Open Science Conference

"The Open Science Conference 2020 is the 7th international conference of the Leibniz Research Alliance Open Science. The annual conference is dedicated to the Open Science movement and provides a unique forum for researchers, librarians, practitioners, infrastructure providers, policy makers, and other important stakeholders to discuss the latest and future developments...

Europe PMC Integrates Smart Citations from scite – scite – Medium

"scite, an award-winning citation analysis platform, and Europe PMC, an open science discovery tool that provides access to a worldwide collection of life science publications, have partnered to display what scite calls smart citations on the Europe PMC platform. Smart citations advance regular citations by providing more contextual information beyond the...

5 Scholarly Publishing Trends to Watch in 2020

"The vision for a predominantly open access (OA) publishing landscape has shifted from a possibility to a probability in the opinions of many. A 2017 Springer Nature survey of 200 professional staff working in research institutions around the world found that over 70% of respondents agreed scholarly content should be openly accessible...

Announcing the new Member API

When we launched the new version of the OAI-PMH service in November (Hallett (2019)), and retired Solr (used by the old OAI-PMH service) in December, we completed the transition to Elasticsearch as our search index, and the REST API as our main API. All our services now integrate via Elasticsearch...

Open Access Policy | GeneticAlliance.org

"We have fought to see Open Access policy enacted for well over a decade, and it’s important to let the White House know that there is deep support for this policy from our community. We hope you will sign this letter to the President along with other patient advocacy groups expressing our...

Writefull pilot by Hindawi: authors revise their English at submission

Open Access publisher Hindawi recently started a pilot with Writefull, one of Digital Science’s portfolio companies. Writefull lets authors revise their manuscript right before they submit it to one of Hindawi’s journals. Writefull in brief Writefull offers tools to help researchers with their academic writing. Using a technique called Deep...

We support Zero Embargo Taxpayer Access

"We the undersigned American scientists, publishers, funders, patient advocates, librarians and members of the public endorse a national policy that would ensure that Americans are no longer denied access to the results of research their tax dollars paid for. We have read recent media reports that the executive branch is...

Universities ignore growing concern over Sci-Hub cyber risk

"According to The Washington Post, Elbakyan, nicknamed the Robin Hood of science, is currently under investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice for suspected criminal acts and espionage. Elbakyan denies any wrongdoing, but scholarly publishers such as Elsevier have used news of her investigation to call on academic institutions to block...

The Reproducibility Initiative, supported by Mendeley data, gets $1.3M to replicate key findings in cancer biology. – Mendeley Blog

"The Reproducibility Initiative, a project we’ve written about before, has reached a major milestone. They have been awarded $1.3M in funding from the Center for Open Science and the Laura and John Arnold Foundation to replicate 50 key findings in cancer biology. Mendeley has supported the initiative by helping to design the...

Estimating student savings from no-cost/low-cost course materials – openoregon.org

" The archived webinar on estimating student savings from no-cost/low-cost course materials will be available soon, but in the meantime the presentation slides are available: https://tinyurl.com/savingsestimates. This blog post summarizes the main points of the presentation...." Source: Estimating student savings from no-cost/low-cost course materials – openoregon.org

College of DuPage Partners with OpenStax to Increase Use of Free Textbooks

"The high cost of traditional textbooks not only impacts students’ access to college but also their ability to complete coursework. A new partnership aims to reduce those textbook and course material costs for College of DuPage students. OpenStax, a Rice University initiative committed to improving access to quality learning materials,...

Lancet editor-in-chief calls for ‘activist’ journals | Times Higher Education (THE)

"Academic journals must become more “activist” if they are to survive, seeking to “change the direction of society” rather than “passively waiting” for manuscripts, according to the editor-in-chief of The Lancet. The medical journal is one of a number of titles now explicitly committed to helping pursue the United Nations’ Sustainable Development...

Höchstgericht folgt Beschwerde: Wikipedia-Sperre in Türkei…(Supreme Court follows appeal: Wikipedia lock in Turkey illegal)

From Google's English: 'The website has not been available since 2017. The Turkish telecommunications authority had identified a threat to national security at the time. Now a complaint to the court has been successful.' Source: Höchstgericht folgt Beschwerde: Wikipedia-Sperre in Türkei...(Supreme Court follows appeal: Wikipedia lock in Turkey illegal)

Wikipedia for Peace: Highlights from 2019

Our project "Wikipedia for Peace" has been integrating young people with an interest in social and peace policy issues into the Wikiversum since 2015. Every year we organize one or more summer camps in Austria, in which international groups take part in young people and learn how to edit Wikipedia and...

CFP: Worldwide Open Access Mandates and Policies — IFLA WLIC 2020

Theme: "Worldwide Open Access Mandates and Policies " "The Serials and Other Continuing Resources Section (SOCRS) invites colleagues to submit proposals for its two-hour open session at the IFLA World Library and Information Congress (WLIC), Dublin, Ireland, 15-22 August 2020. Increasingly, the governments and private organizations which fund research are...

CFP, Library Publishing — IFLA WLIC 2020

Theme: "Library Publishing: Catalyst for Change" "Background The Library Publishing Special Interest Group (SIG) is holding its Open Programme at the IFLA World Library and Information Congress in Dublin, Ireland, August 15-21, 2020. The committee welcomes proposals for presentations at that programme. Library Publishing, in an increasing number of mostly electronic...

Развој отворене наукe у Србији у складу са инцијативама у Европи | Министарство просвете, науке и технолошког развоја

Aligning the development of Open Science in Serbia with European initiatives Open science has become a reality and a necessity for all disciplines in the Serbian research community. By adopting the Open Science Platform (2018) and the Law on Science and Research (2019), the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological...

Negotiations with major STM publishers – EPFL

Swissuniversities’ negotiations with publishing powerhouses Wiley and Elsevier have resulted in transitory agreements for 2020. However, scholars may face restrictions on Springer-Nature publications next year. Source: Negotiations with major STM publishers - EPFL

National negotiations (Elsevier, Springer Nature, Wiley)

Negotiations have been underway since 2018 at the national level by swissuniversities with the publishing houses Elsevier, Springer Nature and Wiley, as a part of the Swiss National Strategy on Open Access. The objective is to define a new "Read & Publish" license model, namely a license that covers both the consultation of journal articles (Read) and the...

Open Data Maturity Report 2019

Last year on 2 December, the European Data Portal (EDP) published its fifth annual report measuring the level of open data maturity across Europe. The Open Data Maturity Report 2019 (ODM19) records the progress achieved by European countries (which can be seen on the ODM dashboard) as they move forward with open data publication and...