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Evaluation criteria for OA publishers

This is The Bibsam consortium’s evaluation criteria for agreements with Open Access publishers.

  • In May 2018, the Bibsam consortium steering committee set the following evaluation criteria for agreements with Open Access publishers:
  • The publisher shall follow good publishing practice and should be a member of for example Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA) and Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE)
  • The publisher’s journals should be registered in Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), preferably with DOAJ seal of approval, or other types of authority lists with quality control
  • Articles should be published with a CC BY license
  • The workflow should simplify the administration for researchers and administrators (library staff)
  • The agreement should include a discount on publishing fees
  • The publisher should accept that the agreement text is made public
  • The publisher should deliver monthly and yearly reports on costs per organisation and the consortium in total
  • The publisher should deliver usage statistics according to the COUNTER standard.
  • The publisher should deliver publishing statistics according to ESAC recommendations
  • The publisher should deliver metadata to CrossRef