PLOS and OA Switchboard Announce Partnership

NISO Member News

San Francisco, CA | July 22, 2022

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.

“Our organization is an independent and industry-wide initiative that provides a central hub for stakeholders to exchange OA-related publication-level information,” said Yvonne Campfens, Executive Director, OA Switchboard. “We are excited that PLOS is now connected to the practical tool that they’ve helped shaping, as PLOS recognized the importance of a community-led collaborative initiative from day 1.”

“The standardization between systems, portals and processes that the OA Switchboard provides will allow PLOS to share increasingly valuable reporting and data analysis with our institutional partners,” said Randy Townsend, Director of Publishing Operations, PLOS. “We are excited to enhance transparency in OA publishing with the ability to immediately share article metadata directly, upon publication, with our community.”

PLOS has recently launched five new journals and we are not yet done. The integration of the OA Switchboard into our workflows is scalable for all our new and legacy journals.