The winds of change in STM publishing

The European Commission announced Friday (May 6th) that it will hold a public hearing on May 30th as part of preparations for a new Communication and Recommendation to be adopted by end of 2011 on access to and preservation of scientific information in the digital age. Upon receiving the invitation to join this meeting and present OASPA’s views, I could not help but reflect upon how much the open access publishing landscape has changed since the Commission presented its first Communication on scientific information in the digital age at a public meeting in February 2007. Continue reading

OASPA Agreement with CrossRef on behalf of Scholar Publishers

OASPA is pleased to announce that we have come to an agreement with CrossRef  on an Association-sponsored membership on behalf of our scholar publishers. The agreement enables our scholar publisher members to register Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) without needing to become individual members of CrossRef. All scholar publisher members of OASPA may now register up to 50 DOIs per year, at no charge. Continue reading

Launching the OASPA Showcase for Open Access Week 2010

To mark Open Access Week in 2010, OASPA is launching a series  of presentations about open-access projects and journals – the OASPA Showcase.  These will be  freely available and will form a valuable resource for teaching and learning  about successes in open-access publishing.  We are particularly interested  to focus on projects that might not be so well known outside of their immediate  communities, and where the experience might be broadly relevant for open-access  publishing.  We would be delighted to receive suggestions for future  presentations. Continue reading

OASPA welcomes the International Union of Crystallography and Springer

28 June 2010: OASPA welcomes two new members to the organization this month- the International Union of Crystallography (IUCr) and Springer.

The learned society publisher IUCr publishes a total of eight peer reviewed journals, one of which is the highly popular open access title, Acta Crystallographica Section E. The journal has been open access since the start of 2008 and publishes approximately 4500 articles per year. Continue reading

ANNOUNCING: 2nd Conference on Open Access Scholarly Publishing, 22-24 August, 2010

Following the success of our inaugural conference last September, the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association, OASPA (, is pleased to announce that registration is now open for the 2nd Conference on Open Access Scholarly Publishing, which will be held in Prague from 22-24 August 2010. The conference is directed towards the interests of professional publishing organizations, independent publishers and university presses, as well as librarians, university administrators, and other stakeholders. Continue reading

OASPA assessment of new applications and complaints procedures

This post is written in light of recent discussions and questions raised about OASPA’s membership criteria and how OASPA screens applicants prior to their joining the organization. In the interests of both our members and the scholarly community, we would like to describe our application procedure here as well as the guidelines we have now adopted for handling reports of misconduct in relationship to our Code of Conduct. We have posted the same information on our web site. Continue reading

OASPA’s response to the OSTP’s request for public comment on Public Access Policies for Science and Technology Funding Agencies Across the Federal Government

This comment is submitted on behalf of the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association, OASPA. OASPA is a membership organization for scholarly publishers engaged in Open Access scholarly journal publishing (see Our membership includes recognized non-profit organizations such as the Public Library of Science (PLoS), University Presses such as Utrecht University Library, Igitur, for-profit publishers such as Continue reading