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Scholastica announces CCC RightsLink for Scientific Communications Integration Option

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CHICAGO, IL (October 29, 2020) -- Scholastica, a software and service provider for academic journals, announced today that journals using its peer review system now have the option to integrate with RightsLink® for Scientific Communications (RLSC), Copyright Clearance Center's scholarly communications workflow solution. The integration will enable journals to more easily manage Open Access (OA) publication charges.

With the new integration, publishers who use RLSC can seamlessly initiate payment for OA journal article processing charges from Scholastica's peer review system at the time that articles are accepted for publication. Scholastica is also building out its metadata support to enable publishers to leverage RLSC's broad range of transformative agreement workflows and sophisticated rules engine for author discounts.

Scholastica introduced the RightsLink integration, which is available to journals using its peer review system at no additional cost, to better support a range of fully-OA journal publishing models. The integration is part of Scholastica's efforts to enable academic publishers of any size to publish OA titles and run journal programs at the highest professional and technical level possible -- while keeping costs as low as possible. Scholastica is working to help all journals using its peer review system, typesetting service, and OA publishing platform meet core standards and follow the available Plan S compliance routes if they choose.

"We know managing OA charges can be complex, particularly when it comes to applying discounts and institutional agreements, and we're excited to integrate with RightsLink to simplify that process for all involved," said Scholastica Co-Founder and CTO Cory Schires. "Scholastica is committed to developing software solutions that enable publishers to produce high-quality journals sustainably and increase access to research. We feel this is an important step in that direction."

RLSC has become the market standard for OA funding workflows, used by more than 30 leading publishers to process article charges for over 2,400 journals and provide support to thousands of authors in more than 125 countries. Nearly a dozen of these publishers use RightsLink to manage OA agreements with over 400 institutions and funders across 40 countries to accelerate their OA business model transformation. RightsLink has a powerful and flexible rules engine that helps publishers codify and implement OA agreements and trigger appropriate touch-free or author/institution-mediated workflows. Because RightsLink is used by so many of the world's top publishers, Copyright Clearance Center (CCC) brings a broad and advanced set of capabilities to all publishers, funders, institutions, and authors using the RightsLink platform.

"We believe in collaboration among stakeholders in order to make the market work better," said Emily Sheahan, Vice President & Managing Director, CCC. "As a pioneer in licensing technology and innovation, CCC is a trusted intermediary, and recognized market leader uniquely positioned to facilitate dialogue among key stakeholders in the author, publisher, institution, funding, and vendor communities."

CCC encourages engagement across boundaries through an ongoing series of roundtables, panel events, webinars, podcasts, and blogs. CCC is a member of the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA), the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP), the International Association of STM Publishers (STM), and a Sustaining Member of the Society of Scholarly Publishing (SSP).

The new Scholastica RightsLink integration is available to any journal using Scholastica's peer review system that has a CCC RightsLink account. Publishers interested in setting up a RightsLink integration can contact Scholastica customer support to learn more.


About Scholastica:

Scholastica is a web-based software platform with modular tools and services for every aspect of publishing academic journals -- from peer review to production to hosting and discovery support. Our mission is to empower journal publishers to make quality research available more efficiently and affordably in order to facilitate a sustainable research future. Over 900 journals across disciplines use Scholastica. To learn more about Scholastica, visit:

About Copyright Clearance Center:

Copyright Clearance Center (CCC) builds unique solutions that connect content and rights in contextually relevant ways through software and professional services. CCC helps people navigate vast amounts of data to discover actionable insights, enabling them to innovate and make informed decisions. CCC, with its subsidiary RightsDirect, collaborates with customers to advance how data and information is integrated, accessed, and shared while setting the standard for effective copyright solutions that accelerate knowledge and power innovation. CCC is headquartered in Danvers, Mass. with offices across North America, Europe, and Asia. To learn more about CCC, visit:

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