Copyright Clearance Center Hosts Open Access Forum In London

Copyright Clearance Center, Inc. (CCC), a not-for-profit organization and leading provider of licensing and Open Access solutions, hosted “A Copyright Clearance Center Roundtable: Open Access Publishing and the Role of Intermediaries.”

The day consisted of facilitated discussions preceded by a keynote address from Ellen Collins, co-author of the Research Information Network (RIN) report “The Potential Role for Intermediaries in Managing the Payment of Open Access Article Processing Charges.” Her talk was followed by an Open Access panel made up of experts from publishing and academia.

Highlights from the Roundtable include:

  • Although Open Access publishing is not new, recent mandates by funding agencies have created confusion and a sense of urgency to comply among publishers, institutions and authors.
  • All parties face many challenges related to administering APCs. These include how to define new business models and workflows, the need for education for authors and publishers, visibility to an article’s publication status, uniquely identifying authors and articles with standard metadata, tracking and reporting OA compliance, and finding and implementing a scalable process.

“Managing Open Access fees as part of grant compliance is becoming an increasingly important, but unresolved, challenge for the UK university sector,” said Rob Johnson, Head of Research Operation, Research and Graduate Services, University of Nottingham and panel participant.

“CCC has been offering Open Access solutions via RightsLink for over six years, and we are committed to expanding our solutions to better serve publishers, authors and institutions,” said Roy Kaufman, CCC Managing Director of New Ventures. “We’ll be releasing new functionality every quarter based on market need.”

CCC was recently named one of “10 to Watch” in Outsell’s first Open Access Market Report. Click here for a link to the full report. CCC’s Open Access Solutions include secure tools for managing APCs, as well as color charges, page charges and reprint orders.

CCC’s Open Access solutions also address downstream licensing options. CCC makes it easier for publishers to charge different Open Access fees pre-publication based on variables such as author affiliation or membership, funding source and journal type. CCC also communicates publisher-specific reuse rights post-publication to users seeking permissions for all content, including Open Access articles, and captures valuable data about user interest in and reuse of publishers’ Open Access publications.