Milestones: Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA) Turns 10 Years Old
From the OASPA Website:
OASPA celebrated our 10th anniversary yesterday, marking ten years of representing the interests of open access journal and book publishers globally.
Founded on October 14th, 2008, OASPA has now spent a decade striving to fulfill our mission to develop and disseminate solutions that advance open access, preserve the integrity of scholarship, and promote best practice, supporting the transition to a world in which open access becomes the predominant model of publication for scholarly outputs and ensuring a diverse, vibrant, and healthy open access market that supports a wide variety of innovative solutions and business models.
Our Executive Director, Claire Redhead, said of our milestone: ‘It’s been a real pleasure to be representing OASPA at this milestone and to have helped the board to develop the organisation and expand the number and variety of organisations involved as members over the years. As the association reaches its 10th birthday, the values of openness and collaboration which were so crucial to the foundation of OASPA are as strong as ever, enriched even further by the diversity of our members and enabling us to continue to provide a valuable forum for discussion of the complex issues facing scholarly publishing today.’
Paul Peters, President of OASPA, commented: ‘As one of the founders of OASPA I am incredibly pleased with the progress that the association, as well as open access publishing more broadly, has made over these past 10 years. Back when OASPA was first established, open access publishing was generally viewed as a fringe phenomenon with little chance of displacing subscription based publishing as the predominant means of scholarly communication. Today there is a growing consensus among research funders, institutions, publishers, and individual researchers that open access will soon become the default model for communicating scholarly research. OASPA has played a key role in building support for open access over these past ten years, and I believe that it has the potential to play an even larger role in leading the transition towards open access in the years to come.’
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