Rachel Caldwell and Robin N. Sinn, [writing in *Commonplace* in November](https://commonplace.knowledgefutures.org/pub/1qhe2fxi/release/1), propose a journal-publisher scorecard. In their vision,

> a publisher’s actions are quantified based on points earned for practices that align with the values of libraries and many institutions of higher education. The more points a publisher earns, the higher their overall score. LP certification is similar to the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) architectural certification. Where LEED certification assesses a building project’s practices in “credit categories” such as water efficiency or indoor environmental air quality, LP certification assesses a publisher’s practices in four categories: Access, Rights, Community, and Discoverability. The overall score a publisher earns places them in one of four tiers.

The idea is to help librarians make informed choices about where to invest limited OA dollars, through what is, in effect, a [point-based rating system](https://commonplace.knowledgefutures.org/pub/1qhe2fxi/release/1). Library-by-library vetting is utterly impractical, especially when multiple values (like licensing and fee-free OA) are at stake.

It's an exciting idea, one that could streamline and justify libraries' mission-aligned investing. Caldwell and Sinn [include](https://commonplace.knowledgefutures.org/pub/1qhe2fxi/release/1) a pilot run-through of their scoring with five publishers. Elsevier, with 12 points, is easily bested by UC eScholarship and the Society for Neuroscience—40 and 44 points, respectively.

![Library Partnership](https://www.jeffpooley.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/library-partnership.png)

Their proposed scheme (dubbed [Library Paternship](https://commonplace.knowledgefutures.org/pub/1qhe2fxi/release/1)) could easily fold into [mission-aligned funding exchanges](https://commonplace.knowledgefutures.org/pub/erpw9udj/release/3) like LYRASIS's [OACIP](https://www.lyrasis.org/content/Pages/oacip.aspx). Even a badging system would make sense.

More on this project soon.