Open Access Committee


John Sherer, North Carolina, Chair (john UNDERSCORE sherer AT unc DOT edu)
Geoffrey Little, Concordia
Andy Redman, Oxford
Tony Sanfilippo, Ohio State
Brigitte Shull, Cambridge
Dhara Snowden, UCL
Kelley A. Squazzo, Johns Hopkins
Elizabeth Swayze, MIT
Erich van Rijn, California

Board Liaison
Mary Francis, Pennsylvania

Central Office Liaison
Brenna McLaughlin


General Objectives:

  • Develop and manage tools, programs, and resources to assist Association members in pursuing Open Access (OA) publishing and in understanding OA.

Specific Charges to the Open Access Committee:

  • Review and discuss the final report of OA Task Force to inform committee activities going forward. 
  • Keep in mind the need for attention to both book and journal publishing within Open Access initiatives; and, in particular, hold the principles of the Association’s current statement on Open Access and Statement on Equity and Antiracism in mind when developing programs or pursuing collaborations.
  • Consult with Association staff about how to most effectively integrate the gathering of OA publishing data into existing statistical and information programs.
  • If the Association’s OA-related application for an NEH grant is successful: as requested, advise the co-PIs on the study and help promote participation.
  • Evaluate and communicate about OA publishing infrastructure available to members; support the continued expansion of OA information resources available on UP Commons.
  • Work with the Faculty Outreach Committee to develop author-focused OA FAQ content for the Ask UP website.
  • Pursue one or more collaborative efforts with external stakeholder groups identifiedby the OA Task Force—these could be in the form of educational opportunities, information sharing, or advocacy efforts.
  • As requested, assist the AUPresses 2022 Program Committee with the development of OA-focused sessions.
  • Include in your June final report to the Board suggestions for concurrent session topics to be referred to the 2023 Annual Meeting Program Committee.

Common Charges to All Committees of the Corporation:

  • Include your board and staff liaisons in all committee communications and activities.
  • Use UP Commons as your primary communications and collaboration tool.
  • Encourage discussions on appropriate UP Commons groups.
  • Coordinate all research and survey activity through the Central Office.
  • Seek opportunities to support the Association’s core value of diversity & inclusion by engaging in activities and developing programs that include participation from diverse members of the community and/or that aim to increase equity and inclusivity in our community.
  • Seek opportunities to support the goals of the Association’s 2016 membership restructuring by integrating into your committee activities the participation of colleagues from non-North American member presses.
  • Support the Annual Meeting Program Committee as requested, and include in your final report to the board any suggestions for future programming your committee identifies over the course of the year.
  • Seek opportunities when conducting activities and events to recruit new members to serve on your committee in future years, being sure to emphasize diversity, equity, and inclusion in your efforts; include in your final report to the board discussion of your recruiting efforts; share with the Executive Director the names of potential future committee members.
  • Submit reports on Committee activities to the Association Board in time for its October, March, and June meetings. Interim reports are due on October 4, 2021, and February 28, 2022; final reports that recap all committee activities for the year and are shared with the membership are due May 20, 2022. (For convenience, please reproduce your Charge & Tasks at the beginning of all reports, and list the names and institutional affiliations of all committee members.)
  • Review your General Objective and Specific Tasks at the end of the service year, and recommend changes for next year to the Executive Director.

ഞങ്ങൾ ഉന്നതവിദ്യാഭ്യാസത്തിന്റേയും അറിവിന്റേയും പരിപോഷണം ഉറപ്പു വരുത്തുക എന്നത് ദൗത്യമായി ഏറ്റെടുത്ത പ്രസാധകരുടെ ഒരു ആഗോളസമൂഹത്തിന്റെ അവശ്യമായ പങ്കിനെ മുന്നോട്ട് വെക്കുന്നു.

— AUPresses Mission Statement in Malayalam