International Open Access Research Advisory Group

Copyright Clearance Center (CCC) is seeking research professionals with experience in defining, using, or implementing Open Access (OA) publication and science policy to participate in a new, volunteer advisory group that will focus on working with CCC staff to identify pragmatic solutions to the pressing and evolving issues facing the research community today. This advisory group is one of the many ways CCC is looking to gain input from different stakeholders in the scholarly communications ecosystem.

Description and Goals

CCC is looking for 8-10 international stakeholders to engage with our senior staff and represent the OA research community’s needs, including the practical challenges in serving constituents and the pressures of OA publishing and open scholarly communications.

Advisory group participants will advise on themes and concepts central to open scholarly communication. The group’s work will give participants an opportunity to establish and grow their network and engage in regular discussion with emerging leaders in the research and publishing communities. Participation in this advisory group will offer participants the opportunity to demonstrate thought leadership within their respective institution or organization.

Benefits of Participation

  • Contribute to an advisory board focused on addressing the most pressing and evolving issues facing the research and scholarly communication community today, including paid-for international travel to join relevant group activities.
  • Establish and grow your network by engaging in regular discussion (3-4 times per year) with emerging leaders in the research and publishing communities to discuss challenges and pragmatic solutions.
  • Demonstrate thought leadership for your institution or organization in solving key challenges arising from the move to OA via:
    • presentation/dissemination of group activities (e.g. in-person presentations at conferences in your home country, participation in webinars); and
    • authorship or co-authorship of blog posts/opinion pieces.


CCC is looking for participants with proven and recent expertise in OA and open scholarly communications including:

  • Research funders who focus on developing policy to distribute research funding, understand the global research funding landscape and recent research trends, and pursue open research.
  • Senior university librarians who focus on supporting library strategy and direction, deal with funding challenges and shrinking budgets, and understand the evolving role of libraries. Direct experience in transformative agreements is a plus.
  • Researchers who engage with peers and academic support staff to secure collaborations/funding and regularly publish and review research.


  • The advisory group will have formal meetings twice a year. Participants will be expected to participate in additional ad hoc activities including surveys, product concept reviews, and more, occasionally throughout the term.
  • Some of the work carried out as part of this group will be confidential. Therefore, you would be asked to sign a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) should you be selected to participate.

Click here to apply to join the advisory group.