Open Access

Whitepaper: boosting open access publications with content marketing

(13 Mar 2020)  Open access (OA) is meant to bring us closer to open science. So, what is hindering progress? The truth is, accessing the literature is only half of the story. The other half is the obstacle created by the use of specialised language in the scientific literature. An inability to understand the meaning […]

March 13, 2020 - 1:26 pm

Measuring the success of transformative agreements

(12 Mar 2020)  Rick Anderson, Associate Dean for Collections and Scholarly Communication in the J. Willard Marriott Library at the University of Utah, seeks to measure the “success” of experience existing transformative agreements. Scholarly Kitchen has the full story here.  

March 13, 2020 - 9:51 am

Identifying Open Science skills for library staff & researchers

(10 MAR 2020)  From LIBER: The array of knowledge, skills and competencies needed to practice Open Science (OS) effectively can be daunting for many librarians and researchers, particularly those who are new to OS concepts and practices.  Identifying which skills are needed is the first step for anyone wishing to upskill themselves or others in […]

March 11, 2020 - 8:53 am

Read-and-Publish Open Access deals are heightening global inequalities in access to publication

(21 Feb 2020)  One of the most significant impacts of Plan S (the drive to initiate an open access transition in scholarly publishing) has been to accelerate interest in national level read-and-publish deals. Whilst these deals have streamlined open access provision in the Global North, Jefferson Pooley argues that they lock in and exacerbate existing inequalities in scholarly […]

February 27, 2020 - 1:55 pm

Smithsonian releases 2.8 million free images

(25 Feb 2020) The Smithsonian announced today the launch of Smithsonian Open Access, an initiative that removes Smithsonian copyright restrictions from about 2.8 million of its digital collection images and nearly two centuries of data. This means that people everywhere can now download, transform and share this open access content for any purpose, for free, without further […]

February 27, 2020 - 1:40 pm

Report: Evaluation of the cancellation of the Bibsam Consortium’s journal agreement with Elsevier

(14 Feb 2020)  National Library of Sweden recently published its report on “Evaluation of the cancellation of the Bibsam Consortium’s journal agreement with Elsevier: Consequences of the cancellation 2018-2019”. The report gives a detailed description on the background of the cancellation, and how the cancellation effect on researchers, publishers, and research organizations within the consortium. […]

February 26, 2020 - 10:41 am

A Publisher’s perspective on the 1st year of the open access transformation deal

(15 Jan 2020) On January 15th, 2019 Wiley was the first publisher to sign a transformational agreement with Projekt DEAL. We talked to Lorna Stimson, Publishing Director Germany, Wiley, about the implementation of the Projekt DEAL agreement at Wiley and wanted to hear about her experiences with hosting Projekt DEAL related events at eligible institutions across […]

February 26, 2020 - 10:16 am

ACM’s new open access agreements: a Q&A with Scott Delman

(10 Feb 2020)  From Scholarly Kitchen: As many Scholarly Kitchen readers will know, in late January it was announced that the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) had signed new open access (OA) publishing agreements with four major US universities. There has been lots of public conversation about these agreements, but I decided to go to the source for some […]

February 11, 2020 - 1:27 pm

Japan: NII work with COS to promote open science

(28 Jan 2020)  National Institute of Informatics (NII, Director General: Masaru Kitsuregawa, Tokyo, JAPAN) signed an international exchange agreement (Memorandum of Understanding: MOU) with the Center for Open Science (COS, Executive Director: Professor Brian Nosek, Charlottesville, Virginia, US) in the United States on 29th October 2019. Through this agreement, the two organizations aim to contribute […]

February 10, 2020 - 2:20 pm

CMAJ drops paywall

(14 Jan 2020) Starting today, all new Canadian Medical Association Journal content is now freely available online, with older material becoming available on March 1, 2020. Previously, CMAJ research articles, editorials and news stories were freely available, and other content including commentaries and practice articles were only fully available after one year. Dr. Andreas Laupacis, editor-in-chief of the journal, says […]

January 27, 2020 - 9:08 am

ACM signs new open-access agreements with leading universities in US

(23 Jan 2020) ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery, entered into transformative open access agreements with several of its largest institutional customers, including the University of California (UC), Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and Iowa State University (ISU). The agreements, which run for three-year terms beginning January 1, 2020, cover both access […]

January 27, 2020 - 9:02 am

Eight publishers to volunteer pricing info in pilot study for transition toward transparent OA

(14 Jan 2020) To help transition toward transparent open access (OA), eight journal publishers, including SpringerNature, PLOS, and Annual Reviews, will share anonymized pricing information with a limited group. This is part of a test of a transparency template proposed today in a report commissioned by cOAlition S, a group of funders leading a push […]

January 20, 2020 - 2:59 pm

Paris Musées releasing copyright-free digital images into the public domain from Jan 2020

(9 Jan 2020)  In a major step towards greater open access in France, Paris Musées is releasing its digital collections into the public domain with a CC0 waiver. Europeana’s Douglas McCarthy spoke with Philippe Rivière, Head of Communication and Digital at Paris Musées. The full interview is here.

January 17, 2020 - 12:51 pm

Karger introduced discount and waiver policy for APC based on country income

(14 Jan 2020)  Karger Publishers has flipped five journals to Open Access and concluded transformative agreements in the Czech Republic, Germany, and Switzerland. In addition, a waiver policy for publication in Open Access journals was introduced. Karger Publishers continues to work actively toward a transition to Open Access (OA), including plans to “flip”, or convert, […]

January 14, 2020 - 6:03 pm

OA transparency report launched at Berlin conference

(14 Jan 2020) An independent report aiming to improve the transparency of open access (OA) prices and services is calling for a customer-centric, collaborative and pragmatic approach to the issue. The report, published by Information Power and released at the APE conference in Berlin today (14 Jan), is the outcome of a project funded by Wellcome and UK Research […]

January 14, 2020 - 2:53 pm