Open Access

Bringing transparent peer review to the physical sciences and beyond

(16 Jul 2019) Publons and ScholarOne, both part of the Web of Science Group (a Clarivate Analytics company), have entered into a new partnership with IOP Publishing to introduce the industry’s first cross-publisher, scalable transparent peer review workflows across some of their leading journals in the physical sciences and beyond. Transparent peer review shows the complete peer review […]

July 17, 2019 - 8:50 am
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Dozens of US libraries are boycotting audiobooks

(12 Jul 2019)  Over 50 libraries in the US are boycotting audiobooks published by Blackstone audio. This is because Blackstone is going to embargo most of their new release titles by 90 days. The libraries are just the first wave and hundreds of libraries are considering joining the boycott. More details of the boycott can […]

July 15, 2019 - 9:03 am
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Open science essentials: towards a skill set and showcases at LIBER 2019

(11 Jul 2019) Open science skills for research librarians and researchers are at the heart of the evolution towards openness. LIBER’s Digital Skills for Library Staff & Researchers Working Group is supporting this transition in two ways: by building a digital skills list with a specific focus on Open Science and by highlighting Open Science training programmes relying […]

July 12, 2019 - 1:50 pm
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Access to ScienceDirect, Scopus and SciVal open for the Hungarian research community, as EISZ and Elsevier work towards an open access pilot agreement

(4 Jul 2019) Hungarian Electronic Information Service National Programme (EISZ) and Elsevier, a global information analytics business specializing in science and health, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding and Letter of Intent, as they move towards finalizing a new innovative pilot agreement for research access and Open Access publishing in Hungary. As a result, EISZ consortium member […]

July 10, 2019 - 10:50 am
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Factors influencing open access in UK research institutions

(8 Jul 2019)  In order to monitor progress towards a more open research culture, we need to take a snapshot of the situation at different points of time and compare the percentage of Open Access outputs. Recently Digital Sciences published a report on The Ascent of Open Access, which looked at trends in Open Access, funding, […]

July 10, 2019 - 10:17 am
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Springer Nature accelerates its transformative journey with the signing of landmark pure OA deal

(27 June 2019) New agreements agreed this week with the Bibsam consortium in Sweden and Norway’s Unit consortium take the number of Springer Nature’s read and publish deals to ten, putting the publisher firmly on the path to becoming a transformative publisher. In a first for Springer Nature, Bibsam, representing the institutional libraries, and four of […]

June 29, 2019 - 1:41 pm
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The Bibsam consortium in Sweden signs a “Read and Publish” pilot program agreement with AIP Publishing

(14 June 2019) AIP Publishing, a leading not-for-profit scholarly publisher in the physical sciences, is pleased to announce that the Bibsam Consortium in Sweden has signed an agreement to participate in AIP Publishing’s “Read and Publish” pilot program. Bibsam is the first research library consortium to join the pilot. The pilot, which will run until the […]

June 18, 2019 - 10:25 pm
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The Wellcome Trust – Open Research Fund: now open for applications until 15 June!

(10 June 2019)  From the Wellcome Trust – “Do you have a great idea on how health research outputs can be made more open, accessible and reusable? The Wellcome Trust’s Open Research Fund supports researchers and other innovators to develop, pilot and evaluate innovative approaches that aim to make health research more open. These awards are […]

June 11, 2019 - 5:11 pm
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Myanmar Education Research and Learning Portal

(31 May 2019)  Free and open access to research in Myanmar will grow dramatically as a result of an exciting new project that will establish a national portal for journal articles, theses and dissertations, conference proceedings and other research output from Myanmar universities. The Myanmar Education Research and Learning Portal (MERAL) is a project of the […]

June 3, 2019 - 10:15 pm
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cOAlition S releases revised implementation guidance on Plan S following public feedback exercise

(31 May 2019) Today cOAlition S releases revised guidance on Plan S implementation which has been approved by all coalition members. “Plan S is a bold step forward which the European Commission, along with a growing number of national funders, is committed to implement” explained Carlos Moedas, the European Commissioner for Science, Research and Innovation. Since its launch […]

May 31, 2019 - 8:38 am
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Registrations open for ICSTI 2019 Annual Conference in Shanghai

(24 May 2019)  The International Council for Scientific and Technical Information (ICSTI) has announced that its 2019 Annual Conference will take place in Shanghai on September 23-26. Themed ‘Open Science and Open Innovation’, the conference is part of a bigger event co-organised with the Shanghai Competitive Intelligence Forum (SCIF) and the Institute of Scientific and Technical Information […]

May 29, 2019 - 9:04 am
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Moving towards open science needs extensive collaboration and best practice data sharing in Japan

(23 May 2019)  As the move towards open science progresses, the relevance of data sharing and data management increases. In a survey of more than 1,000 researchers in Japan, 95% say they are sharing research data, but a majority of them share only privately among their peers. A whitepaper “Challenges and Opportunities for Data Sharing in […]

May 29, 2019 - 8:58 am
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Joint CAUL-AOASG Election Statement: developing a strategic approach to open scholarship in Australia

Australia needs a national strategy for open scholarship. (14 May 2019) We are at a stalemate in improving access to scholarly research because of the tension between the needs of research institutions, which want to disseminate their research outputs as widely as possible, and commercial publishers, who dominate academic publishing, and who primarily serve the […]

May 25, 2019 - 10:03 am
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Knowledge Unlatched and partners launch Open Research Library

(17 May 2019) Free access to scientific content is often limited due to the fragile technical infrastructure around it: content is stored in a variety of versions at various locations and without any uniform search functionalities. The Open Access initiative Knowledge Unlatched has addressed this growing problem and is now launching the Open Research Library […]

May 24, 2019 - 9:23 am
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The bibliographic data of the National Diet Library can be freely used for various purposes

(7 May 2019) The bibliographic data of the National Diet Library (not including body text) became available for anyone at no charge, whether the purpose of use is commercial or non-commercial, from April 1, 2019. The bibliographic data includes authority data (data of authors and keywords which are arranged for use as clues when searching […]

May 14, 2019 - 8:54 am
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