National Platform for Open Access Journals
The National Library of Sweden is assigned to create a platform for scholarly journals in Sweden aiming to publish with Open Access to encourage the transition to open science and open access.
The Swedish Government issued a directive in December 2019 giving the responsibility to the National Library to set up and manage a platform for Swedish open access journals. This assignment is based on the recommendations listed in the report Financial and technical support for open access scholarly journals.
Open Access publishing
The national platform aims to facilitate the transition in general to open science and specifically towards an open access publishing system. Swedish academic journals will by this initiative be more visible and available to readers. The platform also guarantees that the journals comply with the requirements set by research funding bodies and international organizations that promote the dissemination of research publications, such as the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ).
A common interface
The platform consists of a common interface where the journal editors can process articles and publish full-text material and metadata with immediate open access. This includes support for peer review and archiving. The platform is based on the open source software OJS (Open Journal System) which is used by thousands of journals around the world, but also for several similar platforms such as journal.fi and tidsskrift.dk.
The National Library will set up and manage the digital platform, but also offer technical support for users as well as guidance when it comes to issues related to academic publishing, such as sound publishing practice and the handling of open licenses. On the other hand, the National Library will not act as a publisher for the journals. It is important that the editorial responsibility remains entirely with the stakeholders, i.e. the editors and publishers.