Open Access

SPARC Europe releases summary of Open Data Directive and guidance for its implementation

(31 Oct 2019) In July of this year, The Directive on open data and the re-use of public sector information, also called the “Open Data Directive” went into effect. To aid in the implementation of this new legislation, of which members states have until 16 July 2021 to transpose, SPARC Europe today is releasing a summary […]

November 7, 2019 - 9:09 am
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Leaked document on Elsevier negotiations sparks controversy

(6 Nov 2019)  In exchange for full open access Elsevier requests full cooperation in a number of (meta)data projects, a leaked negotiating document reveals. Initial responses to the proposed deal show a fear of ‘vendor lock-in’ and condemn tying open access to open science goals. ScienceGuide has more details here.  

November 7, 2019 - 9:02 am
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The state of OA in New Zealand. Report and a new statement on Open Scholarship from CONZUL

(25 Oct 2019) Work carried out this year by New Zealand’s Council of New Zealand University Libraries (CONZUL) Open Access Project Group shows a clear citation advantage for repository based OA over closed access articles. This great infographic summarizes their research. The full report is available here. Furthermore, CONZUL have updated their statement on open […]

October 31, 2019 - 11:09 am
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Webinar: from open science to inclusive science

(17 Oct 2019) EIFL and OpenAIRE are celebrating Open Access Week 2019 (21-27 October) with a series of webinars highlighting OpenAIRE activities, services and tools, and reaching out to the wider community with relevant talks. Webinar topic and presenter: From Open Science to Inclusive Science, presented by Paola Masuzzo (independent researcher and data scientist). Date and time: Friday, […]

October 18, 2019 - 9:37 am
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COAR and cOAlition S supporting repositories to comply with Plan S

(7  Oct 2019)  COAR and cOAlition S share a common aim to accelerate the transition to full and immediate Open Access to scholarly publications and COAR supports the vision and principles outlined in Plan S. Repositories offer a low-cost, high-value option for providing Open Access and are also a mechanism for introducing innovation in scholarly communication, […]

October 14, 2019 - 9:18 am
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Copyright Clearance Center announces RightsLink for Scientific Communications

(9 Oct 2019) Copyright Clearance Center, Inc. (CCC), a leader in advancing copyright, accelerating knowledge, and powering innovation, announces the release of RightsLink for Scientific Communications, formerly RightsLink Author, which builds on a market-leading platform to help publishers quickly model and support a wide variety of transformative agreements. Moreover, CCC offers professional services that help organizations […]

October 14, 2019 - 9:13 am
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Transitioning textbooks to open, lessons and insights

(26 Sep 2019)  A growing number of universities are exploring the use of open access text books. Are they the future teaching and learning materials? Universities are leading a grassroots rebellion shaking up the ecology of the scientific publishing sector. A growing number of universities and academics have set up their own presses in an attempt to […]

September 30, 2019 - 2:01 am
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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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