Announcing CHOR Pilot Project with Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST)

We are pleased to share the exciting news of our first agreement with a funJST logoder outside of the US. CHOR, Inc. has signed a Letter of Agreement with the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST), for a six-month Pilot project to explore and support its public access compliance needs.

CHOR-logo-RGBWith public access still very much on the forefront, the Pilot is an example of how CHOR is engaging with funders around the world to develop sustainable solutions. According to CHOR Executive Director Howard Ratner, “It’s a landmark opportunity – the chance to help a major Japanese government agency while it shapes its public access plans. At the same time, it another dimension to the capabilities of CHOR services to monitor and track content reporting on research funded by a major international funder outside the US.”

CHOR and JST will work together to explore ways to improve the monitoring of public accessibility of content reporting on JST-funded research. Our collaboration will improve Japanese funder information in the Crossref Open Funder Registry, enable linking via metadata (based on Crossref funding data) from the Chiba University institutional repository to published articles reporting on JST-funded research on CHOR publisher members’ sites, and develop a customized Dashboard and Search Portal (including ORCID IDs, links to datasets, and more).

We will meet regularly to evaluate progress and determine next steps. CHOR will provide services free of charge to JST during the Pilot period.

Pilot participants include Chiba University, one of the largest national universities in Japan, and a number of CHOR Publisher Members, including Association for Computing Machinery, American Physical Society, Elsevier, IEEE, Oxford University Press, and Wiley. All CHOR publisher members are welcome and encouraged to join the initiative; several more have already expressed interest and will be announced as they sign on

For more information please contact Sara Girard at CHOR, Inc.


The Japan Science and Technology Agency is an integrated organization of science and technology that is establishing an infrastructure for the entire process from the creation of knowledge to the return to society. JST provides funding to achieve innovation in science and technology through creative research and development, maximizes research outcomes by managing research resources on the virtual network, and develops Japan’s infrastructure for science and technology to accelerate innovation in science and technology.


CHOR, Inc. is a non-profit membership global organization that promotes and supports perpetual public access to content reporting on funded research by leveraging existing and emergent digital technology used by scholarly publishing organizations and others in the scholarly community. CHOR’s first service, CHORUS, focuses on published content reporting on US-funded research. CHOR’s 48 members collectively produce the vast majority of published peer-reviewed journal articles.

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