While Open Engineering Inc. has existed since 2016, it wasn’t until this year that the organization became officially recognized as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and ramped up our fundraising efforts. This action was largely driven by the growth of the Engineering Archive and the need to meet the growing financial requirements of operating such a preprint server.
Our primary effort towards financial sustainability for the Engineering Archive was the creation of the Engineering Archive Membership Circle. The Membership Circle creates the opportunity for institutions, libraries, and other organizations to support the sustainability of the server through a $500 annual contribution. Since launching in September, 10 academic libraries have signed up to pledge their support.
More detail on the status of the Engineering Archive can be found on the year-end wrap-up post over at the engrXiv blog.
We are continuing to work through the development of The Journal of Open Engineering, where there are currently four articles submitted and available for peer-review. With new updates to the PubPub platform planned for 2020, we hope that the peer-review workflow will become more streamlined and friendly for authors and reviews alike.
With that, we wish a Happy New Year to all and hope that you will join us in our efforts to create greater, more equitable access to engineering scholarship in 2020.