News – Nominations now open for the OLH Library Board

“As part of our 2023-2030 plan for sustainable growth of the OLH, we are pleased to announce that the OLH Library Board is being re-constituted as one of three elected Advisory Boards. 

As a strictly not-for-profit publisher with no shareholders, the OLH exists purely for the intellectual and academic good of the research that we publish. This mission is shared by hundreds of stakeholders who work closely with us in extending diamond open access to the humanities – including scholars, librarians, students, other publishers, and open-source activists. We are governed by a Board of Trustees and three advisory boards: the Academic Advisory Board, the Library Board and the Publishing Technology Board. The boards meet bi-annually to review the OLH’s overall performance, discuss research and development for different user groups, vote on strategic and operational issues, and liaise with relevant stakeholders….”

Visualizing the Impact of the University of Michigan Press Fund to Mission Initiative

“In the humanities, the monograph often acts as the lab where scholars experiment and engage with other thinkers. Despite the valuable ideas emerging from these fields, the academic community has struggled to find sustainable ways to make humanities monographs open access. Grant money and other funding is often less available to these scholars than to their counterparts in the sciences. As a result, the academic and publishing communities have had to explore new ways to make the turn to open. Fund-to-Mission from the University of Michigan Press is one such project to open the humanities….”

OPERAS welcomes Spain

Welcome Spain

Please scroll down for the Spanish version: Desplácese hacia abajo para ver la versión en español

OPERAS is pleased to welcome two new members from Spain: the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT) as new core member and the Spanish National Research Council State Agency (CSIC) as ordinary member. This is a very important step for OPERAS to extend the community to Spain. Together with Spain, OPERAS is now active in 22 countries.

The participation of Spain comes at a very interesting moment to align actions in favour of Open Science:

Pilar Rico-Castro (Head of the Unit for Open Access, Repositories and Academic Journals at FECYT):

FECYT is joining OPERAS as the national node for Spain. This will reinforce our role as public service providers for the diamond academic publishing system and open the door for all our research-performing organisations’ national community to join OPERAS as ordinary members. FECYT is a public entity depending on the Ministry for Science and Innovation that contributes to the design and implementation of the Open Science policies. We provide technical support, funding and certification services to our National academic publishing community, both journals and books, and to our institutional repositories. These include the ARCE service for the professionalisation of Spanish scientific journals, the biennial open call for scientific journals assessment, the annual call for collections of monographs assessment, the OJS-based open edition platform RECYT and our role in DIAMAS, which aims to create a European standard of good publishing practices. Becoming members of OPERAS will deeply benefit the implementation of the National Open Science Strategy based on sustainable, non-commercial and public-based digital infrastructures and will contribute to support the development of an ecosystem of science based on accessible, interoperable, and open scientific information. Besides, it will reinforce our public services’ internationalisation strategy set through our role in the EOSC Steering Board, the EOSC Association, OpenAIRE, LA Referencia and COAR.

Elea Giménez Toledo (Tenured Scientist at the Institute of Philosophy at the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) and Chair of the OPERAS Scientific Advisory Committee:

Joining OPERAS means for Spain a great opportunity to connect the scientific community of the Humanities and Social Sciences with the main lines of work in scholarly communication, scholarly publishing, open science, knowledge transfer, research evaluation or terminology. It will allow us to strengthen the internal debate on all issues affecting scholarly communication in the Humanities and Social Sciences and to put our projects and realities in contact with European ones.

Pierre Mounier (OPERAS Co-Coordinator):

Having FECYT and CSIC as new OPERAS members is of primary importance for us and the coronation of a long-term effort from multiple sides. The representation and the inclusion of Spain in the OPERAS community is particularly crucial for us: Spain is an essential part of European culture and knowledge production and has a strong tradition of high-quality scholarly publication in humanities and social sciences. The linguistic dimension of this cooperation is also essential as Spanish has a global scope that extends well beyond the limits of Europe. I want to sincerely thank Elea Gimenez Toledo and Pilar Rico Castro for their constant support all along the process and want to share with our Spanish colleagues from all parts of the country our enthusiasm and impatience to start collaborating with them to widen open access to knowledge in the humanities and social sciences.

