- To identify, share and understand the challenges, barriers and other issues involved in Open Access publishing where these relate to publisher processes and practices.
- To address relevant challenges as defined by Reshaping Scholarship, the RLUK Strategy 2018-21.
- To work collectively and with publishers to resolve problems, improve processes and achieve a better understanding on both sides of how best to support our researchers and funders.
- To inform, and receive direction from, the RLUK Board.
- •To share information with each other about the issues we are facing at an operational level when working with publishers, in pursuit of both Gold and Green routes to Open Access through all relevant publishing models.
- To work with the RLUK Collections Strategy Network and Digital Scholarship Network to enable the exchange of information and expertise, as appropriate.
- To develop consistent messages and approaches within the academic library community, to inform and improve interactions with publishers.
- To work together, and directly with publishers and funders, in order to resolve any identified issues.
- To maintain communications with all relevant stakeholders and to share and learn from initiatives and projects.
- To work closely with Jisc Collections on related work, projects, messages and priorities to ensure alignment and to avoid unnecessary duplication.
- To produce reports on a regular basis to the RLUK Executive team and Board.
Out of scope
OAPP will focus on processes and practices in connection with the pursuit of Gold and Green OA. It will not deal with costs, negotiations and related issues (e.g. total cost of ownership) which are being addressed elsewhere within RLUK, in partnership with Jisc Collections.
These terms of reference, the Chair, and group membership, will be reviewed biennially.
RLUK institutions: members should be directly involved in an operational capacity in relevant service areas. The RLUK directorate will also be represented on the group.
Other institutions: by invitation, and where there is particular relevance and value (e.g. members of relevant national projects, role in a related initiative or group, etc.).
Jisc Collections: to represent relevant Jisc projects and Jisc Scholarly Communications Support.
The Chair will be a senior member of an RLUK Library with a relevant operational remit.
The group will meet face to face at least twice a year. Discussions and information sharing will be done electronically as much as possible. Ad hoc meetings will be arranged as required (e.g. with publishers) and will involve selected members of the group.
Meeting notes and papers will be shared publicly where possible. Confidential papers will be restricted on request.
The group will communicate with each other via an RLUK Jiscmail list.
The group will communicate to the Board via written report in advance of Board meetings.
The group will communicate with RLUK members and other interested organisations and institutions as required in order to promote its work, to offer support and to avoid duplication.