RLUK Open Access Publisher Processes Group (OAPP)
The group formed in 2013/14, when publishers were developing new processes and deals associated with Gold Open Access (OA), and were seeking feedback on new proposals and existing practices from institutions with large RCUK block grants. It was agreed that a RLUK group focussing on the challenges, barriers, and other issues in relation to publisher OA practices and processes would provide an effective and coordinated means of providing community feedback.
The group comprises a maximum of 14 members. Limiting its size in this way enables agility, stimulates member engagement, supports rapid consensus and allows for productive interaction with publishers. We have included a representative from Jisc in recognition of their extensive work in this area and to ensure consistence across the sector.
While the primary focus of the group has been paid-for Gold OA we have not excluded Green OA from discussions where appropriate because a key aim has been to engage with publishers on transparency of policy information, and that has to include Green and Gold.
The group aims to meet twice a year. Outside of formal meetings most communication is conducted through a Jiscmail distribution list and discussions with publishers normally take place at scheduled face-to-face meetings.