What's new in OA & scholarly publishing globally
- "Journal signatories will make all content concerning the Zika virus free to access. Any data or preprint deposited for unrestricted dissemination ahead of submission of any paper will not pre-empt its publication in these journals.
- Funder signatories will require researchers undertaking work relevant to public health emergencies to set in place mechanisms to share quality-assured interim and final data as rapidly and widely as possible, including with public health and research communities and the World Health Organisation."
The European Commission's Directorate-General for Research and Innovation intends to set-up an Open Science Policy Platform
to develop open science policy through a structured discussion with the main stakeholders.
As part of the Netherlands' continued aim to move towards full OA by 2014 VSNU, the association of The Netherlands Universities, released an ezine
that lays out key events and their approach to OA.
The Netherlands and Wiley
negotiated an offsetting deal to bundle APCs with subscription costs. This deal follows others with Elsevier
President Obama nominated
Carla Hayden, who has been a strong supporter of OA, to be the next Librarian of Congress.
released a statement
on the third anniversary of the White House Directive for expanding public access to the results of federally funded research. It noted the need to "invest in infrastructure to support the long-term, sustainable availability of research outputs," as well as calling for Congress to pass the
Fair Access to Science and Technology Research (FASTR) Act.
Meanwhile, in a great example of the the power of repositories Peter Suber
announced that Harvard now has more than 7 million downloads from its DASH repository
The start date for the UK's HEFCE OA policy
is very close. After 1st April 2016, to be eligible for submission to the next Research Excellence Framework, (REF), authors’ final peer-reviewed manuscripts that have been accepted for publication must have been deposited in an institutional or subject repository. The policy states: "Deposited material should be discoverable, and free to read and download, for anyone with an internet connection."
HEFCE also launched
an interactive map
of the the impact case studies
submitted to REF 2014
showing where the UK's research has had an impact globally.
Professor Adam Tickell, Chair of the Universities UK Open Access Coordination Group, delivered a report
to the UK Government on the UK OA policy. He concluded that "In order to continue to make progress in the transition to Open Access, and to maintain the UK’s leadership, no major changes to the UK’s approach are recommended.” The Minister of State for Universities and Innovation responded,
saying “I want the UK to continue its preference for gold routes where this is realistic and affordable” and went on “I also accept the validity of green routes which will continue to play an important part in delivering our open access commitment.”
A new OA mathematics journal, called Discrete Analysis
, launched. The journal is notable because it is a overlay journal of the preprint server arxiv.org
. Preprints - primarily in biology in this case - were also the topic of a conference, ASAPbio
, in February and which is now working post conference "in order to implement a sensible preprint system".
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