Jerusalem, Israel—February 17, 2021. Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, is pleased to announce its partnership with Knowledge Unlatched, an open access (OA) service provider. The integration of the Ex Libris Esploro research information management solution with the Knowledge Unlatched Oable workflow management solution will provide research institutions with full article processing charge (APC) workflows, covering APC submission, approvals, and budget management in Ex Libris Alma library services platform. The collaborative solution will facilitate OA publishing and reduce the associated administrative burden.
Through the integration of the Esploro solution with Oable, libraries and research administrators will benefit from a single end-to-end OA management workflow, replacing today's siloed processes. Researchers will be able to initiate and track an APC request directly from their online profile in the institution's Esploro-enabled research portal. Library staff can then process the request seamlessly via Oable, follow the status of the request, generate purchase orders through Alma services, and create OA reports in the Esploro and Oable interfaces.
Knowledge Unlatched Chief Solutions Officer Dr. Olaf Ernst commented, "There is an increasing need for the interoperability of data and systems. We have launched Oable as a solution enabling institutions to seamlessly approve, pay, and manage open access activities on campus. Partnering with Ex Libris is an important step in supporting the goal of making the open access publication process a better experience for researchers and institutions around the world."
Nadav Doron, Ex Libris vice president of research information management solutions, commented, "Open access publishing is gaining momentum, with more and more institutions and publishers adopting OA models. Together with Knowledge Unlatched, we will support universities in their research mission by streamlining APC processes and removing barriers that interfere with the adoption of open access publishing."
About Knowledge Unlatched
Knowledge Unlatched is committed to Open Access (OA) to academic content for readers and researchers around the world. Its online platform is the central point of contact for libraries worldwide to support OA models, book and journal collections of leading publishing houses, and various OA initiatives.
About Ex Libris
Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, is a leading global provider of cloud-based SaaS solutions that enable institutions and their individual users to create, manage, and share knowledge. In close collaboration with its customers and the broader community, Ex Libris develops creative solutions that increase library productivity, maximize the impact of research activities, enhance teaching and learning, and drive student mobile engagement. Ex Libris serves over 7,500 customers in 90 countries. For more information, see our website and join us on LinkedIn, YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter.