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CRKN announces assessment guidelines for OA publishers -

CRKN’s Content Strategy Committee (CSC) has shared its Assessment Guidelines for Open Access (OA) Publishers. These guidelines outline criteria for the financial sustainability, academic quality, and operational practices under which open access models and resources proposed by vendors and publishers will be assessed. The CSC will use the guidelines during negotiations to assess whether proposals from vendors and publishers meet member goals and objectives on open access.

Following the publication of CRKN’s updated Licensing Principles in 2021, the CSC identified the need for a set of guidelines to support their assessment of open access proposals from content providers outside of the traditional subscription environment (for example, Subscribe to Open, Diamond OA, OA infrastructure and services). With the increasing number of open access models and providers, and with the goal of ensuring that new and existing open-access agreements are aligned with CRKN’s member-driven strategic plan and Licensing Principles, this set of guidelines will assist CRKN in assessing and prioritizing collective support for OA opportunities.

To lead the development of the assessment guidelines, a sub-group of CSC members (Alison Ambi – Memorial University of Newfoundland; Ian Robson – Queen’s University) was struck and was augmented by the addition of Scholarly Communication Librarians from CRKN member institutions (DeDe Dawson – University of Saskatchewan; Lindsey MacCallum – Mount Saint Vincent University). The sub-group conducted both an environmental scan of similar work that has been undertaken at other consortia and institutions, as well as a survey of CRKN members that was undertaken in 2021. The results of the survey were shared with members at the 2021 CRKN Conference and formed the basis of the guidelines that have now been approved and adopted by the CSC.

The Assessment Guidelines for Open Access Publishers are available on the CRKN website.

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