24 November 2020
MDPI Partnering with Institutions, Funders and Publishers for 2021 Launch of OA Switchboard

The OA Switchboard, supported by OASPA through a strategic partnership, aims to be a "neutral, independent intermediary enabling shared infrastructure, bringing transparency, efficiency and cost effectiveness to the open access ecosystem".

Its organizational structure ensures collective control by the involved funders, institutions and publishers alike. The OA Switchboard acts as an intermediary platform between institutions, funders and publishers enabling the action to send-and-receive a standardised message between them.

OA Switchboard is currently in its 'Pilot' phase and will officially enter the 'Launch' phase on 1 January 2021. Over the next two years, the organization will add to the functionality of the platform with open source solutions, to increase the transparency and remove administrative barriers in the transition to fully open access publishing.

MDPI will be one of the founding partners, along with the following other publishers: AboutScience, American Physiological Society, Berghahn Books, EDP Sciences, eLife, Hindawi, John Benjamins Publishing Company, JMIR Publications, Microbiology Society, PLOS, The Royal Society. Among the partnering institutions and consortia are the Max Planck Digital Library, the California Digital Library, CERN and Jisc.

During the pilot period, MDPI was one of the first publishers to implement customized solutions to help institutions keep track of publications and payments through OA Switchboard.

Contact: Aleksandra Cuculovic
MDPI Billing Manager, OA Switchboard 'Client Advisory Board' Member

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