Is it free to join Chronos?

Is it free to join Chronos?

We are working hard to make parts of Chronos public and free to use. This will include making the journal finder open to use by any researcher for free. We are also looking at making parts of the data public and free to use for anyone for non-commercial purposes under a CC-BY-NC license.

For funders, institutions, and publishers, there are additional services that are paid for, including compliance monitoring, APC management, invoicing & collection, OA reporting & analytics, and using the Chronos API for custom integrations. The purpose of Chronos is to lower the costs and the model is based on paying only for the added value Chronos provides.

How long does it take to implement Chronos for my organization?

The Chronos implementation is designed to minimize operational process as quickly as possible. We want you to reap the benefits that Chronos provides your organization as soon as possible.

On average, setting up Chronos takes a few weeks. This includes activating your profile on Chronos, adding your logo and some other graphics, setting up any deposit accounts, adjusting any of the workflows, and importing data on your users, organizations, grants, institutional agreements and any desired additional journals that may not be covered already. We also add the publishing policies for any funders, if missing.

Once you’re operational, we work together hands-on to identify any gaps or challenges that are not yet met, and then set the priorities on what to address. This may lead to new functionality or specific integrations, e.g. with your Institutional Repository, a national system, etc.

Is Chronos checking for Plan S compliance?

Yes. Chronos tracks different funders’ OA policies, including funders that are part of coAlition S. The policy defined for Plan S is expected to take effect on Jan 1 2021 and the funders in cOAlition S will still have different policies. However, Chronos is already able to check compliance with all Plan S conditions.

What happens if Chronos is acquired by another company?

In pace with the rapid growth and popularity of Chronos, some organizations are concerned about the possibility of Chronos being acquired by another company. They do not want to be locked in with a (commercial or non-commercial) provider.

Chronos is currently owned by a private Danish company ISSRC ApS, that offers no other services or products than Chronos. Though it is not part of the Chronos vision, it could technically be acquired by any other party. To address any of the risks raised, Chronos is, therefore, ensuring through a license agreement that any organization that joins Chronos will retain the rights to any data associated with their own authors, including article meta-data and full-texts, as well as related meta-data on grants, authors, journals, invoices, APC-amounts, etc.

This means that if the organization, after a potential acquisition, would no longer wish to work with the new owner of Chronos, it’s possible without any charges to get all the data as described, and reuse that with any other system. There is hence no risks to be locked in.

Discussions are also ongoing to make other aspects of Chronos available under a CC-BY-0 or CC-BY-NC license, such as the journal finder and some of the data across all organizations using Chronos. The overall aim of Chronos is to promote open science, and it is in this spirit, we want to share the technology and data with the broader research community in a collaborative way. We want to be thoughtful as we do this to ensure that Chronos can scale its activities to support any funder, institution, publisher, and researcher in a long-term viable way.

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