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What value does the Journal Comparison Service bring for institutions?

A secure, free-of-charge service that enables libraries, library consortia, and funders (henceforth ‘institutional users’) to better understand if the fees they pay are commensurate with the publication services delivered. These users may wish to use the service when negotiating or reviewing an agreement offered by a publisher, or when advising researchers about their publishing options.

Which publishers are participating in the Journal Comparison Service?

Publishes are invited to register for the service and deposit their 2021 data by the 31st October 2022. After this date we will share details of these publishers who are using the service.

How can institutional users register to use the service?

Access to the JCS is open to End Users – typically librarians, library consortia and funders – who negotiate/participate in Open Access agreements with publishers.

The person nominated as the ‘End User Administrator’ for an institution must complete an online application. The online application will require the applicant to provide the name and email address of the individual who is authorised by the institution to sign the Journal Comparison participation agreement and provide an example of an OA agreement the applicant’s organisation has negotiated with an academic publisher. Once reviewed, the cOAlition S office will then send the agreement to that individual for signing. Once signed, the cOAlition S office will process the End User Administrator’s application, and if everything is in order, approve the account.

By signing this agreement, the institution confirms that it and its End Users will not share the Publisher Data with anyone outside of their organisation, nor with any journal publishing department within the organisation.

>> See also: Registration & Access Process: step by step guide for end-users [pdfpng

How can institutional users register to use the service as the ‘End User Administrator’?

Self-registration begins with the potential End User Administrator registering via an online registration form, which the cOAlition S office will review. An institutional user’s nomination will be validated and their account established once:
i) The End User has signed and returned the Participation Agreement.

ii) The name and email address of the End User Administrator matches that supplied by the End User (in the Participation Agreement).

iii) The email address of the End User Administrator is one that clearly belongs to the End User’s organisation.

iv) The End User can demonstrate that they are involved in negotiating Open Access agreements with academic publishers.

When the cOAlition S office has completed these validation steps, the ‘End User Administrator’ account will be created.

The End User Administrator will be sent activation instructions to sign on. Activation is in two stages: an email to the registered email address containing a one-time passcode and when that passcode has been confirmed the second factor of authentication will be sent to either the End User Administrator’s phone or their authentication application. This will also contain a one-time passcode and when that has been entered, then the ‘End User Administrator’ account will be able to login to the Journal Comparison Service.

Once approved, an End User Administrator can invite other end users from their organisation.

>> See also: Registration & Access Process: step by step guide for end-users [pdfpng

How can others in the End User Administrator’ institution register to become Authorised End Users of the service?

Provisioning and credentialing of other users (End User Authorised Users) is the responsibility of the organisation’s End User Administrator. The End User Administrator can send users invitations. The End User Authorised User will then complete the required registration information. The End User Administrator will be alerted when that registration has
been completed. When they validate it, they will be approved and become an End User Authorised User.

>> See also: Registration & Access Process: step by step guide for end-users [pdfpng

How does the Journal Comparison Service work for Authorised Users?

Authorised Users will be able to search by publisher or journal. The information about each journal is provided in a standard format and includes information about the publication frequency, the peer review process, times from submission to acceptance, the range of list prices for APCs and subscriptions. Publishers are asked to refresh the data annually in arrears. So, in 2022, Authorised Users will see the data for 2021.

How can JSC help us evaluate our publishing agreements, as APC costs are no longer relevant to us?

The service provides many data points that will enable you to assess and compare the value of your publishing agreements. For example, the percentage of investment each journal makes in supporting its community and the percentage spent on supporting rigorous peer review and editorial process. You will also find information about desk rejection rates and the average time taken for peer review. You will also find the global usage figure for the journal, an indicator of the reach of the journal.

 


Do you have more questions not answered above? Or feedback to share from using the JCS?

Then, send us a message at info@coalition-s.org, and we will get back to you the soonest.