahead lies now the challenge for DOAB/OAPEN to sustain this crucial financial support from the community.

OAPEN Foundation 2020 Annual Report

In 2020, the OAPEN Foundation celebrated its 10 year anniversary as an open infrastructure service for open access (OA) books, providing services to publishers, libraries, and research funders in the areas of hosting, deposit, quality assurance, dissemination, and digital preservation. The mission of OAPEN to increase discoverability of OA books and to build trust around OA books has been leading us through a challenging year marked by the COVID-19 pandemic.


“SCOSS provides the framework and funding structure, vetting potential candidates based on a defined set of criteria. The most eligible of those that pass the vigorous evaluation are then presented to the global community of Open Science stakeholders with an appeal for monetary support in a crowdfunding-style approach. 

Having successfully supported two cohorts of organizations seeking funding, we are seeking the views of our stakeholders and the wider research community about Open Science Infrastructure, the mechanisms through which it should be supported, and what role SCOSS should play….”

Yes, you MAY! SCOSS social media campaign for Open Science Infrastructures – SCOSS – The Global Sustainability Coalition for Open Science Services

“COVID-19 has adversely affected pledging for the recent SCOSS infrastructures, which is why we have proclaimed May and June as the Months of Contributing to Open Science Infrastructures (OSIs). A social media campaign under the title Yes, you MAY was launched in May to raise awareness about the importance of supporting OSIs. It took the form of a challenge, in which libraries and other organizations nominate each other to show how they contribute to OSIs….”

LIBER Webinar: How can libraries help keep Open Science infrastructure free and independent? | Zenodo

While OS infrastructure has been generously funded for years, without more funding, essential services that many of us depend upon are at risk of service degradation, reduced availability and of survival in some cases. Furthermore, much of the infrastructure run by not for-profits is currently free to libraries. However, how long this free service will last unknown since some commercial publishers are diversifying portfolios. An uncomfortable truth is that budgets are now even more strained, and operational and development costs remain in the absence of mid- or long-term funding solutions. OS not-for-profit infrastructure is appealing to academic library directors due to limited financial support. It is crucial that library directors take a leading role in continuing to provide financial support for OS infrastructure, even in such challenging times.

Libraries across the world have raised over 2.9 million euros over several years for OS infrastructure, supporting DOAJ, Sherpa Romeo, DOAB, OAPEN, PKP and OpenCitations. However, some of these infrastructures are still far from reaching their targets. A few thousand euros can go a long way. This webinar brings together voices from the library community who have committed to funding OS infrastructure from all regions of Europe. They offer their own perspectives on why funding remains so important to them and their organisations. Attendees learned:

About the current SCOSS infrastructures who seek funding,
How institutions and library consortia are financially supporting OS infrastructure,
Arguments for justifying financial support for OS within your own institution.

This webinar is jointly organised by LIBER and SPARC Europe within the framework of SCOSS – Global Sustainability Coalition for Open Science Services, which aims to improve the financial position, enhance resilience, and better ensure OS infrastructure sustainability. Speakers represent OS infrastructures, library directors and consortia who have funded OS infrastructure from different regions of Europe.

Informationsplattform Open Access: Jetzt mitfördern: Unterstützung von DOAB/OAPEN, PKP und OpenCitations über SCOSS

“The SCOSS network recognizes the importance of the three infrastructure services for the global open access transformation and contributes to sustainable financing

The global network Sustainability Coalition for Open Science Services (SCOSS) has been supporting the expansion of an open science infrastructure since 2017 by recommending important non-commercial services for funding every year. The call is aimed at the Open Access / Open Science community with the recommendation that these projects be financially supported for three years.

In the current second funding cycle – which is about to end – SCOSS calls for support for three projects that are of particular importance for the expansion of the OA / OS infrastructure: DOAB / OAPEN, PKP and OpenCitations. We, the project open-access.network, support this call to promote the selected services. All three make an important contribution to the implementation of the global Open Access transformation and sustainably promote the opening of science.

Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB) and Open Access Publishing in European Networks (OAPEN)

DOAB and OAPEN are closely linked: The DOAB increases the visibility and findability of peer-reviewed open access books. It collects metadata and links that can be integrated into their systems by both libraries and commercial aggregators. The OAPEN library, on the other hand, is a repository for freely accessible scientific books. The project works with publishers and research sponsors to set up and offers various services for libraries, publishers and sponsors.

Public Knowledge Project (PKP) 

The PKP improves the quality and reach of scientific publishing by developing, among other things, open source software such as Open Journal System (OJS) for the management and publication of open access journals. The software is used by more than 9,000 magazines. For example, the Open Monograph Press (OMP) platform for books was developed in line with this tool .


The OpenCitations project is dedicated to the publication of open bibliographical data and citation data using technologies of the Semantic Web (Linked Data) and is a founding member of the Initiative for Open Citation (I4OC) ….”

Investments in Open Services via SCOSS The Global Sustainability Coalition for Open Science Services – YouTube

“This webinar, hosted by CARL, CRKN, and ARL on Nov. 5, 2020, presents an overview of the Global Sustainability Coalition for Open Science Services (SCOSS)’s progress thus far, celebrates its successes, highlights some challenges faced, and looks at Canada and the United States’ role in the exciting yet difficult endeavour of supporting and strengthening the diverse and uneven global open scholarship infrastructure.”

CARL-CRKN-ARL Webinar on SCOSS – Canadian Association of Research Libraries

“The Global Sustainability Coalition for Open Science Services (SCOSS) is a network of influential organisations committed to helping secure open access and open science infrastructure into the future. Officially formed in early 2017 through SPARC Europe, SCOSS aims to provide a co-ordinated cost-sharing framework that enables the global OA and OS community to support the non-commercial services on which it depends.

This webinar will present an overview of SCOSS’s progress thus far, celebrate its successes, and highlight some challenges faced, and then will engage participants in a discussion around Canada and the United States’ role in the exciting yet difficult endeavour of supporting and strengthening the diverse and uneven global open scholarship infrastructure….”

SCOSS meets major milestones: DOAJ reaches funding goal – SCOSS – The Global Sustainability Coalition for Open Science Services

“SCOSS has met a major milestone. The Directory of Open Access Journals, one of two Open infrastructure services recommended during our pilot funding cycle, has met its funding goal of 1,370 000 Euros. The drive kicked off in late 2018; over the course of the past two years, more than 216 institutions from 19 countries contributed to DOAJ….”