Open Access

Technical recommendations for next generation repositories

(28 November 2017) In April 2016, the Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR) launched the Next Generation Repository Working Group to identify new functionalities and technologies for repositories. In this report, COAR presents the results of the work of this group, including recommendations for the adoption of new technologies, standards, and protocols that will help […]

November 30, 2017 - 7:58 pm

New DOAJ Ambassadors in the Republic of Korea

(28 November 2017) Following training sessions last month in Seoul DOAJ has appointed three new Ambassadors and an honorary Ambassador in Korea. DOAJ has  also created a group of seven voluntary associate editors who will help DOAJ with applications coming from Southeast Asia. From 1st December 2017, the Ambassadors will start working on promoting DOAJ’s […]

November 30, 2017 - 8:37 am

Large-scale implementation of open access in China

(24 November 2017) At the end of October, the National Science Library, the Chinese Academy of Sciences (NSL, CAS), the National Science and Technology Library (NSTL) and ShanghaiTech University Library signed the Open Access 2020 Initiative. The Director of NSL, CAS, Mr. LIU Huizhou, said that open access is beneficial to scientific research, scientific communication […]

November 27, 2017 - 8:39 am

International coalition to help sustain DOAJ and its further development in the coming years

(9 November 2017) SCOSS (The Global Sustainability Coalition for Open Science Services) today announced that major organizations have recommended to their member institutions to support DOAJ with funding that will enable DOAJ to move towards a new crowdfunding effort and away from its incremental annual contribution system. Under the new model organisations will work towards sustaining DOAJ […]

November 10, 2017 - 9:58 am

Scholarly hub for scholars, not profit

(9 November 2017) A nonprofit scholarly networking and publishing platform is being planned as an alternative to for-profit platforms such as ResearchGate and The platform, called ScholarlyHub, will be member-run, but first its team must raise 500,000 euros ($579,705) to build it. The project is led by Guy Geltner, a professor of medieval history […]

November 10, 2017 - 9:48 am

Open access academic books downloaded, discussed and cited far more than traditional books

(7 November 2017, London)  A report from Springer Nature launched today shows there is a tangible benefit to publishing academic books using immediate, or ‘gold’, open access (OA) models. The research found that such books are: ·         Downloaded seven times more: On average, there are just under 30,000 chapter downloads per OA book within the […]

November 9, 2017 - 9:41 am

Register now for the SCOAP3 Forum 2017

(6 November 2017) SCOAP3 is hosting its annual online Forum on Thursday, December 7th 2017: an open event presenting achievements after almost four years and an outlook into the future of the initiative. The Forum also offers an opportunity to ask questions, and provide feedback to representatives of the SCOAP3 international governance and the operations team at CERN. […]

November 8, 2017 - 4:47 pm

ORCID 2017 public data file now available

(27 October 2017)  As in previous years ORCID celebrates Open Access Week by making its annual public data file available to the community under a CC-0 license. The data file is a snapshot of all information on ORCID records as of early October 2017, that has a visibility setting of Everyone – one of three visibility options that ORCID record-holders can use […]

October 28, 2017 - 4:00 pm

EIFL OA workshops in Myanmar

(19 October 2017) EIFL will host workshops for open access (OA) working groups and librarians from three Myanmar universities that are adopting OA policies and setting up OA institutional repositories. The three universities – Yangon University of Economics, Yadanabon University and Yezin Agricultural University – will use the opportunity to finalize OA policy documents, ensure […]

October 20, 2017 - 1:33 pm

Knowledge Unlatched to open up its central platform for the funding of Open Access models

(5 October 2017, Berlin) Knowledge Unlatched (KU) is pleased to announce its transformation into a central Open Access (OA) platform. Through this platform, KU will support publishers and OA initiatives by managing the funding processes for their OA models. It will also provide libraries and funders all over the world with one central place where […]

October 6, 2017 - 10:42 am

Hindawi partners with the Collaborative Knowledge Foundation to develop open science tools

(4 October 2017) London-based, open access publisher Hindawi Limited announced today that it has signed a partnership agreement with the Collaborative Knowledge Foundation (Coko) to develop open source publishing tools. Hindawi joins the Coko community’s work on the PubSweet framework, an open source platform for scholarly journals. Hindawi becomes the latest major partner in the […]

October 6, 2017 - 8:21 am

Wiley announces new Data Sharing and Citation policies to improve transparency in research

(14 September 2017, Hoboken, NJ)  John Wiley and Sons  today announced the launch of new data sharing and citation policies that will be implemented across all participating Wiley journals. Sharing data enables researchers to reuse experimental results and supports the creation of new work built on previous findings. These new policies will improve the efficiencies of […]

September 16, 2017 - 5:43 pm

South Asia Open Archives (SAOA)

(11 September 2017) Over the past year, a group of nearly 25 research libraries came together to create the new entity called the South Asia Open Archives (SAOA) — affiliated with the South Asia Materials Project (SAMP). The effort will establish a cooperative network among libraries from the US and across the Subcontinent, dedicated to creating a […]

September 14, 2017 - 12:11 pm

The Open Access Interviews: Justin Flatt on the Self-Citation Index

(6 September 2017) In a recently published paper, Justin Flatt and his two co-authors proposed the creation of the Self-Citation Index, or s-index writes Richard Poynder in his Open and Shut blog. The purpose of the s-index would be to measure how often a scientist cites their own work. This is desirable the authors believe […]

September 7, 2017 - 1:56 pm

Thesis Commons launched

(29 August 2017) The Center for Open Science (COS)  launched ‘Thesis Commons‘, a free, cloud-based platform for the submission, dissemination, and discovery of graduate and undergraduate theses and dissertations. It is built on an open-source infrastructure called the Open Science Framework (OSF) by which the authors can share their electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs) easily and […]

August 30, 2017 - 3:14 pm