Swedish presidency of Council of EU: Immediate open access ‘should be EU default’
The statement came after discussion among EU research ministers earlier this month. The presidency said “Making scholarly publications rapidly accessible to all contributes to high-quality research, Therefore, providing immediate open access to peer-reviewed research publications under open licences should be the default.” Read more
UNESCO capacity building index
UNESCO has designed an index for Open Science capacity building connecting people to resources to foster learning about open science and to support teaching open science. Last year a survey was launched to collect content. Browse the index here
DOAB continues to grow
In 2022 more than 18,000 books were added to the Directory of Open Books. More than 600 publishers are now on the DOAB's books with 87 new publishers added last year. More than 65,000 academic peer-reviewed books are now available via the platform. Read more.
DORA turns 10
This May the Declaration on Research Assessment will celebrate its10th Anniversary, with two plenary sessions - one of which is in this time zone
- and the opportunity for organisations and other groups to host their own event. Register or propose an event here
Flip to diamond funding @MIT Press
MIT Press has announced
a new initiative to flip existing subscription-based journals to a diamond open access publishing model. shift+OPEN
will be accepting submissions for subscription English-language journals in any field and from any part of the world. Intended for existing titles, it will cover the expenses of transitioning one journal to open access model for a three-year term, provide the Press’s full suite of publishing services, and support the development of a sustainable funding model for the future. Their focus will be on identifying a "modest sized" quarterly journal as the first title to be included in the pilot.
Fully OA publishers statement
Fully OA has issued a statement
supporting the US OSPT memo. The group, which formed as an Open Access Scholarly Publishing Association (OASPA) interest group, is limited to publishers who publish 100% of their journal content OA and are not mixed-model nor in any kind of transition to OA.
Apply for ASAPbio fellowship
Applications for the 2023 ASAPbio Fellows program is now open for applications. Participants will be given a comprehensive overview of the preprint and preprint review landscape as well as opportunities to explore trends, tools, and the outlook for preprints. They will also work on a preprint project. More info
Policy paper on digital ownership: Library Futures
US Advocacy group Library Futures (LF) has released a policy policy paper on digital ownership for libraries. The policy follows what LF describes as a dramatic digital shift by book publishers and ebook platforms away from traditional sales toward licensing content. Read more
Warning from DOAJ
The Directory of Open Journals (DOAJ) has issued a warning about a website & Twitter account from an organisation called ‘DOAJ Publications’ or ‘Doaj publisher’. The DOAJ says the company is not affiliated with them and believes it may be being used to deliberately mislead people. Read more.
cOAlition S publishes Plan S: Annual Review 2022
The report includes activities in 2022, discussions on support for various publishing models and highlights specific initiatives of cOAlition S funders. There is also a preview of plans for 2023. Read here
Clarivate launches Preprint Citation Index
The multidisciplinary Preprint Citation Index provides aggregates almost two million preprints from arXiv, bioRxiv, chemRxiv, medRxiv and Preprints.org. Clarivate plans to also add preprints from more repositories and display open peer reviews on the index this year. The preprints are not included in Clarivate's Web of Science Core Collection. Read more
OA in China
A Joint Report about Open Access has been prepared by China Association for Science and Technology and the International Association of Scientific, Technical, and Medical Publishers. Download the report here
JASPER journal saver project: Progress report
The Project JASPER
initiative was launched
in late 2020 to address the issue of OA journals disappearing from the web and involved the DOAJ, CLOCKSS, Internet Archive, ISSN International Centre (Keepers Registry) and the Public Knowledge Project. Read about what has happened.