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The Microbiology Society announces three new initiatives that increase transparency and openness -

The Microbiology Society is pleased to announce three new initiatives that provide article-level metrics of all Open Access (OA) articles published by the Society’s six journals.

Using these routes, the Society is rising to the challenge of providing the data to stakeholders, when, where and however they need, be they Open Access (OA) managers, librarians, consortia managers, funders, those with Publish and Read transformative agreements, those subscribing institutions considering converting and those with articles paid by an article processing charge (APC). The new reporting mechanisms in place from June are: The OA Switchboard; OA agreement management and reporting; and Publishing history tracker.

The OA Switchboard: As community-based infrastructure, the OA Switchboard is an independent intermediary and integrator, connecting parties and systems, and streamlining the communication neutral exchange of OA related publication-level information. The OA Switchboard sends structured article data in standardized (JSON or Excel) formats to libraries. It sends both VoR data sourced directly from the Microbiology Society’s publishing platform, Ingenta, as well as AAM (author accepted manuscript) data indicating APCs for OA articles not covered by, the uncapped fee-free Publish and Read agreements the Society now have with over 100 libraries.

The Society’s connector to the OA Switchboard, combining data from several sources and turning these/that into the standardised messaging protocol, was built by technology partner, Elitex, and moved to the operational stage in June. Direct enquiries on signing up to: Yvonne Campfens, Executive Director,

OA agreement management and reporting: An industry-leading collaboration between Aries Systems’ Editorial Manager and CCC’s RightsLink for Scientific Communications (RightsLink) provides a smooth author journey by powering fee-free and APC-funded routes to OA publication that are seamlessly integrated into the manuscript workflow. RightsLink also offers rich insight for institutions who wish to track OA output and expenditures in a single view across more than 30 participating RightsLink publishers.

RightsLink’s OA agreement management tools are used to facilitate OA publishing agreements between other leading publishers and nearly 1,000 institutions worldwide. Enquiries about RightsLink should be directed to Craig Sender (

Publishing history tracker: As the society embarks on a renewal season actively promoting conversion to Publish and Read transformative agreements, it has also developed a simple and accessible solution hosted on its own publishing platform. Customers will be able a look-up their researchers’ publishing history in each of the Society's journals.

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