Open Access

IOP’s new partner journal to cover extreme manufacturing

(19 Feb 2019) IOP Publishing has been chosen by a consortium of Chinese partners to publish their new journal, the International Journal of Extreme Manufacturing (IJEM). The new, open access journal will cover the science and technology of manufacturing functional devices and systems with extreme dimensions (extremely large or small) and/or functionalities under extreme conditions or environments. IJEM […]

September 9, 2019 - 10:15 am
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Toward a new kind of ‘Big Deal’

(30 Aug 2019)  University librarians and some academic publishers are optimistic about the possibility of reaching new agreements to make more academic articles fully open, but they acknowledge many challenges ahead. The University of California, which canceled its “big deal” with publisher Elsevier earlier this year after negotiations to establish a new agreement broke down, hosted a […]

September 7, 2019 - 3:29 pm
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Projekt DEAL and Springer Nature reach understanding on world´s largest transformative open access agreement

(22 Aug 2019) A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed today between MPDL Services, on behalf of Projekt DEAL, and Springer Nature sets the scene for the world’s most comprehensive open access (OA) agreement to be finalised later this year. Reaching such an understanding has been possible through acknowledgement of the common commitment of both parties to […]

August 23, 2019 - 8:47 am
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Research tools: China Biographical Database (freely accessible resource)

(8 Aug 2019)  The China Biographical Database is a freely accessible relational database with biographical information of approximately 427,000 individuals as of April 2019, primarily from the 7th through early 20th centuries. Users can query the system in terms of place, time, office, social associations and kinship, and export the results for further analysis with GIS, […]

August 9, 2019 - 9:45 am
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Cambridge announces open research platform, Cambridge Open Engage

(29 Jul 2019) Cambridge University Press is to expand their provision of open research services with the launch of its own early and open content platform Cambridge Open Engage. Built in-house, Cambridge Open Engage will use the state-of-the-art technology behind Cambridge Core, the online home for the Press’s books and journals, to publish early and open research […]

July 30, 2019 - 10:36 am
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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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