We love an origin story and are pleased to share ours with you. In 2016, we partnered with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to build Chronos. Why? In 2014, the Gates Foundation announced its Open Access (OA) Policy to accelerate the impact of its funded research. Chronos was built to encourage adoption of the policy, reduce complexity, and minimize manual work.
While initially built for the Gates Foundation, Chronos was designed to scale to the broader research community to simplify implementation of publishing policies for research results AND address the grantees’ concerns about additional workload. Chronos takes a collaborative approach to support all scholarly communication stakeholders throughout the publishing process. Since the launch in 2017, Chronos is managing over 20 thousand grants, 45 thousand organizations, and five thousand OA articles with over 10 million euros in APCs.
Chronos is a platform that meets the needs of all stakeholders in the research community: researchers, funders, institutions, and publishers. We are part of the effort to revolutionize research communication and transform the publishing process, with a mission to promote open science and maximize automation to let researchers focus their time on research.
Taking a researcher-centric approach, Chronos enables authors to select suitable journals for their manuscript submissions by making funding policies and institutional agreements transparent. Through a collaborative approach, Chronos streamlines the workflow for publishers, funders, and institutions for an effective APC management, funding policy compliance and OA reporting.