The Chicago Collaborative
Addressing the Grand Challenges & Opportunities of Scholarly
Scientific Communication

February 4, 2009

1) How is the Chicago Collaborative different from other efforts to encourage regular ongoing discussions among publishers and librarians?

The Collaborative brings together representatives from STM publisher, editor, and librarian organizations to discuss challenging issues, educational efforts, and recommendations that highlight commonalities and shared purpose which center on broad issues of scholarly scientific communication. The specialized subject focus provides a shared background and showcases the spirit of cooperation and collaboration prominent among organizations of STM, editors, and librarians.

2) How will this effort be sustained in the future?

One of the goals of the Chicago Collaborative is to develop sustainable mechanisms for ongoing conversations and actions among STM publisher, editor, and librarian communities which do not follow the traditional buyer/seller models. The Collaborative expects to operate as an enhancement to existing publisher/editor user advisory boards and librarian sponsored forums.

3) Why is AAHSL the sponsoring organization of the Collaborative?

AAHSL is the organization which hosted the first planning meeting that led to establishment of the Chicago Collaborative. AAHSL members serve in key positions in academic health centers whose faculty and administrators make choices directly affecting the scholarly scientific communication process. Representatives at the May 22, 2008 planning meeting requested that AAHSL serve as the initial sponsoring organization until a sustainable infrastructure is established.

4) Where can I find Chicago Collaborative documents, statements, recommendations?

Documentation is available on the Chicago Collaborative website under Purpose, FAQ, Meeting Notes, and other left navigation bar categories

5) How can I contact the Chicago Collaborative if I have questions or comments?

Email address for Collaborative = margaretreich@gmail.com

6) Who are the founding organizations of the Chicago Collaborative?

The following are the founding organizations of the Chicago Collaborative:

Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL; administrative sponsor) http://www.aahsl.org

Association of American Medical Colleges, Council of Academic Societies (AAMC/CAS)

Association of American Publishers, Professional and Scholarly Publishing Division (AAP/PSP)

Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP)

Council of Science Editors (CSE)

Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology/DC Principles
, http://www.dcprinciples.org/

International Association of Scientific, Technical & Medical Publishers (IASTMP)

International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE)

Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP)