CERN moves closer to achieving full open access | CERN

“Since 2014, CERN has required that all peer-reviewed primary research articles from CERN authors are published open access (OA), i.e. freely available for anyone around the world to read and re-use with appropriate attribution. This policy reflects the moral imperative of CERN as a publicly-funded organisation – supported by contributions from its Member States – to ensure that the results of our work accrue benefits to all.

I’m pleased to report that we are close to achieving full policy compliance: in 2021, 93.7% of the 1058 publications from CERN authors were published OA. …”

A&A confirms open access in 2022 through Subscribe-to-Open

“Following the announcement made in October 2021 that Astronomy & Astrophysics (A&A) would move to the Subscribe-to-Open (S2O) open access model in 2022, the A&A board of directors and EDP Sciences are pleased to announce that A&A has now received the required level of support and will be published open access in 2022 under the terms of this transformative model….”

AIP Publishing Joins Initiative for Open Abstracts (I4OA) to Expand Access to Research – AIP Publishing LLC

“AIP Publishing has joined the Initiative for Open Abstracts (I4OA) to boost the discoverability of scholarly research and increase its impact by making journal article abstracts open and findable.

I4OA is a collaboration between scholarly publishers, librarians, researchers, and infrastructure organizations, to promote availability of journal-article and book-chapter abstracts in trusted repositories where they are open and machine-accessible. Through the Crossref infrastructure, I4OA brings abstracts together in a common format in a searchable cross-disciplinary database. This provides opportunities for analysis via text mining, natural language processing, and artificial intelligence….”

Preprint server removes ‘inflammatory’ papers in superconductor controversy | Science | AAAS

A debate over claims of room temperature superconductivity has now boiled over into the realm of scientific publishing. Administrators of arXiv, the widely used physics preprint server, recently removed or refused to post several papers from the opposing sides, saying their manuscripts include inflammatory content and unprofessional language. ArXiv has also banned one of the authors, Jorge Hirsch, a theoretical physicist at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), from posting papers for 6 months.

IOP Publishing Strikes a Transformative Deal with CRKN: Some Questions for Julian Wilson – The Scholarly Kitchen

“This week it was announced that IOP Publishing (IOPP) had signed a three-year “read and publish” transformative agreement with the Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN) – the first such agreement for IOPP in North America. I posed a few questions about the agreement to Julian Wilson, IOPP’s sales and marketing director.”

A FAIR and AI-ready Higgs boson decay dataset | Scientific Data

Abstract:  To enable the reusability of massive scientific datasets by humans and machines, researchers aim to adhere to the principles of findability, accessibility, interoperability, and reusability (FAIR) for data and artificial intelligence (AI) models. This article provides a domain-agnostic, step-by-step assessment guide to evaluate whether or not a given dataset meets these principles. We demonstrate how to use this guide to evaluate the FAIRness of an open simulated dataset produced by the CMS Collaboration at the CERN Large Hadron Collider. This dataset consists of Higgs boson decays and quark and gluon background, and is available through the CERN Open Data Portal. We use additional available tools to assess the FAIRness of this dataset, and incorporate feedback from members of the FAIR community to validate our results. This article is accompanied by a Jupyter notebook to visualize and explore this dataset. This study marks the first in a planned series of articles that will guide scientists in the creation of FAIR AI models and datasets in high energy particle physics.


Argonne scientists make high energy physics data more FAIR | Argonne National Laboratory

“For scientists, data is the lifeblood of research. Collecting, organizing and sharing data both within and across fields drives pivotal discoveries that make us better off and more secure.? 

Making data open and available, however, only answers part of the question about how different scientists — often with very different training — can draw useful conclusions from the same dataset. In order to promote and guide the cultivation and exchange of data, researchers have developed a set of principles that could make the data more findable, accessible, interoperable and reusable, or FAIR, for both people and machines. 

Although these FAIR principles were first published in 2016, researchers are still figuring out how they apply to particular datasets. In a new study, researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of California San Diego, University of Minnesota, and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have laid out a set of new practices to guide the curation of high energy physics datasets that makes them more FAIR. …”

IOP Publishing launches portfolio-wide transparent peer review on its OA journals  – IOP Publishing

IOP Publishing (IOPP) is moving all its open access (OA) journals to transparent peer review, making it the first physics publisher to adopt the approach portfolio-wide.

