Membership Benefits

OASPA is working to bring together the Open Access publisher community. By joining OASPA, you can help to build a collective voice in support of OA journals publishing, share your experiences with others, and help develop industry standards to the benefit of all OA publishers.  Your membership also entitles you to special opportunities to take part in meetings, discussions and educational opportunities related to developing and sustaining OA publishing models.

In addition to the general benefits of membership, the OASPA Board is currently working with various partners to develop specific member benefits. These will be listed here as they are agreed to, and members will be informed.

The following benefits are currently available:

OASPA has signed an agreement with PILA to establish an Association Sponsored Membership Agreement. According to this agreement, OASPA will sponsor membership in CrossRef for those Scholar Publisher members who are interested in participating.  OASPA will cover the cost of membership in CrossRef on behalf of our scholar publisher members and will pay for up to 50 DOIs per annum. Members wishing to join CrossRef via the OASPA sponsored membership, should contact the secretariat at for more information.

The Scholarly Exchange is a not-for-profit service that provides hosting for OA journals using Open Journal Systems (OJS). The Scholarly Exchange maintains the journal web site, OJS software and performs regular backups of the journals hosted on their system. Use of the Scholarly Exchange for hosting your journal is free for the first year after which there is a $750 (US) charge per year that can optionally be offset by context sensitive advertising income from advertisements on the journal’s web site. The Scholarly Exchange is providing a 20% discount to OASPA members reducing the yearly charge from $750 to $600 after the first year of free hosting. You can obtain the discount after your first year of free hosting by informing the Scholarly Exchange of your membership status.