How the OA Switchboard fits into the ecosystem (PART 3/THE PUBLISHER)

“Academic publishers vary greatly in origin and purpose: learned societies, university presses, not-for-profit institutions, scholar-led initiatives, family-owned businesses, large (public) companies and more. A historical overview worth a read is here.


Publishers’ open access strategies and business models become more prevalent, increasingly complex and diverse (subscriptions, APC-based, diamond, through collective, community or institutional funding, for example). What do publishers do to navigate the open access research and publishing maze and how does OA Switchboard practically support them in this?…”

How the OA Switchboard fits into the ecosystem (PART 2/THE INSTITUTION)

“Following on from our previous post, here we focus specifically on the relevance of the OA Switchboard to the stakeholder group ‘institutions’.

?What institutions gain by partnering with the OA Switchboard

Institutions receive publication metadata from publishers in different ways (that also often change) which leads to complex technical integrations and increased manual handling. The OA Switchboard ‘message hub’ simplifies the sharing of information, and delivers data quickly and clearly.


What’s in it for institutions?


Two use cases:

Reporting Made Easy

Matching Publication Costs with Publication Funds

Consistent data format from multiple publishers

Reduce (manual) efforts and increase efficiency

Because it’s the right thing to do…


For the ‘reporting made easy’ use case this means:

Structured data (Excel or JSON) and a standardised protocol providing data in a consistent format across publishers. Support the ease of integration with your systems.

Authoritative data from source, leveraged with persistent identifiers (PID’s) e.g. DOI’s, ORCID and ROR id’s.

Notifications are pushed instantaneously upon publication, via one API, across multiple publishers.

A safe space for publication metadata: independently managed, shared infrastructure that allows for the transparent exchange of data….”

How the OA Switchboard fits into the ecosystem with collaboration and transparency built-in (PART 1)

“As research funders and institutions are expanding open access requirements, and business models become increasingly complex and diverse, how do stakeholders navigate the open access research and publishing maze??

How do publishers support a smooth and compliant author journey and report on open access publication output?

How do funders demonstrate the extent and impact of their research funding and deliver on their commitment to open access?

How do research institutions, and their libraries, connect with their research and simplify their workflows?

The OA Switchboard is a mission-driven, community led initiative designed to simplify the sharing of information between stakeholders about open access publications throughout the whole publication journey. It provides a standardised messaging protocol and shared infrastructure that is designed to operate and integrate with all stakeholder systems, and can help with these challenges above. It is built by and for the people who use it, and is leveraged with existing PIDs.?

Who are these stakeholders, systems and identifiers, and how do we fit into the overall open access (OA) publishing ecosystem?


This post, the first in a series to answer that question, is about the ‘intermediary’ concept….”

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. …”

PLOS and OA Switchboard Announce Partnership – The Official PLOS Blog

“The Public Library of Science (PLOS) and the OA Switchboard today announced a partnership that will enable PLOS to better manage its Open Access publishing agreements with institutions, while also providing greater transparency and metadata to our stakeholders, including consortia, libraries and funders.

PLOS was part of the founding working group that sought to tackle the challenge of supporting funder policies, realizing agreements and developing new business models to support a broader move to Open Access (OA) publishing, and the result was the OA Switchboard which was launched in 2020 by the Open Access Scholarly Publishing Association (OASPA) to serve OA publishers, research institutions and funders alike….”

OA Switchboard 2022 mid-year review: Collaboration drives growth and progress

“We’re happy to report on the huge amount of progress made so far as we reflect on how things are looking halfway through the second year of our 2021-2022 launch phase.


Our blog post OA Switchboard one year live: Community, collaboration, and delivering on the promise of PIDs detailed our achievements in 2021, the lessons learned from the first year of our launch phase and considered what is next on our agenda.

As we celebrated being fully operational for one year, we also proudly shared our end of year statistics: 84,377 messages were sent by participating publishers to research funders and institutions/consortia via the OA Switchboard (‘messages’ = standardised sets of publication-level metadata)….”

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….”