Projects to Bring Us Beyond Open Access

In 2005 – and indeed as late as 2010 – Open Access publishing was a radical idea for many. In our minds, moving towards Open Access is only one step towards developing scholarly communications that meet the needs of today’s – and tomorrow’s – researchers and those who will apply their work. There is a need to ensure efficiencies in the new ecosystem that is emerging, and to develop tools to enhance the connectivity and usefulness of content both within the research community and between researchers and the broader global community. Co-Action Publishing is joining like-minded organisations and individuals to move beyond Open Access.

Co-Action Publishing is involved in several projects that support Open Access and/or other developments that move scholarly publishing forward.


Current Projects


ESAC stands for “Efficiency and Standards for Article Charges”. The ESAC initiative was originated by Copernicus Publications, the German Research Foundation, the Max Planck Digital Library, Public Library of Science (PLOS), Bielefeld University Library and Co-Action Publishing. Aims include minimizing the transaction costs for Open Access article charges and supporting and contributing to the development of a transparent and efficient APC market.


ScreenShot_2014-12-03_13-52-59Through our partners at the Public Knowledge Project, Co-Action Publishing is pleased to take part in the Dataverse Network Project. The project develops software, protocols, and community connections for creating research data repositories. The Institute for Qualitative Social Science at Harvard University manage the day-to-day work of the project.


Past Projects

Open Access and Scholarly Societies – a JISC-Sponsored Project

Co-Action Publishing’s Caroline Sutton collaborated with David Jennings (DJ Alchemi Ltd), Nicky Ferguson (Clax Ltd), and Seb Schmoller (Association for Learning Technology, ALT) in a project aimed at supporting the adoption of Gold Open Access by helping learned societies and other stakeholders make an accurate and honest appraisal of the challenges and providing tools and information to meet these challenges. The project was carried out on behalf of the Open Access Implementation Group in the United Kingdom with financial support from JISC. The resources were launched earlier this year (2013) and are hosted by JISC.

Co-Action Publishing Works with Peter Suber

Peter Suber (Director of the Harvard Office for Scholarly Communication, Director of the Harvard Open Access Project, Faculty Fellow at the Berkman Center, Senior Researcher at SPARC, and Research Professor of Philosophy at Earlham College) and Co-Action Publishing’s Caroline Sutton (Publisher) teamed up in 2007 to collate information on the experiences of scholarly societies who are affiliated with Open Access or Hybrid OA journals.

The initial list included the journals themselves as well as the societies, and was published on November 2, 2007. A description and discussion of the results was published by Suber & Sutton in the November issue of SOAN.  And the original excel file can be found here. OAsocieties update 19102011-3.

More recently Peter and Caroline were joined by Amanda Page. Amanda contributed greatly the production of a third edition of the list, identifying 832 societies publishing 780 full or non-hybrid OA journals.

Online Guide to Open Access Journals Publishing

Co-Action Publishing and Lund University Library, Head Office launched the Online Guide to Open Access Journals Publishing on February 5 2010. The online guide is directed to small independent teams and provides practical information on planning, setting up, launching, publishing and managing an open access scholarly journal. Users can take advantage of additional resources in the form of links to related information, samples of applied practices and downloadable tools that can be adapted. The guide seeks to be interactive, allowing users to share their own best practices, tips and suggestions through a comment field. Although the guide contains some information that is specific to the Nordic region, most of its content can be applied internationally.

Development of the Online Guide to Open Access Journals Publishing was generously supported by the Swedish Royal Library through its Program The technical solution received support from the Nordbib Program; through cooperation with the project “Aiding Scientific Journals Towards Open Access Publishing”. The full press release is available here.