Copim and SCONUL webinar “”Exploring practical problems and potential strategies to fund equitable OA book publishing” Jan 25, 2024, 10am (GMT) | Zoom registration

SCONUL and Copim Open Book Futures invite you to join a webinar featuring UK library leaders from a range of institutions to explore the difficulties of funding open access books, and how different libraries have developed strategies to tackle these challenges.

There is a growing shift towards open access (OA) for books, with policies such as UKRI mandating OA publication and a number of OA presses springing up at different universities. But when some institutions are not eligible for funding, and budgets are under increasing pressure, can libraries support this shift to open access for books? If so, how might it be done?

The challenges include: budget constraints, a lack of adequate funding (or byzantine administration to access it), scant institutional buy-in higher up the chain, and even “we don’t know where to start”. When one-off Book Processing Charges (BPCs) cost too much to be practical, what other options are available?

This session will begin with a frank discussion of the challenges of supporting OA for books, before featuring case studies of how some different libraries have devised solutions and potential routes to OA for books. These include exploring collective programmes, in which each library pays a small amount to jointly fund OA initiatives; setting up an institutional outlet of one’s own; new strategic policies and ringfenced OA budgets, and more.

This webinar will create a forum for discussion, and equip attendees with advice and practical strategies, with case studies from a range of libraries in the UK that have begun to make important steps in this direction.


Chaired by Andrew Barker – Library Director, Lancaster University
Phil Brabban – Library Director, Coventry University
Dominic Broadhurst – Head of Content & Discovery at The University of Salford
Anna Clements – Director of Library Services & University Librarian, University of Sheffield

PUB IN/DIAMAS Webinar “Good Practices in Diamond Open Access (journals)”, Dec 06, 2023 | Zoom registration

This session has as its theme the quality and sustainability of magazines in open access diamond. It aims to be a space to discuss the best practices, ways to promote the quality and sustainability of editorial projects. The presentation of the speakers will be recorded and there will be a space for questions, which can be asked at the time or before (through the last question of this form).


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Esta sessão tem como tema a qualidade e a sustentabilidade de revistas em acesso aberto diamante. Pretende ser um espaço para discutir as melhores práticas, formas de promover a qualidade e a sustentabilidade dos projetos editoriais. A apresentação das oradoras será gravada e existirá um espaço para perguntas, que podem ser feitas no momento ou previamente (através da última pergunta desta formulário). Mais informação:


FAIR-by-Design Methodology: how to develop FAIR materials | FAIR-IMPACT

“The “FAIR-by-Design Methodology: how to develop FAIR materials”  will take place on 4 December 2023 from 15:00-16:00 CET. Registration for the workshop is free but mandatory.

One of the premises of successful training on how to adopt Open Science is that you should practice what you preach. Therefore, the development of FAIR learning materials that can be easily reused by both trainers and learners is a key ingredient in the Open Science approach and should not be an afterthought.

The FAIR-by-Design Methodology that will be introduced in this webinar aims to provide a systematic approach that will integrate the FAIR principles into the process of learning materials development. The aim of this webinar is to provide a closer look at the defined FAIR-by-Design workflow wherein each stage focuses on different aspects of the materials design process. Discuss and learn how one can practically implement the proposed methodology to ensure that the final result will be high-quality FAIR materials. This event is organised in conjunction with Skills4EOSC project.”

Call for proposals – Open Repositories Conference 2024

“OR2024 provides an opportunity to explore and reflect on the ways repositories enable transparent and sustainable information and data. How can we better utilize repositories for empowering global progress? How can we develop the capacity of institutions to implement sustainable open repositories to improve data equity worldwide and support the SDGs? How can the repository community harness AI responsibly to support their goals? 

We particularly welcome proposals aligned to the overall theme, but also on other administrative, organisational, or practical topics related to digital repositories. We are interested in the following sub-themes:

Transparency: Promoting research  transparency
Community: Elevating underrepresented communities
Sustainability : Opening research for climate justice

Submission categories will include posters, workshops, lightning talks, roundtable discussions, papers, and panels. We look forward to the vibrant conversations and learning opportunities of the conference.”

EOSC Symposium 2024 – EOSC Association

“We are happy to announce that the EOSC Symposium 2024 will be held 21-23 October 2024, in Berlin. The EOSC Association, with the support of EOSC Focus, will assume the organisational responsibility for the EOSC Symposium in 2024, which will be a critical event on the path to EOSC post-2027. The EOSC Symposium 2024 will build on the success and momentum established by the 2023 event, organised as in previous years by the EOSC Future project, while also expanding the potential for on-site participation.”

Enhancing Public Access to the Results of Research Supported by the Department of Health and Human Services – A Workshop

“This National Academies public workshop, which is sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), will provide a venue for stakeholders to discuss steps that HHS agencies, including the NIH, Administration for Children and Families, Administration for Community Living, and the Food and Drug Administration, could consider to help ensure changes to public access policies promote equity in publication opportunities for investigators. The workshop will focus on topics related to scholarly publications and convene interested individuals and communities, including authors, investigators, research institutions, libraries, scholarly publishers, scientific societies, healthcare providers, patients, students, educators, and research participants.”

How publishers can support authors with requirements for Open Access books – Jisc

“UKRI’s open access policy for monographs, book chapters and edited collections goes live on 1 January 2024.

In preparation for policy launch, this webinar will help those who support open access at their institutions understand how publishers enable authors with funder requirements to make long-form research outputs publicly available and how this can assist with engagement with authors about the policy and completing stage 1 and 2 of the funding application….”

