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The Global Sustainability Coalition for Open Science Services (SCOSS)
Newsletter | Issue 3, Spring 2019



SCOSS: an in-depth review
With the first funding cycle well-underway - and if all goes as planned, the second launching this summer, SCOSS has published its first Progress Report. It is based on a formal and thorough review of the pilot project involving the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) and SHERPA/RoMEO. The review was conducted by the SCOSS Board together with representatives of DOAJ and Sherpa/RoMEO. 

The report, which we encourage you to download and read-in-full, covers results of the pilot phase (i.e., funds raised), the organisation, process and structure of the initiative; and governance and operational costs, among other topics.

Global member representation grows with Latin America addition of Redalyc-UAEM
Redalyc-UAEM, a scholarly-led initiative based on a public university infrastructure, recently became SCOSS's latest member organisation. The Mexico-based initiative joins the Association of African Universities (AAU), the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL), the Council of the Australian University Librarians (CAUL), EIFLLIBER and SPARC Europe.

Redalyc was established 15 years ago on the founding idea that “science that cannot be seen does not exist.” Largely funded by the Autonomous University of the State of Mexico (UAEM), Redalyc is an academic project of innovation and technology for the publishing ecosystem and is run by the research group “Difusión y divulgación de la ciencia”. Its aim is to ensure the visibility and strong position of Latin American academic publications primarily within the Social Sciences and Humanities. Parallel to the thinking behind SCOSS, the intent behind Redalyc is for it to function as a system financed by the community it serves. 

Redalyc's involvement with SCOSS is in line with its stance that universities, research centres, researchers and funders must act to address the challenges within the academic publication ecosystem to counter the control of a handful of dominant commercial publishers. 

SCOSS gains three new consortia funders
Thus far for 2019, SCOSS has gained the support of three new consortia: UK Jisc Consortium, with 29 of its institutions pledging; the Consortium of Swiss Academic Libraries, which represents 16 libraries and the Swiss National Science Foundation; and the University of California, which has nine campuses. Collectively, their commitments total 423,000 Euros. 

DOAJ reaches its funding target
Last month, 18 months after kicking off its fundraising programme, the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) reached its funding target to cover the service's operational costs as outlined in its SCOSS application. Eight consortia and 175 institutions/organisations from 18 different countries have committed support to DOAJ. 

Call for participation 
Please contact SCOSS if you are interested in receiving more information on how your organisation or consortium can pledge sustainability funding to our supported Open Science infrastructure services. Also, consider reaching out if you are interested in participating in SCOSS governance and processes. We have some spaces available on the SCOSS Advisory Board if you are a national consortium contributing funding to a SCOSS recommended service. 

Status update on 2nd Funding Cycle
Near the end of 2018, SCOSS announced a call for expressions of interest for services that would apply for funding; 38 applications were received. Following an initial review, six were invited to apply and all six completed the application. The SCOSS Advisory Board has reviewed the applications which will move to a full Board review in June. If all goes as planned, the community appeal for SCOSS funding will begin in the summer of 2019. 

Who has pledged funding as of 6 May 2019 - the full list:
Aberystwyth University (UK)
Aston University (UK)
Australian Catholic University (AUS)
Biblioteca Universitaria d’Università della Svizzera italiana (CH)
Bibliothek der Pädagogischen Hochschule Zürich (CH)
Bibliothek der Universität St. Gallen (CH)
Bibliothèque Cantonal et Univérsitaire de Lausanne (CH)
Bibliothèque de l’EPFL (CH)
Bibliothèque publique et universitaire Neuchâtel (CH)
Blekinge Tekniska Högskola (SE)
Bournemouth University (UK)
Brock University (CDN)
Cardiff University (UK)
College of William and Mary (US)
Consortium Luxembourg (LU)
Council of Australian University Librarians – CAUL (AUS)
Columbia University Libraries (US)
Cornell University (US)
Curtin University (AUS)
Dalarna University (SE)
Dartmouth College Library (US)
De Montfort University (UK)
Deakin University (AUS)
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (D)
Division de l’information scientifique de l’Université de Genève (CH)
Duke University (US)
Erasmus University Rotterdam (NL)
Ersta Sköndal Bräcke högskola (SE)
ETH Bibliothek Zürich (CH)
Florida Institute of Technology (US)
Folkehelseinstituttet (NO)
George Mason University (US)
German Research Foundation (DE)
Ghent University (B)
Göteborgs Universitet (SE)
Halmstad University (SE)
Handelshøyskolen BI (NO)
Högskolan i Gävle (SE)
Högskolan Vâst (SE)
Høgskolen i Vestlandet (NO)
Høgskolen I Innlandet (NO)
Høgskolen i Molde – Vitenskapelig høgskole i logistikk (NO)
Høgskolen i Østfold (NO)
Indiana University Libraries (US)
Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (MEX)
Iowa State University (US)
James Cook University (AUS)
Johns Hopkins University, Sheridan Libraries (US)
Jönköping University Library (SE)
Kantons- und Universtitätsbibliothek Freiburg (CH)
Karolinska Institutet (SE)
King Abdullah University of Science & Technology (KSA)
KU Leuven (B)
Linnéuniversitetet (SE)
La Trobe University (AUS)
Lib4RI (CH)
Linköpings Universitet (SE)
Linnéuniversitetet (SE)
London School of Economics & Political Science – LSE (UK)
Luleå University of technology (SE)
Lund University (SE)
MacEwan University (CDN)
Macquarie University (AUS)
Malmö University (SE)
Manchester Metropolitan University (UK)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (US)
Massey University (NZ)
Michigan State University Libraries (US)
Mid Sweden University Library (SE)
Mälardalen University (SE)
McMaster University (CDN)
Monash University (AUS)
National Library of Sweden (SE)
New York University (US)
Nipissing University (CDN)
Nord University (NO)
Norges Handelshøyskole (NO)
Norges Idrettshøgskole – Biblioteket (NO)
Norges miljø- og biovitenskapelige universitet (NO)
Nottingham Trent University (UK)
NTNU Universitetsbiblioteket (N)
OsloMet – Storbyuniversitetet (tidligere HIOA) (NO)

