The OPuS Foundation is a non-profit foundation that aims to promote and encourage open access of academic and applied research as well as data. The question that stands at the origin of Open Access Publishing Services is how existing infrastructure in academia, in particular at university libraries, can be utilized to prevent an escalation of the costs of academic publishing during the transition towards the ‘golden’ open access model, while simultaneously maintaining the quality control through peer review. OPuS seeks to achieve its objectives by planning and executing programs in the field of open access, see OPuS Programs.

Points of departure

Distribution of the ‘total’ publishing operation (which is currently concentrated among the traditional publishers) among separate parties – for example, it should be possible for other parties than the publisher to arrange the technical aspects of publishing. In such a network of services and activities every party is compensated according to their contribution.

  • Publishing functions such as the organization of peer review can be allocated to existing infrastructures like university libraries. In this way, a reduction in the costs of publishing can be accomplished.
  • No exclusive transfer of copyright to publishers or journals.
  • Although eventually no single entity will be ‘owner of the whole’ (akin to the situation in other networks or service chains), there will be a need for coordination at the national and international level.

In ‘A Vision of some Dutch Stakeholders on the Future of Academic Publishing’[1] and ‘More ideas from a number of Dutch Stakeholders on the Future of Academic Publishing’[2], which was written by the initiators of OPuS at the invitation of the EU, their approach is described.

[1]OPuS – Vision On The Future Of Academic Publishing [pdf]f

[2]OPuS – More Ideas From Dutch Stakeholders On The Future Of Academic Publishing [pdf]