What’s in a Name or a Number? RLSC by the Numbers

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People often ask, “What’s in a name?”, echoing the phrase from Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. While names are important, one can argue that numbers are even more vital. Numbers like time and age influence many short- and long-term decisions such as when to eat and the best time to retire. Counts and percentages let us track pressing issues like Covid-19 pandemic data. Numbers also allow us to gauge success and measure progress against goals so that we can make good data-driven decisions.

RightsLink® for Scientific Communications (RLSC), the market-leading solution supporting publishers with a wide range of workflows for easy management, collection, and reporting on a variety of publication charges, has reached some impressive numbers and milestones over the last year.

1,500+

OA AND TRANSFORMATIVE AGREEMENT FUNDING APPROVED REQUESTS SINCE 2019

With RLSC, CCC is meeting the demands of publishers looking for solutions that reflect the evolving demands of transformative agreements in a changing marketplace. RLSC simplifies editorial and payment workflows and enables testing of new business models. RLSC is a scalable, flexible way to manage publication charges and transformative agreements with institutions and funders. In the last year, RLSC has approved more than 1,500 OA and transformative agreement funding requests.

Recently, CCC enhanced RightsLink for Scientific Communications support for Read and Publish, Publish and Read and other transformative agreements, as well as pure OA agreements, with a new touch-free workflow that removes the author, and optionally the institution or funder, from the APC payment and funding workflow. This new workflow helps eliminate the administrative burden for researchers and reduces the risk of Open Access publication delays under Read and Publish models.

Trusted by 30+

LEADING PUBLISHERS

More than 30 of the world’s leading publishers rely on RightsLink to manage APC workflows and a growing number of transformative agreements, creating a powerful RightsLink network effect. This effect drives collaboration, partnership and innovation in the evolving scientific publishing ecosystemThere’s strength in numbers, as evidenced by these milestones.

The value of the RightsLink network effect goes beyond publishers and is also felt by authors, funders and institutions who trust the solution’s familiar user experience and flexible workflow.

66%

OF AUTHOR FEES COLLECTED IN LESS THAN A WEEK

Publishers today understand that authors are looking for simplified and flexible options when choosing where and how to publish. RightsLink is easily customized to recognize the author, present the appropriate deal terms and simplify invoicing. Auto-dunning is supported, and optional collections support is available. RightsLink is the only solution that enables Read and Publish agreements between publishers and institutions without requiring author involvement. Today, nearly two thirds of author fees are collected in less than a week, saving valuable time.

While some publishers operate in an author-agnostic workflow, others rely on workflows that put the author at the center of the process. RightsLink can be configured to reflect standard and custom author, institution and manuscript metadata to pre-populate order details and terms that reflect the appropriate transformative agreement.

RightsLink for Scientific Communications now offers enhanced support for Read and Publish, Publish and Read, Pure OA and other transformative agreements with a new touch-free workflow that removes the author, and optionally the institution or funder, from the APC payment and funding workflow.  This not only facilitates alignment with mandates such as Plan S, but also improves transparency, reduces friction for the author, and lowers costs for all parties. With support for pre-paid funder and publisher accounts, RightsLink is the only solution that enables Read and Publish agreements between publishers and institutions without requiring author involvement.

We live in a data-driven world, so we track these numbers as a way to ensure we are meeting milestones and continuing to evolve our products and professional services to meet the needs of our publishers, institutions and funders. As statistician, professor and author William Edwards Deming was credited with saying, “In God we trust; all others must bring data.” 

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Doreen Maciak

Author: Doreen Maciak

Doreen Maciak is the Director of Marketing for CCC’s Publisher business unit. Her background includes many years of senior marketing and editorial experience for publishers, software companies and government organizations. In addition, she has taught online courses in communications for several universities. She earned her MBA from the University of Massachusetts Boston. Outside of the office, she enjoys playing saxophone in her swing band, and golf.

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