Academic Publishing: Chronos Hub, Faculty of Science (University of Copenhagen) and the Royal Danish Library Join Forces to Ensure Compliance

Copenhagen, March 5, 2020 – Chronos Hub, Faculty of Science at University of Copenhagen, and the Royal Danish Library join forces in a new collaborative pilot project. The collaboration kicks off March 31, 2020 and enables researchers at University of Copenhagen to easily identify journals that are compliant with institutional agreements and their funders’ OA publishing requirements.

“In line with the push toward open access, researchers are often encouraged to publish their findings in OA journals but are faced with many challenges along the way. We are pleased to offer authors at University of Copenhagen access to the Chronos Hub Journal Finder for journal identification and selection,” said Christian Grubak, Co-founder and CEO of Chronos Hub. “As part of the pilot, authors can also choose to use Chronos Hub to submit manuscripts directly to thousands of journals and, through the automated publishing process, ensure compliance, pay publication fees, and report back to funders and their institution. 

The Journal Finder Keeps Academic Faculty Compliant
The Journal Finder includes more than 26,000 journals and enables authors to indicate their funding source(s) and for each journal, see if it is compliant with the funder’s open access policies. For each journal, the author can also see what the Journal Finder allows and offers as author choice (e.g. self-archiving rights and type of OA), as well as any specific conditions and APC amounts based on any institutional agreement between the publisher and the university.

University of Copenhagen will get access to all data and analytics on accepted articles in Chronos Hub, and no longer need to go to the publishers’ different OA dashboards – and can monitor their agreements in one place.

”We are very pleased to be part of this pilot with Chronos. Our research staff already have a high number of rules they have to remember in their daily work and increasing focus on Open Access requirements from funding bodies adds to these demands. As such, we certainly hope that the collaboration with Chronos will provide our researchers with an efficient method for checking which journals are the best match in relation to their results and the stipulations of the organizations funding their projects, thus making their lives easier,” stated Inge-Sofie Sørensen, Head of Research & Innovation at the Faculty of Science.

“The goal of this pilot collaboration is to establish an up-to-date web service with just-in-time pre-publication information to researchers at The University of Copenhagen. It is an important and valuable step in the right direction to secure compliance with both current and upcoming funder requirements. We can now gather scattered sources of trusted publishing information in one place to the benefit of informed decision-making for the research communities’ choice of publishing venue,” said Michael Svendsen, Head of Department for Research Support, Copenhagen University Library at the Royal Danish Library.

“Chronos Hub will enable The Royal Library – the National License Consortia to clearly communicate specific negotiated deals with publishers and to possibly strengthen the road towards the goals in the national OA strategy,” said Kira Stine Hansen, Deputy Director and Head of Copenhagen University Library. “In less than a year Plan-S becomes a reality for much funded research and at the same time, Europe is strongly aiming for an Open Science future. This is a huge change to current academic practice and calls for clear communication of high-level information to researchers. We see the collaboration with Chronos Hub as a first step to support research in that direction”.  

About Chronos Hub 
Headquartered in Copenhagen, Chronos Hub is an online platform that meets the need of all stakeholders in the research community: researchers, funders, institutions, and publishers. It enables researchers to easily identify journals that are compliant with their organization’s publishing requirements and helps funders & research institutions manage their publishing mandate compliance and repository submissions while providing unique reporting and insight without the burden of costly administration.
 
About Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen
The Faculty of Science at the University of Copenhagen – or SCIENCE – is Denmark’s largest science research and education institution with 4,000 employees and 9,700 BSc and MSc students in 12 departments and the Natural History Museum of Denmark. The Faculty has an annual budget of DKK 3 billion.
The Faculty’s most important task is to contribute to solving the major challenges facing the rapidly changing world with increased pressure on, among other things, natural resources and significant climate change, both nationally and globally. At the same time, the Faculty must contribute to generating economic growth and, thus, ensure our welfare in society. This must take place in close cooperation with the business community and public authorities, organizations and other universities, both in Denmark and abroad.

About the Royal Danish Library
The Royal Danish Library is the national library of Denmark and the university library of the University of Copenhagen. In 2017 it merged with the State and University Library in Aarhus to form a combined national library. It is among the largest libraries in the world and the largest in the Nordic countries. Copenhagen University Library supports 5000 researchers and 39.000 students and provides world-class services and access to digital and physical information and modern learning- and study facilities.

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