The Company of Biologists connects to the OA Switchboard

“The Company of Biologists is delighted to announce a partnership with the OA Switchboard which makes it much easier for our library customers to manage their Read & Publish agreements and to monitor the success of their Open Access (OA) strategy.

Thanks to the great success of our cost-neutral Read & Publish OA initiative, there has been a significant increase in the number of research articles published immediately OA in our hybrid subscription journals – Development, Journal of Cell Science and Journal of Experimental Biology. This is excellent news, but the lack of standardisation between systems, portals and processes has created challenges, particularly in terms of reporting and data analysis.

The OA Switchboard offers a solution. A not-for-profit, independent and industry-wide initiative, the OA Switchboard provides a central multi-publisher hub for the exchange of OA-related publication-level information. It offers standardised and authoritative data for internal and external reporting and purchasing decisions. It also feeds data automatically into existing funder, institution and library systems for further integration, processing and analysis….”

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….”

The OA Switchboard: How a Simple, Collaborative Solution Tackles Multiple Use Cases for Funders, Institutions and Publishers, Strategically and Practically

Abstract:  Yvonne Campfens, executive director of the OA Switchboard, presented an overview of the Switchboard and shared pre-recorded statements from a panel of user-stakeholders: Liz Bal and Jennifer Sanchez-Davies of Jisc, Alex Howat of the Microbiology Society, and Adam Der of the Max Planck Digital Library. Throughout her presentation, Campfens also shared quotes from interviews conducted with representatives of research funding organizations, publishers, and research institutions. The comments from the panelists and interviewees served to illustrate the potential benefits of the OA Switchboard for organizations which are producing, supporting, and transitioning to Open Access (OA) publishing.


OA Switchboard Webinar: Lessons Learned to Make Reporting Easy: source data, PIDs, interoperability and a simple messaging tool

“Join us live for this evidence-based look at how the different stakeholders deal with reporting on OA-related publication level information via a series of talks and use case presentations. We are actively building on the Reporting Made Easy use case that OA Switchboard launch customers and founding partners continue to work on collaboratively.

The OA Switchboard’s overarching focus will continue to be on authoritative data from source, interoperability of existing systems and connecting the dots of existing PIDs. All achieved in our characteristic, well established, collaborative spirit….”

Empower your institution with the Open Access Switchboard | Jisc Research

The Open Access Switchboard is an independent exchange hub connecting funders, institutions and publishers. A global not-for-profit initiative aiming to help the research community transition to full open access and become the primary research publication model. As a neutral and independent intermediary, it will support information exchange as well as help reduce barriers to the open access market and streamline communication. 

Open access is more important now than ever, enabling a shared and transparent infrastructure builds a thriving community of like-minded people. The service allows you to communicate directly with publishers and assist with reporting information all in one space, reducing the pressure on institutions. Built with the Principles of Scholarly Infrastructure in mind to ensure a safe and sustainable future for open research.


From toll roads to highways: How the OA Switchboard is building the infrastructure for an OA-driven scholarly communications landscape | 9 November 2021 | Open Publishing Fest

NOVEMBER 09, 2021, 8:00 PM UTC

From toll roads to highways: How the OA Switchboard is building the infrastructure for an OA-driven scholarly communications landscape

“DISCUSSION event – OA Switchboard is a mission-driven, practical solution that thrives on collaboration. We want the research ecosystem to work better for everyone, such that Open Access is supported as the predominant model of publication. The tool we provide is a central information exchange hub (connecting parties and systems, streamlining the neutral exchange of OA related publication-level information), that stakeholders operationalise in their workflows and systems. We are running it as an industry-collaborative initiative, and financial resources are limited. Yet, we’re committed to a self-sustaining, not-for-profit, business model. This event will reflect on our journey from idea (2018) to being operational (2021). We’ll present our principles and POSI self-assessment, cover tough choices and will share pragmatic solutions. We’re happy to share our experiences and enter into discussion with the participants….”

Royal Society of Chemistry connects to OA Switchboard

“The Royal Society of Chemistry is pleased to announce its support for the OA Switchboard initiative, a not-for-profit, industry-wide collaboration among publishers, academic institutions and research funding organisations

As an independent intermediary, OA Switchboard aims to connect parties and systems, streamlining and simplifying the exchange of OA related publication-level information….”

Engagement with the community is building the OA Switchboard

“The OA Switchboard is live and we’re well on track in the first year of our 2021-2022 ‘launch phase’.


There is so much to share on how and why we came about, how our core principles ensure sustainability, how we’re organised, governed and funded as a not-for-profit, collaborative and mission-driven organisation, how it all works technically, and which funders, institutions/consortia and publishers are involved as launch customers and/or founding partners. The activity and engagement has been non-stop!


To tell our stories, we’ve participated in interviews and conferences, hosted panels, delivered keynote presentations and taken part in poster sessions. We’ve also hosted our own webinars over the last few months. Furthermore, we’ve held regular meetings and deep dive sessions with our Advisory Group, Client Advisory Board and Working Groups, and have regularly reported to the wider community on the outcomes via our blog posts and mailing list.


If you want to read more, view a recording or are looking for something specific, we have now made it easy for you to review our content at a new dedicated resources page on our website. The most recent information on ‘Reporting Made Easy’ by the OA Switchboard is there as well….”