October Progress Report

Open for Public Access

October marks the one year anniversary of when the Department of Energy’s public access plan went into effect.  CHORUS is celebrating #oaweek by continuing our work, which advanced significantly this month. We’re pleased to report that ten publisher members have now fully implemented CHORUS, and are providing public access to the best available versions of articles reporting on federally funded research post embargo.  As of this writing, CHORUS monitors over 171,000 articles for public access and long-term availability, more than 32,000 of which are already freely available to the public (see current statistics, which increase daily).

Open for Collaboration

Substantial investments made by the scholarly community over the past 15 years — in organizations like CrossRef and their FundRef service, ORCID, CLOCKSS, Portico, manuscript tracking systems, publisher platforms, and more — have created an open, interoperable, and scalable communications infrastructure to support the scholarly research cycle. CHORUS builds on this framework by integrating existing systems, services, and open APIs with new systems, services, and our own open APIs.

CHORUS’ Agency Dashboard open API now allows users to query our system to obtain all of the metadata contained in our public Agency Dashboards.  Our new Find CrossRef FundRef ID — US Agencies tool makes finding the CrossRef FundRef IDs for US funding agencies convenient and easy.

Open for Membership

CHORUS is now offering Publisher Dashboards as a no-cost members-only service so you can keep track of your organization’s public-access compliance. When you take advantage of this new service, we will create a customized dashboard that provides a confidential view of CHORUS audit results for public access, license terms availability, and long-term preservation arrangements for your content in our system.  The Publisher Dashboards provide both aggregated data and a path to the actual articles, and are updated daily.

CHORUS is accepting membership applications for 2016.  It’s a perfect time to join and show your support of broad-based public access and solutions that are sustainable for all of the major stakeholders in the scholarly publishing ecosystem.  Please get in touch, ask questions or make a suggestion… even challenge us! We truly believe that open, unbiased collaboration is integral to innovation and the future of scholarly communications.

Open for Discussion

Learn more about us at these upcoming industry events.  CHORUS will be presenting at:

  • Charleston Conference, November 4-7, 2015, Charleston, SC
  • The Chicago Collaborative, November 9, 2015, Baltimore, MD
  • eXtyles User Group Meeting (XUG 2015), November 12, 2015, Cambridge, MA
  • CrossRef Annual Meeting, November 17-18, Boston, MA

And save the date for the CHORUS First Annual Members Meeting, February 3, 2016, Washington, DC

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