Copyright Clearance Center has launched the OA Agreement Manager, an integrated publishing workflow solution aimed at helping to eliminate the cost and friction from processing funded open access (OA) articles for all stakeholders.
CCC says it recognises that, for OA to be sustainable in the long-term, current methods used by many publishers, institutions, and funders to manage and track funded article publication charges (APCs) must evolve. One-off invoices involve high-touch manual processes, while insufficient metadata leads to poor reporting and a lack of transparency. Even more importantly, reliance on author knowledge of policies, licensing, and payment requirements introduces errors and creates a highly frustrating user experience.
By listening to and collaborating with key players in the OA publishing ecosystem, CCC has developed what it describes as a data-driven, cross-publisher solution that solves these core challenges. The new OA Agreement Manager leverages business rules to streamline and automate OA funding requests, enabling publishers, institutions, and funders to easily coordinate a first-rate author-centric experience.
'To grow and prosper, publishers increasingly need innovative ways to drive revenue growth while minimising administrative costs as their programs scale,' said Jennifer Goodrich, director of product management, CCC. 'We believe that by establishing an interconnected infrastructure built on sustainable principles and standards, the RightsLink OA Agreement Manager can play a meaningful role in ensuring a sustainable future for open access.'
Further enhancements to the OA Agreement Manager are planned throughout 2018, reflecting continued collaboration with publisher, funder, and institutional partners around the globe.