Princeton University (US)
Purdue University (US)
Qatar National Library (QA)
Queen Mary, University of London UK)
Queensland University of Technology (AUS)
Schweizerischer Nationalfonds (CH)
Simon Fraser University Library (CDN)
Smith College (US)
St George’s University of London (UK)
Swedish Defense University (SE)
Teesside University (UK)
The Open University (UK)
TU Delft (NL)
Tufts University (US)
UC Berkeley (US)
UC Davis (US)
UC Irvine (US)
UC Merced (US)
UC Riverside (US)
UC San Diego (US)
UC San Francisco (US)
UC Santa Barbara (US)
UC Santa Cruz (US)
UKRI – Science and Technology Facilities Council (UK)
UiO : Universitetsbiblioteket (NO)
UiT – Norges arktiske universitet (NO)
Umeå University (SE)
Universita de Bologna (I)
Universitätsbibliothek Basel (CH)
Universitätsbibliothek Bern (CH)
Universitätsbibliothek Würzburg (D)
Universitet i Bergen (NO)
Universitet I Stavanger (NO)
Universitet I Sørøst-Norge (NO)
Universiteit Hasselt (B)
Universitetet i Agder (NO)
University of Alberta Libraries (CDN)
University of Auckland Library (NZ)
Università di Bologna, Alma Mater Studiorum (I)
Université de Lorraine (F)
University of Amsterdam (NL)
University of Borås (SE)
University of Bristol (UK)
University of British Columbia Library (CDN)
University of Calgary (CDN)
University of Cambridge (UK)
University of Central Lancashire (UK)
University of East Anglia (UK)
University of Exeter (UK)
University of Florida (US)
University of Groningen (NL)
University of Guelph (CDN)
University of Hull (UK)
University of Kansas Libraries (US)
University of Liverpool (UK)
University of Manchester (UK)
University of Massachusetts (US)
University of Melbourne (AUS)
University of Miami (US)
University of Michigan (US)
University of Minnesota, Libraries (US)
University of New South Wales (AUS)
University of Nottingham (UK)
University of North Texas (US)
University of Oxford (UK)
University of Pennsylvania (US)
University of Queensland (AUS)
University of Reading (UK)
University of Rhode Island (US)
University of Sheffield (UK)
University of Skövde (SE)
University of Southampton (UK)
University fo Southern Queensland (AUS)
University of Sussex (UK)
University of Sydney (AUS)
University of Texas at Arlington Library (US)
University of York (UK)
University Laval (CDN)
Universität Bielefeld (D)
Uppsala University (SE)
VID Vitenskapelige Høgskole (DHS, HD, HDH, HB, MHS, Diakonova) (NO)
Virginia Commonwealth University (US)
Virginia Tech (US)
Vrije Universiteit Brussel (B)
Western Sydney University (AUS)
Western University (CDN)
Yale University (US)
York St John University (UK)
Zentral- & Hochschulbibliothek Luzern (CH)
Zentralbibliothek Zürich (CH)
ZHAW Hochschulbibliothek (CH)
Zürcher Hochschule der Künste (CH)
Örebro Universitet (SE)

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