Category: Open Access

MIT Open Access Task Force releases white paper | MIT News

From MIT News:

“The ad hoc task force on open access to MIT’s research has released “Open Access at MIT and Beyond: A White Paper of the MIT Ad Hoc Task Force on Open Access to MIT’s Research,” which examines efforts to make research and scholarship openly and freely available. The white paper provides a backdrop to the ongoing work of the task force: identifying new, updated, or revised open access policies and practices that might advance the Institute’s mission to share its knowledge with the world.” 

Read more here:

Source: MIT Open Access Task Force releases white paper | MIT News

Open access — the movie | Nature

From Richard Poynder via Nature:

“Billed as a documentary, Paywall would be more accurately described as an advocacy film. Its intention seems to be to persuade viewers that the paywalls that restrict access to journal content online are an unnecessary hangover from the print era, and now serve only to perpetuate the excessive profits that legacy publishers such as Elsevier, Wiley and Springer Nature make from the public purse.

The film makes a convincing case that the paywall system creates problems — and that universal open access (OA) to scholarly articles would be better for society. But it fails to adequately explore the thorny challenges that arise with OA publishing.”

Read more here:
Source: Open access — the movie | Nature

cOAlition S | Science Europe

From Science Europe:

“On 4 September 2018, 11 national research funding organisation, with the support of the European Commission including the European Research Council (ERC), announced the launch of cOAlition S, an initiative to make full and immediate Open Access to research publications a reality. It is built around Plan S, which consists of one target and 10 principles.

cOAlition S signals the commitment to implement, by 1 January 2020, the necessary measures to fulfil its main principle: By 2020 scientific publications that result from research funded by public grants provided by participating national and European research councils and funding bodies, must be published in compliant Open Access Journals or on compliant Open Access Platforms.”

Read more here:
Source: Science Europe – cOAlition S

Foundations for Open Scholarship Strategy Development | Tennant et al.

From Jon Tennant et al.:

“The purpose of this document is to provide a concise analysis of where the global Open Scholarship movement currently stands: what the common threads and strengths are, where the greatest opportunities and challenges lie, and how we can more effectively work together as a global community to recognise the top strategic priorities. This document was inspired by the Foundations for OER Strategy Development and work in the FORCE11 Scholarly Commons Working Group, and developed by an open contribution working group.”

Read more here:

Source: Foundations for Open Scholarship Strategy Development

On the Effectiveness of APCs | ESAC

From the Efficiencies and Standards for Article Charges (ESAC) Workshop 2018:

“Institutions and consortia who manage publication charges on behalf of their authors need to gain a clearer understanding of pricing mechanisms as well as develop their own goals in this respect, in order to progress towards a sustainable and transparent APC market. To this end, the 3rd ESAC workshop in Munich was especially dedicated to this topic. Presentations on bibliometric and publication data analyses stimulated the dialogue among institutions and consortia negotiating open access based agreements.”

Read more about the workshop and download the outcome report here:

Source: 3rd ESAC Workshop 2018 – ESAC

Recommendations and guidelines for best practice | UUK Open Access Coordination Group

From the Universities UK Open Access Coordination Group (OACG):

“This series of reports follows the second Monitoring the transition to open access report in December 2017, and provides recommendations to solve issues around efficiency and operation for librarians, researchers and publishers, promote understanding of the benefits of open access publishing, and assist the long-term curation of articles.

Guidelines for good practice in achieving open access outputs have been produced by the Open Access Service Standards working group, which was established by the OACG to identify and articulate service-level expectations of all major stakeholders.”

OASPA members demonstrate another year of steady growth in CC BY article numbers for fully-OA journals – OASPA

From Claire Redhead via OASPA:

“A total of 1,128,721 articles were published with the CC BY license in open access-only (fully-OA) journals by members of OASPA during the period 2000-2017, with 219,627 of those being published in 2017 alone.”

Read more here:
Source: OASPA members demonstrate another year of steady growth in CC BY article numbers for fully-OA journals – OASPA

What’s new in OA? | Unlocking Research

From the Unlocking Research blog at Cambridge:

“The world of Open Access moves fast and it can be difficult to keep up. We run regular updates for our community here at Cambridge and following a recent webinar, figured a blog about it might be a good idea too. Strap yourselves in, this is a bumpy ride.”


Sweden draws the line
Europe no-deals
Springer sinks
ResearchGate shenanigans
All together now – UKRI
Wellcome Trust consultation
Responsible metrics?
Data monetisation
Ecosystem takeover

Read more here:

Source: What’s new in OA? | Unlocking Research

Recording and Slides Available from the Hot Topics Series: The 2.5% Commitment: Investing in Open –

From Carol Minton Morris at Duraspace:

“Members of Duraspace are among leaders of institutions from all over the world who share a belief that our digital scientific and cultural heritage should be preserved and made accessible for future generations. Members of DuraSpace have been invited to become part of a conversation that aims to begin an investigation into what it will take to sustain the emerging set of open technologies that underpin the open scholarly ecosystem we all depend on.The recording and slides from “The Future Will Be Open?” series kick-off webinar on May 17: “The 2.5% Commitment: Investing in Open” are now available. This webinar focused on David Lewis’ proposal for a 2.5% investment in open infrastructure and how it aims to make visible the investments academic libraries make in open infrastructure and content.”

Read more here:

Source: Recording and Slides Available from the Hot Topics Series: The 2.5% Commitment: Investing in Open –

Libraries Face a Future of Open Access – The Scholarly Kitchen

From Joseph Esposito via the Scholarly Kitchen:

“When librarians prepare for a negotiation, they now routinely reach for the muscle.

At least that’s how I read the news about the Swedish library consortium and its dealings with Elsevier. If you have been too preoccupied with the Royal Wedding to pay attention to news coming out of the world of STM publishing, you can get a good backgrounder here. Briefly, the Swedish consortium attempted to dictate terms to Elsevier, terms that Elsevier would not accept. The result is that Elsevier’s contract will be cancelled, meaning that there will be no authorized access to Elsevier content for the consortium users.”

Read more here:

Source: Libraries Face a Future of Open Access – The Scholarly Kitchen