Transparent peer review involves publication of the complete peer review process, from initial review to final decision.?This means that alongside the published article, readers can see a full peer review history, including reviewer reports, editor decision letters and the authors’ responses. 

PARROT: A Pilot Study on the Open Access Provision of Particle-Discrete Tomographic Datasets | Microscopy and Microanalysis | Cambridge Core

Abstract:  In the present paper, as part of an interdisciplinary research project (Priority Programme SPP2045), we propose a possible way to design an open access archive for particle-discrete tomographic datasets: the PARROT database ( This archive is the result of a pilot study in the field of particle technology and three use cases are presented for illustrative purposes. Instead of providing a detailed instruction manual, we focus on the methodologies of such an archive. The presented use cases stem from our working group and are intended to demonstrate the advantage of using such an archive with concise and consistent data for potential and ongoing studies. Data and metadata merely serve as examples and need to be adapted for disciplines not concerned here. Since all datasets within the PARROT database and its source code are freely accessible, this study represents a starting point for similar projects.

IOP Publishing and the TIB – Leibniz Information Centre for Science and Technology announce three-year unlimited OA publishing agreement?

“Not-for-profit society publisher IOP Publishing (IOPP) and TIB – Leibniz Information Centre for Science and Technology have established a consortium agreement which enables researchers at participating German institutions to publish unlimited articles on an open access (OA) basis in 56 hybrid and 15 fully open access (OA) journals.?? 

The three-year transformative agreement brings the price of publishing services and reading access together in one central fee, eliminating any author-facing charges for OA publication in the eligible journals.?? …”

Ann Michael joins AIP Publishing as Chief Transformation Officer – AIP Publishing LLC

“AIP Publishing announced today that Ann Michael has joined the organization in the new role of Chief Transformation Officer. She will report to CEO Alix Vance as part of AIP Publishing’s executive management team.

Michael is charged with increasing organizational velocity, flexibility, and strategic alignment in data and analytics, new product development, and ongoing product operations….

Michael joins AIP Publishing after more than a decade as Founder and CEO of Delta Think, Inc, a strategic consultancy in scholarly communications working with influential organizations across the scholarly publishing ecosystem. She has also served as Chief Digital Officer at PLOS and has held several board and advisory roles in nonprofit, commercial, and startup organizations. Since the start of her career, Ann has been passionately interested in organizational evolution and working with organizations that are data driven and future focused.”

Learned Societies, Equity, and Open Access | In the Dark

“I think it’s relevant to raise some points about the extent that such organizations (including, in my field,  the Royal Astronomical Society and the Institute of Physics) rely for their financial security upon the revenues generated by publishing traditional journals and why this is not in the best interests of their disciplines….

When I criticized the exploitative behaviour of IoP Publishing some time ago in a recent blog post, I drew a stern response from the Chief Executive of the Institute of Physics, Paul Hardaker. That comment seems to admit that the high prices charged by IOP Publishing for access to  its journals is nothing to do with the real cost of disseminating scientific knowledge but is instead a means of generating income to allow the IoP to pursue its noble aim of  “promoting Physics”.

This is the case for other learned societies too, and it explains why such organizations have lobbied very hard for the “Gold” Open Access some authorities are attempting to foist on the research community, rather than the far more sensible and sustainable approaches to Open Access employed, for example, by the Open Journal of Astrophysics….

The other problematic aspect of the approach of these learned societies is that I think it is fundamentally dishonest. University and other institutional libraries are provided with funds to provide access to published research, not to provide a backdoor subsidy for a range of extraneous activities that have nothing to do with that purpose. The learned societies do many good things – and some are indeed outstandingly good – but that does not give them the right to siphon off funds from their constituents in this way.  Institutional affiliation, paid for by fee, would be a much fairer way of funding these activities….”

Biophysics Colab brings review and curation to biophysical preprints on Sciety

“Sciety is pleased to announce that Biophysics Colab, the latest group to be added to the platform, is driving forward its innovative experiment in the review and curation of new research posted as preprints.

Developed by a team within the non-profit initiative eLife, Sciety is a growing network where the latest biomedical and life science preprints are transparently evaluated and curated by communities of experts in one convenient place. These communities include PREreview, Peer Community In, Review Commons, eLife, the Novel Coronavirus Research Compendium and more. Following its addition to Sciety earlier this year, the non-profit Biophysics Colab is now regularly publishing preprint reviews on the platform….”