OPERAS is glad to do this important step and welcome the Spanish community. Find more details about the new members below:

Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT)

The Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology, F.S.P. (FECYT), is a public foundation under the Ministry of Science and Innovation. Its mission is to catalyse the relationship between science and society, promoting the growth of Spanish scientific culture and fostering knowledge transfer through outreach, education, training, information, and advice. It collaborates with other agents and stakeholders in the Science, Technology, and Innovation System to internationalise Spanish science, generate and analyse data, and provide support in scientific information management and open science promotion.

Its vision is a society that actively engages with and benefits from a science-informed perspective within an open and inclusive Science, Technology, and Innovation System. This framework enables progress in critical thinking and personal and civic development.

Its values are: Collaboration, FECYT believes in creating value through strategic institutional partnerships, promoting cooperation, participation, and interdisciplinary teamwork; Innovation, FECYT works openly to identify and incorporate emerging trends, adapting to changes in our environment, and fostering a culture of innovation; Social commitment, FECYT is ethically committed to citizens, demonstrated through transparent management, citizen participation, gender equality, citizen education, promotion of scientific culture, and open and accessible science for all;  People-oriented, FECYT team is its most valuable asset, responsible for its achievements and outcomes; Excellence, through d continuous improvement for the best use of our resources and for increasing quality, allowing for more satisfactory results and generating new capabilities and skills; and Interdisciplinarity, FECYT form multidisciplinary teams to manage projects, with the ability to address actions from different professional areas.

Agencia Estatal Consejo Superior De Investigaciones Cientifícas (CSIC)

The Spanish National Research Council State Agency (CSIC) is the largest public research organisation in Spain, the fourth-largest public research institution in the European Union and the sixth in the world. Attached to the Ministry of Science and Innovation, with an independent legal personality, the CSIC plays a key role in scientific and technological policy in Spain and around the world. 

Its aim is the promotion, coordination, development and dissemination of multidisciplinary scientific and technological research to contribute to the advancement of knowledge and economic, social and cultural development, as well as the training of personnel and advice to public and private entities in these fields. 

The CSIC carries out research, innovation and training in all fields of knowledge – from the most basic or fundamental aspects of Science to the most complex technological developments – distributed in three global areas: Life, Society and Matter. These areas include human and social sciences, food science and technology, biology, biomedicine, physics, chemistry and materials, natural resources or agricultural sciences, among others.

For this purpose, it has more than 11,000 employees, of which almost 4,000 are research staff, distributed in its 121 research institutes throughout the Spanish territory, except the Spanish School of History and Archaeology in Rome (Italy). Of these, 69 are fully owned by the CSIC. Of the other 52, 50 are co-owned and two are associated centres, all in collaboration with other Spanish universities or research institutions. Additionally, it has three National Reference Centres (INIA, IGME and IEO).

In February 2021, the CSIC received the HR Excellence in Research logo, in recognition of the institution’s commitment to developing a human resources strategy for researchers, to reinforce its alignment with the Charter & Code principles.


Spanish version:

OPERAS da la bienvenida a España

OPERAS se complace en dar la bienvenida a dos nuevos miembros de España: la Fundación Española para la Ciencia y Tecnología F.S.P. (FECYT) como nuevo miembro principal y al Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC) como miembro ordinario. Se trata de un paso muy importante para que OPERAS extienda su comunidad a España.Con la adhesión de España, OPERAS está presente ya en 22 países.

La participación de España llega en un momento muy interesante para alinear acciones a favor de la Ciencia Abierta:

  • La reciente publicación en España de la Estrategia Nacional de Ciencia Abierta.           
  • Las recientes reformas legales de la Ley de la Ciencia, la Tecnología y la Innovación en 2022 y de la Ley Orgánica de Universidades en 2023, a favor de la Ciencia Abierta.
  • El papel protagonista de FECYT en el proyecto Developing Institutional Open Access Publishing Models to Advance Scholarly Communication (DIAMAS), la primera iniciativa financiada por el programa narco Horizon Europe que aborda nuevos modelos de publicación académica .
  • El proyecto especial del Gobierno de España con fondos europeos de recuperación PERTE Nueva economía del lenguaje, cuyos motores están directamente relacionados con los grupos de trabajo y acciones de OPERAS.
  • Las iniciativas a favor de la reforma de la evaluación de la investigación y el debate sobre modelos editoriales más sostenibles.
  • La Presidencia española del Consejo de la Unión Europea en el segundo semestre de 2023.

