Knowledge Exchange publishes report "Putting down roots Securing the future of open access policies"

The implementation of open access critically depends on infrastructures and services. The study, commissioned by Knowledge Exchange, explores the relationship between open-access policies and services and suggests priorities for action in support of an open scholarly infrastructure. Core services include abstracting and indexing services (e.g. the Directory of Open Access Journals), support services (e.g. SHERPA), repository services and related services as well as underpinning services (e.g. author identifiers). 

The report recommends four priority actions: 

  1. Adopt sound governance structures with greater representation from funders and policy makers, promoting the wider use of crucial identifiers and standards.
  2. Ensure the financial sustainability of critical services, particularly the DOAJ and SHERPA services.
  3. Create an integrated infrastructure for OA repositories based on central "nodes", interoperability across the broader landscape, and increased engagement with the European Commission's OpenAIRE project and the work of the Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR).
  4. Invest strategically in OA services in order to create a coherent OA infrastructure that is efficient, integrated and representative of all stakeholders.