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cOAlition S appoints Advisory Panel to further develop the Journal Comparison Service


An Advisory Panel – comprising publishers, librarians, library consortia and funders – has been set up to help cOAlition S to further develop the Journal Comparision Service (JCS). 

Specifically, this Panel will review the JCS Frameworks (Information Power and FOAA) and make recommendations on how these might be further developed to ensure that the price and service data is as useful as possible for those who procure publishing services whilst remaining deliverable by the publishers who are asked to provide these data. 

In addition, this Panel will advise cOAlition S on any additional modifications to the JCS service, which would make it more useful to all stakeholders and actively promote its use amongst the relevant stakeholder groups. 

All active users of the JCS were invited to apply to join the Panel. From the applications received, the cOAlition S office appointed those representing different stakeholders in the scholarly communication ecosystem. The Panel will meet for the first time in May 2023.  

The list of appointed members is detailed below. 

Name Organisation Member type 
Lindsay Barnett Yale University  End User [Librarian]
Sara Bosshart  Royal Society of Chemistry Publisher [Learned society publisher – self publisher]
Nicola Cavalli Ledizioni – LediPublishing Publisher [Commercial, mixed model]
John Edwards PLOS Publisher [Fully OA – not for profit]
Thierry Fournier  Université de Rennes  End User [Librarian]
Jack Hyland IReL  End User [Library consortia]
Maria Kolesnikova PensoftPublisher [Commercial, fully OA]
Melanie Lehnert-Bechl  Wiley Publisher [Commercial, mixed model]
Niamh Malin  Cambridge  University End User [Library consortia]
Katharina Rieck  Austrian Science Fund  End User [Funder]
Arthur Smith   Council of Australian University Librarians (CAUL)  End User [Library consortia]
Adrian Stanley JMIR Publications  Publisher [Commercial, fully OA]