Publishers cry poor on UKRI policy impact
In the UK, the Publishers Association has released its report on the economic assessment of the impact of the UKRI's Open Access Policy. The report can be found here. Here's some analysis of the report from @martin_eve
points out inconsistencies in the report.
DOAB migrates to new open environment
OA book provider, the Directory of Open Access Books has migrated to the open source DSpace6 and will remain free of charge. Read more.
Jisc takes on new transitional agreements with Oxford Uni Press & BMJ
A 12-month pilot 'publish and read' agreement has been signed between the BMJ and Jisc. The deal gives Jisc members full read access to the BMJ standard collection and allows member institution researchers to publish open access. Read more. Jisc has also signed a read and publish deal with Oxford University Press. Read more.
Wiley buys Hindawi
This purchase leading to yet more consolidation of publishing raises a number of issues, In particular, how it might affect transformative agreements. Read more.
OA subs plan for India
The Indian Government, in its draft Science, Technology and Innovation Policy, is proposing a 'One Nation, One Subscription' policy for scientific journals. It plans to buy bulk subscriptions of all important scientific journals across the world and provide them to everyone in India. Read more.
Open & good governance on LIS for societies
The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions has published a new statement about Open and Good Governance on the role of library and information services in improving the way societies are governed, both through optimal decision-making within government, and effective scrutiny and engagement by parliaments and wider populations. Read more.
MIT announces Direct to Open for OERs
The MIT Press has announced the launch of Direct to Open (D2O). A first-of-its-kind sustainable framework for open access monographs, D2O moves professional and scholarly books from a solely market-based, purchase model where individuals and libraries buy single eBooks, to a collaborative, library-supported open access model.
New agreement for Canadian researchers & PLOS
The Canadian Research Knowledge Network and PLOS have announced an agreement for network members to participate in a new collective action publishing model from PLOS, enabling 19 participating institutions to publish fee-free in PLOS Medicine and PLOS Biology. Read more.
PLOS makes deal with the Big Ten
The Big Ten Academic Alliance (US colleges) is the largest consortium to participate in PLOS’ Community Action Publishing with a full three-year pilot. PLOS has extended the benefits of this agreement to include most system, regional, and branch campuses of these universities. Read more.
Jisc and Springer Nature extend UK Compact agreement
The agreement was extended by including Nature's more prestigious academic journals. Read more.
Denmark & Elsevier sign an OA agreement
The agreement includes immediate, free, read access to Danish research publications published with Elsevier, OA publishing without additional charges, and read access to the existing Elsevier portfolio. Read more.
Ireland developing National Action plan to OA
Ireland has announced a new phase for Ireland’s National Open Research Forum marked by a revised structure and the beginning of a process to develop a National Action Plan that supports the National Framework on the Transition to an Open Research Environment. Read more.
Prestigious Unis are OA leaders
An Academic Analytics Research Center study has found greater rates of authorship of open access research articles among scholars at more prestigious institutions with greater access to resources and job security.
Twitter has permanently suspended Sci-Hub's account.
Facebook to remove false vaccine claims. Read more.
2021 marks start of the OA requirement for research funded by cOAlition S
This is a watershed year: Plan S requires that, from 2021, scientific publications that result from research funded by public grants must be published in compliant Open Access journals or platforms. Read more
OA diamond report
COAlition S and Science Europe have announce the publication of an in-depth report and recommendations arising from a study of community-driven open access (OA) journals across the world that are free for readers and authors, usually referred to as “OA diamond journals”.
- A vast archipelago (estimated at 29,000) of relatively small journals exists and serves a wide range of communities
- OA diamond journals are on the road to full compliance with Plan S
- Scientific strengths and operational challenges exist in a mix of areas from legal structures to technical capabilities to editorial processes or funding models
- OA diamond journals largely depend on volunteers, universities and government to operate
- Streamline technical support
- Ensure compliance with Plan S
- Build capacity
- Increase effectiveness
- Sustain and invest in the future
- Prepare an International Workshop and Symposium on OA diamond within 6 months to initiate a global conversation among different stakeholders
- Set up an OA diamond Funding Strategy within 1 year to implement funding recommendations
- Build the OA diamond Capacity Center within 2 years to support the implementation of recommendations
Repositories key links in the cOAlition S RRS
Adoption of the Rights Retention Strategy gives authors the security that acceptance of their article for submission ensures that they can eventually make their work OA either via the Version of Record (VoR), or the author accepted manuscript (AAM), independently of the choice of venue (fully OA or subscription journal). The RRS cuts through much of the confusion surrounding copyright transfer claims made by some publishers (see below).
Publishers oppose Rights Retention Strategy
A group of more than 50 academic publishers including Elsevier, Springer Nature & Wiley have signed a statement opposing the Plan S rights retention strategy, saying it challenges their ability to recoup the costs journals incur related to quality control and peer review through subscriptions or article processing fees. The publishers are also worried about the provision to make the accepted manuscript version of their article immediately available under a CC licence. Read more.
ORCID's Annual Report
Executive Director Chris Shillum said 2020 the COVID pandemic has brought renewed emphasis on the importance of scholarship and global cooperation. He hopes their work at ORCID has helped researchers find each other, trust each other, and work more rapidly together to solve critical problems. Download the report here.
Association of Research Libraries
Released its annual report - read it here.
15,000 milestone for LibriVox
LibriVox is a free public domain repository for audiobooks which are made available by volunteers who read, proof listen and help out with with technology. The catalogue has almost 2000 projects in 43 languages. Read more
10 years & 250,000+ OA images
More than 1/4 million nature images are freely available in the Biodiversity Heritage Library. They've been working on this since 2011 - you can get involved here
China-Aster and Fuchsia. Secret message: Caprice is a woman’s privilege. Osgood, Frances Sargent (editor). The Floral Offering, A Token of Friendship (1847). Art by J. Ackerman. Contributed in BHL from Chicago Botanic Garden, Lenhardt Library. Digitization sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).