The group held its first meeting on the 12th November 2014. Meeting under the name of the Ethical and Effective Publishing Subgroup on Publisher Processes and Practices initially but this was changed shortly afterward to its current title the Open Access Publisher Processes group (OAPP). The purpose of the group was to identify, share and understand the challenges, barriers and other issues involved in Open Access publishing where they related to publisher processes and practices.

Institutions represented at formation of working group

  • Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford
  • Imperial College London
  • Jisc
  • Queen Mary University of London
  • RLUK
  • University College London
  • University of Bath
  • University of Birmingham
  • University of Edinburgh
  • University of Leeds
  • University of Manchester
  • University of Southampton

At the first meeting the group discussed their experiences of processes and information provided to authors for Open Access (OA) publishing, noting what processes they felt worked, were confusing or wrong. The members also compiled a list of publishers they felt should be approached to discuss their current processes for OA publishing. The group were keen to include examples of both good and bad practice amongst publishers and started setting up those meetings.

Read more: Timeline of OAPP Group activities