ChronosHub provides a one-stop-shop for a publisher's open access management needs to make the process easier and more transparent for authors.
Our services for publishers include pre-submission journal selection, including funding compliance and agreement eligibility checking, post-acceptance license management, Open Access Processing & Approvals, APB Billing & Collection, and of course, reporting.
Funder compliance & OA agreement checker
The Journal Finder lists the publisher’s journals in a branded environment, including publishing options, APCs, and links to additional information. Authors can search the journals, and filter results based on subject categories, license, embargo, or journal list. After funder and institutional selection, the Journal Finder flags compliant journals and shows any open access agreement conditions, including vouchers and discounts. Integrations can be set up with publisher’s peer review systems, to allow the Journal Finder to be used as a submission portal.
License agreement management made easy
The platform assists the author in accepting the suggested license, and signing the agreement online,. The platform also manages license change requests which can be managed by journal editorial staff in the platform.
Determine the correct invoice amount and recipient
For articles with APCs attached, ChronosHub checks the Open Access agreements and any special conditions set by the publisher to determine the final invoice amount and displays this to the other. Waivers, discounts and vouchers are automatically applied before sending the invoice or approval request to the right receiver. Funders and institutions or consortia can approve invoices in the approval dashboard.
Issue invoices and collect payments from authors, institutions, and funders
Publishers can use ChronosHub for issuing invoices to the correct party based on agreements and policies, or charge by credit card, and collect payments in multiple currencies. The invoicing process is customizable to meet needs and existing workflows, and often includes integrations with CRM, finance and production systems. The APC Collection can include hasing payment with automated email reminders, and reconciliation of the accounts, if required.
Continuous access to data and reporting, for you and your customers
Publishers can get access to reports for monitoring outputs, payments and OA agreements. The dashboard provides all platform data, and it’s possible to run a variety of reports. Access can also be given to a publisher's customers, so they can view all of their affiliated research output with this publisher.
We are constantly looking for ways in which we can make the pathway to publishing easier for authors and support their open journey. This is one way in which we can remove some of the time and complexity that otherwise burdens the researchers’ already busy lives. We are committed to making routes to publishing more accessible and simpler, promoting discoverability and opening up opportunities for more voices to be heard within the research ecosystem, and this partnership with ChronosHub is a great step along this journey.
We are regularly evaluating ways to ease the path to publication for our authors and improve their experience with Open Access. With ChronosHub, we can support the different Open Access business models in a flexible way and ensure access to all the data and analyses that authors and their institutions need. It also allows us to successfully continue to strive for our “Open for Open” principle.
The video case study highlights the key challenges Emerald Publishing, and certainly most publishers, are facing in their efforts to transition to Open Access. The focus is on unburdening researchers and ensure an optimal author experience along the end-to-end publishing workflow.