Supporting community-based open research initiatives

Find out more about two community-based open research initiatives, Jisc’s open access community framework and SCOSS, and how you can support them.

  • 2.5 hours
  • Online
  • Free

This event will be held on


The scholarly communication landscape is made up of multiple stakeholders, with a substantial number operating as mission driven or not-for-profit. Many of these products and initiatives do not have paywalls and do not require subscriptions to access or use them and instead rely on alternative forms of funding to ensure their sustainability. Jisc’s supporter membership agreements and the new open access community framework enable Jisc members to support these products and initiatives whilst providing budget predictability and reassurance of the supplier’s open research credentials.

The commitment of higher education institutions to open scholarship has already encouraged libraries to think differently about the purpose of their budgets and their alignment with institutional missions relating to open research and social responsibility. The challenge now is how supporting community-based models scales up and how institutions choose who to support.

This event has been organised in recognition of the rapid growth of the community-based model. Attendees will learn more about the goals of these initiatives and how other institutions have adapted, which will inform more efficient funding decisions.

This event will:

  • Provide an opportunity to hear from institutions that have made changes to their internal policies to support open content initiatives
  • Introduce participants in the 2022 Open Access Community Framework
  • Explain how SCOSS works and introduce the services currently requesting funding

Who should attend?

  • Roles within Jisc member institutions with responsibility for collection development and content strategy
  • Roles within Jisc member institutions with responsibility for open research

Your organisation must be a Jisc member to attend this online event.


For further information, please contact events@jisc.ac.uk


Welcome and Introduction

Part 1 – Open access community framework

  • Peter Barr, Head of content and collections, University of Sheffield
  • Emma Francis, Scholarly Communications Manager, University of Aberdeen
  • Shaun Khoo, President, Episteme Health
  • Andrew Langford, Director, International Universities Strength and Conditioning Association
  • Denis Bourguet, Co-founder, Peer Community In
  • Johan Rooryck, President, Linguistics in Open Access
  • Jan Willem Wijnen, Strategy Officer, SciPost
  • Philippa Grand, Press Manager, University of Westminster Press
  • Kate Petherbridge, Press Manager, White Rose University Press
  • Paula Kennedy, Head of Publishing, University of London Press
  • Emma Brennan, Editorial Director, Manchester University Press


Part 2 – Open infrastructure

  • Scott Taylor, Head of Library Research Services and Office for Open Research, University of Manchester
  • Vanessa Proudman, Director, SPARC Europe
  • Kristi Park, Chair, DSpace Leadership Group
  • Alison Fromme, Communications and Fundraising Manager, arXiv
  • Arianna Becerril, President, AmeliCA