January 25, 2022

CHORUS Signs Letter of Agreement with U. of Florida and Scopus (Increasing US Funder Public Access Compliance Pilot)

From a Joint Announcement:

CHORUS is pleased to announce a pilot initiative to help the academic community effectively comply with the US Funder Public Access requirements. CHORUS signed a letter of agreement with the University of Florida (UF) and Scopus to explore how our services can be extended to institutions to monitor and increase the rate of compliance. CHORUS and Scopus are providing their services free of charge to participating institutions for the pilot’s duration, which is scheduled to run through January 2017.

Building on an initiative already underway between UF and Elsevier, CHORUS’ participation enables scaling it up to a multilateral, industry effort. “The collaboration will lead to the creation of a standardized process to associate funders and institutions with published content and monitor it for public-access compliance,” said CHORUS executive director Howard Ratner. “We intend to develop better interoperability between funder, publisher, and university systems and minimize duplication of effort and expense through the application of widely used standards, services, and best practices.”

The prologo-collage-institutional-pilot2ject will design and test a workflow to identify articles written by UF staff, faculty, and students and published by CHORUS publisher members.  The article metadata will be ingested into the CHORUS service, which associates the article with the US federal agencies that funded the research using the Crossref Open Funder Registry. UF will then link to the full text on member publishers’ sites via the DOI. CHORUS will develop institutional dashboards to aid the institution with tracking and reporting compliance. CHORUS audits each article for public accessibility, availability of reuse licenses, and perpetual archive and preservation arrangements, and reports on the status in dashboards.

Several CHORUS publisher members are participating in the pilot, including American Chemical Society, American Physical Society, Association for Computing Machinery, Elsevier, The Rockefeller University Press and Wiley.

Pilot participants will meet regularly to evaluate progress and determine next steps after the pilot concludes, which may include further development, an ongoing service customized for institutional needs, and adding more academic institutions and publishers. Participants may also explore related metadata, identifier, and compliance initiatives and map future interactions as part of their collaboration.

Direct to Full Text of Announcement (Includes Comments from Dr. Alicia Wise, Director of Access and Policy, Elsevier & Judith Russell Dean of Libraries, University of Florida)

See Also: PROJECT MENTIONED in the Announcement:University of Florida (UF) and Elsevier Launch Pilot Project to Maximize Reach, Use of UF Research Articles (May 19, 2016)

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.