OA Switchboard and ChronosHub

OA Switchboard and ChronosHub

We are pleased to continue our engagement through the Advisory Group and supporting the OASB also in its new Stichting format. We look forward to the next steps in the collaboration with the joint aim to streamline the publishing processes for researchers, institutions, funders and publishers. As we are asked by many how the OASB relates to ChronosHub, we take the opportunity to highlight that we see the OASB as highly complementary to ChronosHub. If the OASB has integrations with many publishers’ APIs, that can potentially reduce the need for us to maintain some of these direct integrations. We are also able for the ones that desire, to send messages through the OASB on behalf of any of the funders, institutions and publishers that work with ChronosHub when processing their articles for compliance, APCs, repository deposits and reporting.

Is it free to join ChronosHub?

We are working hard to make parts of ChronosHub 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 ChronosHub API for custom integrations. The purpose of ChronosHub is to lower the costs and the model is based on paying only for the added value ChronosHub provides.

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

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

On average, setting up ChronosHub takes a few weeks. This includes activating your profile on ChronosHub, 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 ChronosHub checking for Plan S compliance?

Yes. ChronosHub 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, ChronosHub is already able to check compliance with all Plan S conditions.

What happens if ChronosHub is acquired by another company?

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

ChronosHub is currently owned by a private Danish company ISSRC ApS, that offers no other services or products than ChronosHub. Though it is not part of the ChronosHub vision, it could technically be acquired by any other party. To address any of the risks raised, ChronosHub is, therefore, ensuring through a license agreement that any organization that joins ChronosHub 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 ChronosHub, 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 ChronosHub 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 ChronosHub. The overall aim of ChronosHub 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 ChronosHub can scale its activities to support any funder, institution, publisher, and researcher in a long-term viable way.

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