Pilar Rico-Castro (Jefa de la Unidad de Acceso Abierto, Repositorios y Revistas Académicas de FECYT):

FECYT se incorpora a OPERAS como nodo nacional para España. Esto reforzará nuestro papel como proveedores de servicios públicos para el sistema de publicación académica diamante y abrirá la puerta a que toda la comunidad nacional de instituciones de investigación pueda unirse a OPERAS en calidad de miembros ordinarios. FECYT es una entidad del sector público estatal, dependiente del Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación, que contribuye al diseño e implementación de las políticas de Ciencia Abierta. Prestamos servicios de apoyo técnico, financiación y certificación a la comunidad de edición académica nacional, tanto de revistas como de libros, y a los repositorios institucionales de acceso abierto. Entre ellos destacan el servicio ARCE para la profesionalización de las revistas científicas españolas, la convocatoria bienal de evaluación de revistas científicas, la convocatoria anual de evaluación de colecciones de monografías, la plataforma de edición abierta RECYT basada en OJS y nuestro papel en DIAMAS, a través del cual colaboramos en crear un estándar europeo de buenas prácticas editoriales. Convertirnos en miembros de OPERAS beneficiará profundamente a la implementación efecyiva de la Estrategia Nacional de Ciencia Abierta, basada en infraestructuras digitales públicas, sostenibles y no comerciales y contribuirá a apoyar el desarrollo de un ecosistema de ciencia basado en información científica accesible, interoperable y abierta. Además, reforzará la estrategia de internacionalización de nuestros servicios públicos establecida a través de nuestro papel en el EOSC Steering Board, la Asociación EOSC, OpenAIRE, LA Referencia y COAR.

Elea Giménez Toledo (Científica Titular del Instituto de Filosofía del Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC) y Presidenta del Comité Científico  de OPERAS:

La adhesión a OPERAS supone para España una gran oportunidad para conectar a la comunidad científica de Humanidades y Ciencias Sociales con las principales líneas de trabajo en comunicación académica, publicación académica, ciencia abierta, transferencia de conocimiento, evaluación de la investigación o terminología. Nos permitirá reforzar el debate interno sobre todas las cuestiones que afectan a la comunicación académica en Humanidades y Ciencias Sociales y poner en contacto nuestros proyectos y realidades con los europeos.

Pierre Mounier (Co-Coordinador de OPERAS):

Contar con la FECYT y el CSIC como nuevos miembros de OPERAS es de suma importancia para nosotros y la coronación de un esfuerzo a largo plazo desde múltiples frentes. La representación y la inclusión de España en la comunidad OPERAS es especialmente crucial para nosotros: España es una parte esencial de la cultura europea y de la producción de conocimiento, y tiene una fuerte tradición de publicaciones académicas de alta calidad en humanidades y ciencias sociales. La dimensión lingüística de esta cooperación también es esencial, ya que el español tiene un alcance global que se extiende mucho más allá de los límites de Europa. Quiero agradecer sinceramente a Elea Giménez Toledo y a Pilar Rico Castro su apoyo constante a lo largo de todo el proceso y deseo compartir con nuestros colegas españoles de todas las partes del país nuestro entusiasmo e impaciencia por empezar a colaborar con ellos para ampliar el acceso abierto al conocimiento en humanidades y ciencias sociales.

La Fundación Española para la Ciencia y Tecnología, F.S.P. (FECYT)

La Fundación Española para la Ciencia y Tecnología, F.S.P. (FECYT) es una fundación pública dependiente del Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación. Su misión es catalizar la relación entre ciencia y sociedad, promoviendo el crecimiento de la cultura científica española y fomentando la transferencia de conocimiento a través de la divulgación, la educación, la formación, la información y el asesoramiento. Colabora con otros agentes y actores del Sistema de Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación para la internacionalización de la ciencia española, la generación y análisis de datos y el apoyo en la gestión de la información científica y la promoción de la ciencia abierta.

Su visión es una sociedad que participa activamente y se beneficia de una perspectiva informada por la ciencia dentro de un Sistema de Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación abierto e inclusivo. Este marco permite avanzar en el pensamiento crítico y el desarrollo personal y cívico.

