Open Access agreements: principles and standards

We invite expressions of interest from people who want to be involved in developing principles and standards to accelerate the transition to Open Access. This requires change on the part of all stakeholders, and it is particularly crucial that there is active cross-stakeholder alignment focused on enabling smaller independent publishers to transition successfully. In recognition of this, cOAlition S and ALPSP have asked us to convene groups to work on principles, data, licenses, and workflows as outlined in our recent report.

Would you like to be involved in developing principles and standards? Express your interest in developing Open Access principles and standards at

You will have the opportunity to join an online working group or event. The options are:

Task & Finish Group 1 – to review, revise, and agree shared principles for transformative OA agreements between consortia/libraries and smaller independent publishers.

Task & Finish Group 2 – to review, revise, and agree a model licence based on the principles agreed by Task & Finish Group 1 and a mechanism for keeping this updated.

Task & Finish Group 3 – to review, revise, and agree a data template that publishers should present to start an Open Access agreement negotiation.

Task & Finish Group 4 – to agree a simple set of minimum workflow requirements that consortia/libraries should expect and that are achievable by smaller independent publishers.

Online Event 1 – for intermediaries and platforms wishing to implement to support libraries/consortia and smaller independent publishers with Open Access agreements.

Online Event 2 – will focus on future, more ambitious, workflow requirements (e.g., better links between author affiliations, grants IDs, and publications leveraging Wellcome’s investment to issue grant ID DOIs).

Draft terms of reference are available.

We will respond to your expression of interest by 27 August.

Thank you very much for your support – Lorraine Estelle, Alicia Wise, and Thom Barnes-Wise