Open Access Task Force


Task Force Roster

Erich van Rijn, California, Chair (evanrijn AT ucpress DOT edu)
Carsten Fenger-Grondahl, Aarhus
Jonathan Greenberg, New York 
Geoffrey Little, Concordia
Michael Regoli, Indiana
Tony Sanfilippo, Ohio State
John Sherer, North Carolina
Lara Speicher, UCL
Kelley Squazzo, Project Muse/Johns Hopkins

Board Liaison
Mary Francis, Pennsylvania

Central Office Liaison
Brenna McLaughlin


General Objective:

  • Explore and recommend to the Board ways in which the Association can support member presses pursuing or interested in OA publishing, including promoting understanding of rapidly evolving government and funder requirements, OA business models, and best practices around the dissemination of OA scholarship.

Specific Charges to the Open Access Task Force:

  • Gather information about the full range of OA publishing activities or planned OA publishing activities within the membership; this may include consulting prior research, conducting an environmental scan, and/or developing a survey.
  • Assess and report on the current state of support the Association provides for members engaged or interested in OA publishing.
  • Investigate and report to the board on possible networking and collaborations with like-minded organizations (e.g., COASPA, LPC, ALPSP, SSP, etc.). Where existing committees of the Association already work with such groups, coordinate outreach and consider where ongoing OA-interest partnerships can be incorporated into existing committees’ portfolios.
  • Evaluate how best to gather and disseminate data on open access publishing to the membership to support decision-making and planning.
  • Evaluate OA publishing infrastructure available to members.
  • Make recommendations to Board on support the Association could provide if warranted.

Common Charges:

  • Include your board and staff liaisons in all committee communications and activities.
  • Use UP Commons as your primary communications and collaboration tool.
  • Coordinate all research and survey activity through the Central Office.
  • Seek opportunities to support the Association’s core value of diversity 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.
  • Submit reports on Committee activities to the Association Board in time for its October, March, and June meetings. Interim reports are due on October 8, 2019, and February 26, 2020; final reports that recap all committee activities for the year and are shared with the membership are due May 15, 2020. (For convenience, please reproduce your Charge & Tasks at the beginning of all reports, and list the names and institutional affiliations of all committee members.)

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