Nature Publishing Group Joins OASPA

OASPA is pleased to welcome Nature Publishing Group as a member of the Association.  Last month NPG announced that Nature Communications will go open-access only, offering the CC BY 4.0 license by default.   NPG also offers an open access option for 73 of their journals, with 38% of research articles published by NPG last year immediately open… Read full article >

Second Release of HowOpenIsIt? Guide Now Available

The second release of the pocket-size “HowOpenIsIt?®” Open Access Spectrum (OAS) guide is now available for download and use. This resource is designed to help authors, research funders, government agencies and institutions to determine scholarly journals’ degree of openness based on a standard definition of Open Access. To standardize the core components of Open Access… Read full article >

Presentations from COASP 2014 are now available

OASPA’s 6th Conference on Open Access Scholarly Publishing was hosted by UNESCO at their headquarters in Paris, 17-19 September 2014. You can download the slides from the conference via the OASPA website: Recordings of the presentations will also be made available on this page as soon as they are ready.

Wellcome Trust announces launch of charity fund to support open access research publications

Earlier in September six medical research charities launched the Charity Open Access Fund (COAF) to cover open access, article-processing charges.  Robert Kiley is Head of Digital Services at the Wellcome Library and is responsible for overseeing the implementation of the Trust’s open access policy.  Here he explains what the fund is, how it can be used and… Read full article >

Springer membership of OASPA is reinstated

As was explained in a statement on the OASPA blog in April 2014 (, OASPA’s Membership Committee made the decision to place Springer’s membership under review as a result of concerns that were raised regarding the peer review policies of several of its conference proceedings. The concerns arose because of the publication of 16 (since… Read full article >