Research publishing is broken, how do we fix it? An Octopus community catch-up

“Join us for the final Octopus community catch-up of 2023, as we look ahead to 2024 and beyond.

This time, we’ll work together to examine some of the existing issues in research publishing, including those outlined in a recent report from the University of Bristol. As a group, we’ll discuss practical solutions to resolve these issues, considering how Octopus might support this. 

As always, there’ll be news and updates from the Octopus team, as well as time for questions at the end of the session….”

Ouvrir la Science – International workshop “Software, Pillar of Open Science”

“Software has now become essential in all areas of scientific research, both as a research tool, as a research product and as a research object. In the quest to make research results reproducible, and pass knowledge to future generations, we must preserve these three main pillars: research articles that describe the results, the data sets used or produced, and the software source code that embodies the logic of the data transformation. The preservation of software source code is as essential as preserving research articles and data sets.

The main aim of this in-person half-day event, organized by the Committee for Open Science, is to bring together high-level stakeholders from a variety of backgrounds, including founders, research evaluation bodies, infrastructures and academic Open Source Program Offices (OSPOs), researchers, software research engineers, to share their experiences and views on research software.

The workshop will feature 3 panel sessions in which speakers will focus on major dimensions of relevance to software in Open Science:

Recognize and support the dissemination of software
Software as a key pillar for reproducible research
Highlight the social impact of software…”

By the Book 9: Crafting Value in Today’s Book World, June 26-28, 2024 | Filozofska fakulteta Univerze v Ljubljani

Crafting Value in Today’s Book World
Navigating the 21st century’s challenges and opportunities in trade, academic, and educational publishing

By the Book9
26 to 28 June 2024
University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Arts, Slovenia

Conference of the European Publishing Studies Association

The European Publishing Studies Association (EuroPub) is committed to promoting dialogue about the modern book trade. The By the Book conference serves as a nexus for industry experts, educators, and researchers to explore pivotal aspects of book publishing and to advance the discipline of publishing studies. Now celebrating its ninth edition, By the Book integrates academic insights with industry perspectives. Presentations will take different forms to accommodate the range of academic and industry voices that make By the Book such a unique conference. In past years, our discussions have covered themes from the art of curation to the intricate dynamics within the publishing sector.

By the Book9 delves into the formation of value in the consumer and scholarly book industry, whilst predicting future transformations. A focal point of our discussions this year will be the pressing challenges faced by everyone in crafting sustainable value, whether technological, economic, or social. The profound significance such value has on the landscape of the industry prompts us to assess the habits and strategies among industry stakeholders — from authors, publishers and editors to booksellers and readers.


Possible topics for papers include but are not limited to:

·      Cultural Value: Celebrating and promoting diversity, inclusion, and representation in both content and among creators.
·       Educational Value: Producing content that enlightens, informs, and educates, fostering lifelong learning.
·       Entertainment Value: Crafting compelling narratives and engaging content that captivates readers.
·       Historical Value: Preserving and presenting histories, narratives, and voices that might otherwise be overlooked or forgotten.
·       Aesthetic Value: Prioritizing high-quality book design, typography, and production, enhancing the tactile and visual pleasure of books.
·       Innovative Value: Embracing new technologies and formats, from ebooks to audiobooks, to enhance accessibility and reach.
·       Economic Value: Adopting sustainable business models and practices that ensure profitability and fair compensation for all stakeholders.
·       Ethical Value: Championing fair trade practices, environmentally friendly production, and ethical treatment of all contributors.
·       Collaborative Value: Fostering partnerships and collaborations between writers, publishers, illustrators, distributors, and other stakeholders.
·       Social Value: Engaging with societal issues, facilitating dialogue and understanding, and supporting community-building through literature.
·       Authenticity: Prioritizing genuine voices, original perspectives, and true-to-life narratives.

The conference will also feature a thread dedicated to publishing education. We invite proposals showcasing teaching best practice, innovative student projects, and other related subjects. Delegates will have the opportunity to discuss publishing education insights, industry collaborations, and upcoming trends.

Contribution formats

The conference welcomes contributions in English from international researchers, including industry practitioners and PhD students. The committee invites proposals of the following types:

1. Research paper (including pedagogical research)
20-minute presentation of research outcomes

2. Poster presentation
A3 poster (and in digital form) which visualizes research outcomes or projects, accompanied by a 5-minute introduction of the poster

3. Group proposal for round table discussion of key issues
1-hour discussion including questions

4. Best practice in teaching publishing studies
15-minute presentation of case studies (e.g. live projects, group work, special assignments)

Submission of proposals

Proposals should be of around 250 words together with a short (100-word) biography of the participant/s. Subject to peer review, a selection of the best papers will be published in a special issue of the premier publishing journal Logos.

Contributions are to be submitted via the online form no later than Thursday 11 January 2024.

For further information please contact us at

Conference fee

The conference fee is 275 euros, including for those who would like to attend without presenting a paper. There is a reduced rate of 125 euros for PhD students

Conference “What do we want (or not want) from publishers?”, April 18, 2024 | Universiteiten van Nederland

Looking beyond the current Dutch contract with Elsevier

UNL, NFU and NWO are delighted to announce a one-day conference entitled “What do we want (or not want) from publishers? Looking beyond the current Dutch contract with Elsevier” that will take place on Thursday, April 18 2024 in the Domstad Conference Centre, in Utrecht.