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Journal Finder

The journal finder includes 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 APC will be based on any institutional agreements between the publisher and the author’s organization.

APC & Compliance Management

Upon acceptance of an article, Chronos receives the invoice from the publisher, and then automatically checks the article for compliance with the funders’ and institutions’ publishing policies. Once the article is compliant (e.g. includes a DOI, has the correct license, etc.), Chronos carries out the payment of the APC and any other publishing fees. To facilitate that, Chronos can make use of deposit accounts for institutions, funders, and publishers, and then easily manage payments in different currencies.

OA Reporting & Analytics

As articles get submitted and travel through the process until they are published and start to attract citations, Chronos enables its administrators to continuously have access to all the data and analytics, including outputs per grant, org unit, subject area, OA type, etc. over time and including all amounts (APCs, discounts, pages charges, etc.).

Repository Deposit Management

For any published articles, Chronos can automatically make deposits into PubMed Central, and institutions can use the Chronos API to pull out any information to populate local systems, including their Institutional Repository, to avoid bothering the researchers.

Who benefits?

Researchers

A key benefit of Chronos is that researchers can focus on their research, and not be bothered by many of the current challenges of publishing:

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

>> Researchers can submit their manuscript directly through Chronos to the majority of the 26,000 journals that Chronos 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. Chronos has already taken care of it.

Funders

A policy without checking for compliance has a very limited impact on people’s behavior. To truly drive publishing towards OA channels, funders will need to follow up on the output of their grants. This is what Chronos enables:

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

>> At any time, the funders can see the outputs of their grant funding, without bothering the researchers.

>> Funders that pay the whole or a part of the APCs can use Chronos for automating compliance monitoring and handling any payments on their behalf.

Institutions

Institutions benefit from Chronos in the multiple ways:

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

>> Institutions can make a single payment to their deposit account on Chronos, who in turn processes all the individual payments.

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

>> Institutions can access the Chronos 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, Chronos enables them to:

>> Send their invoices to one single place, instead of to thousands of institutions, and get paid faster. Chronos can also take on the issuing of invoices and collection of payments.

>> Be certain all articles are compliant before they get published, and avoid time-consuming and frustrating non-compliance issues.

>> Comply with the institutions’ requirements of providing data and analytics on the institution’s publishing activity with the publisher, without the need to invest in building their own OA dashboard and monitoring mechanisms of any transformative agreements. In Chronos, it’s already all there.

>> Enable authors to see all the publishers’ journals in one place, and enable a seamless submission, regardless of how many different submission systems the publisher has. The authors only need to register once with Chronos, and not for each journal.

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