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COVID-19 Updates and Policy Changes

Remote Access Options:

As we all adjust to a new reality, we wanted to let you know that we are committed to working with you and your patrons to navigate the various challenges that have resulted from COVID-19.

We recognize, for example, that some of your patrons may be having difficulty accessing our content as your university's network capacity has been taxed by a larger than normal number of remote users. To help overcome this, we have implemented a number of remote access options as follows:

  1. Federated Authentication: OSA has significantly expanded the number of federated authentication options, often referred to as "Shibboleth" or "OpenAthens," available to our subscribers via eduGAIN. As federated authentication delivers content directly from OSA to your logged-in patron working off-campus, it does not rely on your university's network, and therefore it utilizes minimal network capacity.

    If you are part of one of the federations that has joined eduGAIN and would like to provide your patrons with federated access to OSA's content via that group, please contact us at elec@osa.org with the following information, and we will work with you promptly to implement this solution for your university:

    1. Your institution's name
    2. Institution's Entity ID
    3. Contact person's name
    4. Contact person's email
  2. Google Scholar CASA (Campus Activated Subscriber Access): Another remote access option for your patrons to use is Google CASA. With this method, researchers who have authenticated on your institutional network within the last 30 days can easily download content published by OSA via a search on Google Scholar. Once an article is selected from Google Scholar, Google CASA places a secure token on your patron's device to enable seamless access to our content.
  3. Copyright Clearance Center (CCC) Education Continuity License: OSA is working with the CCC to authorize educators with a way to easily acquire the rights to use our copyrighted materials in their distance learning models during the pandemic. At the launch, the program will be specific to U.S. based educators. Once in place, though, our goal is to quickly work with the CCC to enable educators across the globe to acquire the same type of limited term license for educational purposes.
Print Issue Delivery

OSA has been actively working with our printing and shipping partners to ensure the continued distribution of our print journals. As a result of many university and postal office closures around the globe and a decrease in the number of flights available to transport our journal issues to certain regions, our shipper shares that there will be some delivery delays. For those in Europe, we anticipate that there will be a 4-5 week delay in receiving journal issues. For all other parts of the world, we expect that there will be a 2-3 week lag in journal issues being delivered.

We recognize that some universities are not able to receive mail at this time. If your university has temporarily closed its mail room operations, please send us an email at elec@osa.org so that we can put a hold on your account until such time as it is possible for you to receive mail again.

Updated Claims Policy

As a result of print issue delivery being delayed, we will temporarily be extending our claims policy. From 15 March 2020 onward, missing issue claims will be honored if they are received within four and a half months of the publication date for a specific issue of an individual journal. Please allow 10-12 weeks for print copies to arrive at your library before submitting a claim to OSA at claims@osa.org.

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