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Beyond article-based charges: working group established

13/09/2023

cOAlition S, in partnership with Jisc and PLOS, are delighted to announce the establishment of a multi-stakeholder working group, tasked to identify business models and arrangements that enable equitable participation in knowledge-sharing.

Following an open call for applicants, we received over 60 high-quality applications. After a thorough review process, with a focus on ensuring that the group represents a diverse range of stakeholders who are committed to supporting a more equitable publishing business model, we are pleased to announce that the following organisations have been invited to join the group.

OrganisationRepresentativeStakeholder Group
Bill and Melinda Gates FoundationAshley FarleyFunder
Cambridge University PressMatt DayPublisher
CERNKamran NaimLibrarian / Library consortia
Chinese Academy of ScienceKunhua ZhaoLibrarian / Library consortia
Couperin ConsortiumAdeline RegeLibrarian / Library consortia
eLifeFiona HuttonPublisher
European Mathematical SocietyLaura SimonitePublisher
Howard Hughes Medical InstituteMichele Avissar-WhitingFunder
LIBERRuth MallalieuLibrarian / Library consortia
LYRASISSharla LairLibrarian / Library consortia
Open Access 2020 InitiativeColleen CampbellLibrarian / Library consortia
Peer JNathaniel GorePublisher
SciELOAbel PackerPublisher
Science EuropeBregt SaenenFunder
Beyond article-based charges: list of working group members

The three co-organisers – cOAlition S (Robert Kiley), Jisc (Anna Vernon) and PLOS (Roheena Anand) – will also sit on this group and act as Chair on a rotating basis.

About the Group

In the original call we had initially aimed to appoint up to 12 members, split roughly equally across the three stakeholder of funders, libraries/library consortia and publishers. However, given the strength of the submitted applications, our final selection resulted in three representatives from funders, five from publishers, and six from libraries/library consortia. While we acknowledge that the stakeholders are not equally represented,  we firmly believe that the group is well-balanced and fully capable of delivering on its objectives.

We also sought to ensure global diversity in our selection process, and we are pleased to note that our group includes representatives from Asia, Latin America, as well as North America, Europe and the UK.

The first meeting is scheduled for the 14th September.  As and when outputs are created and approved by the group, these will be openly shared.

We would like to conclude by thanking all those organisations who applied to join this working group. Given the breadth of experience and knowledge demonstrated in these applications, we may well reach out to some of them in the future, either to invite them to specific meetings or to request early feedback on any proposals which we will develop.

Roheena Anand, PLOS
Robert Kiley, cOAlition S
Anna Vernon, Jisc