The Open Access Spectrum Evaluation Tool is an independent measure supported by a number of scholarly communication organizations.

Founding Organizations

The Founding Organizations are committing financial and in-kind support for the operation and oversight of the project. While they are responsible for building a team of scholarly communication experts to evaluate the journals, an arms-length distance precludes their participation in the evaluations themselves.

Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) is an international alliance of academic and research libraries working to create a more open system of scholarly communication.

Public Library of Science (PLOS) is a nonprofit publisher and advocacy organization founded to accelerate progress in science and medicine by leading a transformation in research communication.

Supporting Organizations

The Open Access Spectrum Evaluation Tool is further sustained by a broad coalition of organizations that support a greater understanding of what it means to be “open”.

BioMed Central is an STM (Science, Technology and Medicine) publisher of more than 275 peer-reviewed open access journals, spanning all areas of biology, biomedicine and medicine.

Copernicus Publications promotes the sciences by organizing conferences and exhibitions worldwide, publishing highly reputable peer-reviewed open-access journals, supporting associations in the fulfilment of their tasks, and developing appropriate software solutions for achieving these aims.

eLife is a unique, non-profit collaboration between the funders and practitioners of research to improve the way important results are presented and shared. The open-access eLife journal is the first step in this initiative to make science publishing more effectively benefit science and scientists.

Frontiers is an online platform for the scientific community to publish open-access articles and network with colleagues. It is one the largest and fastest-growing open-access publishers, receiving the ALPSP Gold Award for Innovation in Publishing in 2014.

Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA) is a trade association that was established in 2008 in order to represent the interests of Open Access (OA) journal publishers globally in all scientific, technical and scholarly disciplines.

Research Libraries UK (RLUK) represents 38 of the leading and most significant research libraries in the UK and Ireland, aiming to optimize the contribution that research libraries and collections make to the economic, technological and cultural success of the UK and Ireland.