ASM - American Society for Microbiology

03/29/2024 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 03/29/2024 18:36

ASM Journals Connects to Global OA Switchboard Community

ASM Journals Connects to Global OA Switchboard Community

March 29, 2024

Washington, D.C.-March 29, 2024-As part of our continuing commitment to open science and open infrastructure, ASM Journals is pleased to announce that we have joined the OA Switchboard community to simplify the reporting on and sharing of open access journal information.

OA Switchboard is a community-based infrastructure project that aims to streamline the dissemination of OA-related publication data to funders, institutions, librarians and other interested parties. These data are fed directly from ASM's production system through the Switchboard so that a consistent standard is followed. This real-time reporting will simplify the management of open access funding mandates and will provide efficient and straightforward exchange of information throughout the publishing lifecycle. Such infrastructure and reporting will be vital as ASM Journals moves its 6 hybrid titles to a subscribe-to-open (S2O) publishing model.

"By facilitating a seamless exchange of information between publishers, funders and institutions, we are ensuring that ASM's OA initiatives operate on a foundation of openness and trust. ASM Journals' integration with the OA Switchboard is a testament to our commitment to these values, paving the way for a more transparent, efficient and collaborative scientific community," said David Haber, ASM's Director of Journal Operations. Through this initiative, ASM is not only simplifying compliance with open access mandates; we are also reinforcing the infrastructure that underpins the ecosystem of open science.

Yvonne Campfens, Executive Director of Stichting OA Switchboard added that the "OA Switchboard shapes collaborative infrastructure to make the ecosystem work better for everyone. It is a mission-driven, practical solution that thrives on collaboration. The more stakeholders connect, the better the service for everyone. We are delighted to have the American Society for Microbiology, with their OA ambitions, participate in the initiative."

For a brief explanation of the OA Switchboard, watch their latest video.

About ASM Journals

As a division of the American Society for Microbiology, ASM Journals advances microbial sciences by sharing the results of fundamental and applied research. ASM publishes high-quality research drawn from eminent institutions around the world and rigorously peer-reviewed by experts. Articles published by ASM Journals have garnered international media attention and have been featured in dozens of media outlets, including The New York Times, Science Magazine, The Los Angeles Times, CNN, National Public Radio and CNBC. 

About OA Switchboard

A global not-for-profit and independent intermediary established in 2020, the OA Switchboard provides a central hub for research funders, institutions and publishers to exchange OA-related publication-level information. Connecting parties and systems, and streamlining communication and the neutral exchange of metadata, the OA Switchboard provides direct, indirect and community benefits: simplicity and transparency, collaboration and interoperability, and efficiency and cost-effectiveness.


The American Society for Microbiology is one of the largest professional societies dedicated to the life sciences and is composed of 36,000 scientists and health practitioners. ASM's mission is to promote and advance the microbial sciences.

ASM advances the microbial sciences through conferences, publications, certifications, educational opportunities and advocacy efforts. It enhances laboratory capacity around the globe through training and resources. It provides a network for scientists in academia, industry and clinical settings. Additionally, ASM promotes a deeper understanding of the microbial sciences to diverse audiences.