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ChronosHub modules: Use the end-to-end platform, only some modules, or integrate selected data and capabilities within your own systems.

Journal Finder

The journal finder includes 45,000+ 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 APC or other conditions will be based on any OA agreements between the publisher and the author’s organisation.

The ChronosHub Journal Finder Beta is a community-driven initiative publicly available. Try it here and please provide feedback.

APC & Compliance Management

Upon acceptance of an article, ChronosHub receives the meta-data and/or the invoice from the publisher or the author, and then automatically checks the article for compliance with the funders’ and institution’s policies. Once the article is compliant (e.g. has the correct license, etc.), ChronosHub counts it towards the corresponding OA agreement automatically or carries out the payment of the publishing fees. To facilitate that, ChronosHub can make use of deposit accounts, and manage payments in different currencies.

OA Reporting & Analytics

As articles get submitted and travel through the process until they are published, ChronosHub enables its administrators to continuously have access to all the data and analytics, including outputs per journal, publisher, grant, org unit, subject area, OA type, etc. over time and including all amounts (APCs, discounts, pages charges, etc.) along with dedicated reports for OA agreement monitoring.

Repository Deposits

ChronosHub automates the collection of the Author Accepted version of the Manuscripts (AAM) to facilitate Green OA Management. For any of these articles, ChronosHub can automatically make deposits into the institution’s repository. The institution can also use the ChronosHub API to pull out any information to populate other systems, to unburden the researchers.

Who benefits?

Researchers

The key benefit of ChronosHub is that researchers can focus on their research, and no longer be bothered by many of the current challenges along the publishing process:

>> Researchers are guided on where to publish in compliance with their funders’ and institution’s policies.

>> Researchers can submit their manuscript directly through ChronosHub to many of the 45,000 journals that ChronosHub currently covers and save time by not needing to re-register in any of the journals’ different submission systems.

>> Once the manuscript has been accepted, the researchers can rest assured that it is compliant with the funders’ requirements and that all fees are taken care of for them.

>> Researchers do not have to spend time reporting back to funders and institutions on their publications. ChronosHub has already taken care of it.

Funders

A policy without checking for compliance has a very limited impact on people’s behavior. Funders that want to drive publishing towards OA channels do therefore follow up on the output of their grants. This is what ChronosHub facilitates:

>> Funders can check and reinforce compliance with their OA policies, and truly drive the publishing industry towards more and more OA.

>> At any time, the funders can see the outputs of their grant funding, without requesting any additional reporting from the grantees.

>> Funders that pay the whole or a part of the APCs can use ChronosHub for automating eligibility checks and payments on their behalf.

Institutions

Institutions benefit from ChronosHub in multiple ways:

>> Institutions can make their publisher agreements available through the Journal Finder on ChronosHub to ensure all their researchers are aware of any amounts to be paid and by whom for each journal.

>> Institutions can make e.g. monthly payment to their deposit account on ChronosHub, who in turn processes all the individual payments.

>> Institutions get access to all data and analytics on accepted articles in ChronosHub, and no longer need to go to the publishers’ different OA dashboards for approvals, and can monitor their OA agreements, all in once place.

>> Institutions can access the ChronosHub API to pull out any information on their authors’ articles to populate their institutional repository, finance system, or other internal systems, without bothering the researchers.

Publishers

For publishers, ChronosHub focuses on providing an outstanding author experience:

>> Enable authors to see all the publisher’s journals in one place, and enable a seamless submission into any of the publisher’s submission systems. The authors only need to register once with ChronosHub, and not for each journal.

>> Using ChronosHub as publisher branded submission portal also means that the authors can see journal compliance with their funding source(s) and also see what the conditions are for each journal, based on any institutional agreements.

>> The authors benefit from a seamless license management. Based on the institutional agreements and journal conditions, the authors are presented with the recommended license agreement and can sign it easily directly online. All variants and exceptions can be handled online.

>> Dynamically take the authors through the payment and voucher or R&P quota approval process. It’s possible to manage OA agreements, vouchers, waivers, discounts and invoicing with and without approvals as well as paying by credit card.

>> Comply with the institutions’ requirements of providing approval dashboards, data and analytics on the institution’s publishing activity with the publisher. This also includes OA agreement monitoring.

Technology & features

ChronosHub is a scalable platform provided as a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solution. Some of the key features are illustrated below.

Multi-tenant. ChronosHub offers each tenant (institution, funder, and publisher) its own environment on the platform. Colors, logo, content, and workflows can be specific to the tenant.

Direct submission. ChronosHub serves to automate workflows and is therefore integrated with a multitude of systems, including the most popular journal submission systems, like ScholarOne, Editorial Manager, E-Journal Press, etc. covering many of the 45,000 journals in ChronosHub.

Publication import. As researchers sometimes make their submissions directly to the publishers, without going through ChronosHub, many publishers send information directly to ChronosHub upon acceptance. Additionally, ChronosHub automatically collects information on potentially missed articles and completes the meta-data from the online sources PubMed, MS Academic, Lens.org, Unpaywall, and CrossRef.

Reuse & dissemination. ChronosHub is directly integrated with repositories, pre-print servers, and similar initiatives to increase the dissemination of the publications (e.g. psyArXiv, ORCID, DSpace, Pure, Converis, etc.).

Authentication. Users can be authenticated directly by ChronosHub, ORCID, or through the institution’s login server.

API & Custom Integrations. Partners can use the ChronosHub API to integrate with local systems, including institutional repositories, CRIS-systems, grants management systems, CRM, HR, Finance, etc. This includes all data, such as article meta-data, full texts, invoices, journal and agreement information. It is also possible to integrate many of the actual capabilities under the hood on your existing systems, like submissions, compliance checking, invoicing, etc.

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