The ESAC initiative was established in 2014 in order to keep up the discussion about open access workflows and administrative burdens related to the management of open access article processing charges (APCs). In 2013, an international workshop was held on that topic in Berlin organized by the Max Planck Digital Library in cooperation with colleagues from the German Reserach Foundation (DFG), PLOS and Co-Action Publishing.

As with November 2015, ESAC moved under the roof of the DFG funded project INTACT in order to collaborate with OpenAPC and OAanalytics on the objective of building infrastructure for a transparent and sustainable APC -based business model.

Hosted at Max Planck Digital Library in Munich, ESAC pursues the developement of best practices and community recommendations around APCs such as