Sus valores son: Colaboración, FECYT cree en la creación de valor a través de alianzas institucionales estratégicas, promoviendo la cooperación, la participación y el trabajo en equipo interdisciplinar; Innovación, FECYT trabaja abiertamente para identificar e incorporar tendencias emergentes, adaptándose a los cambios de nuestro entorno y fomentando una cultura de innovación; Compromiso social, FECYT está éticamente comprometida con los ciudadanos, demostrado a través de una gestión transparente, la participación ciudadana, la igualdad de género, la educación ciudadana, la promoción de la cultura científica, y la ciencia abierta y accesible para todos; Centrada en las personas, el equipo de FECYT es su activo más valioso, responsable de sus logros y resultados; Excelencia, a través de dinámicas de mejora continua que optimicen los recursos e incrementen la calidad, permitiendo obtener resultados más satisfactorios y generar nuevas capacidades y habilidades; e Interdisciplinariedad, FECYT forma equipos multidisciplinares para la gestión de proyectos, con capacidad para abordar actuaciones desde diferentes ámbitos profesionales.

El Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC) 

El Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC) es la mayor institución pública dedicada a la investigación en España y una de las primeras de Europa. Adscrita al Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación, su objetivo es la promoción, coordinación, desarrollo y difusión de la investigación científica y tecnológica multidisciplinar para contribuir al avance del conocimiento y al desarrollo económico, social y cultural; así como la formación de personal y el asesoramiento a entidades públicas y privadas en estos campos. Su actividad científica se desarrolla a través de dos estructuras fundamentales: los institutos de investigación y los centros nacionales. Actualmente, el CSIC cuenta con más de 13.000 trabajadores en 121 institutos de investigación distribuidos por todo el territorio nacional, a excepción de la Escuela Española de Historia y Arqueología de Roma (Italia); de los cuales 69 son de titularidad propia, 50 mixtos y dos asociados. Asimismo, existen tres centros nacionales (INIA, IGME e IEO).


EU Funding

KU’s Open Access Collections for Libraries to Support in 2023 (North America)

“The year 2023 marks a significant milestone for Knowledge Unlatched’s library crowdfunding initiative, as it celebrates a decade of facilitating the publication of thousands of Open Access (OA) monographs. This landmark achievement has led to some exciting new developments at KU.

In this webinar, Alexandra Brown and Elaine Lambert will provide an overview of the new OA collections that libraries can support until the end of 2023. The webinar will also highlight the significant changes made to KU’s multi-disciplinary collection, KU Select, which now exclusively focuses on HSS subjects aligned with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. This shift aims to provide greater value to institutions and researchers and enables libraries to support timely, relevant, and sought-after OA content.”

Call for Contributions: Open Consultation on Innovative Outputs in the Humanities – ALLEA

“The ALLEA Working Group E-Humanities has launched an open consultation concerning draft recommendations on recognising digital scholarly outputs in the humanities. The goal is to gather broad feedback from active humanities researchers and institutions in order to tailor the recommendations to the community’s needs.

A link to the draft recommendations and instructions for contributing are available on the Working Group E-Humanities homepage, or can be accessed directly here: https://bit.ly/ALLEAehumanities …”

News – CESSDA Recognised for its contributions to Open Science best practices

“CESSDA [Consortium of European Social Science Data Archives] has been recognised in the new Horizon Europe Programme Guide and the Open Research Europe publishing platform for its contribution to Open Science practices. These recognitions highlight the importance of trusted repositories in Open Science practices, particularly in preserving and making research data accessible….”

 

Frankl | Towards an Author-Centered Open Access Monograph Program: Understanding Open Access Cultures in Scholarly Publishing | The Journal of Electronic Publishing

Abstract:  Author attitudes towards Open Access (OA) remains an important area of investigation in academic publishing. The successful implementation of new OA infrastructure and business models depend on their reception within scholarly communities. This paper proposes “Open Access Culture” — the set of beliefs, practices, and attitudes towards OA publishing shared by members of an academic field — as a framework to understand how OA innovations are and will be received by different scholarly communities. The investigation of OA culture helps identify the needs of individual academic fields (e.g., the importance of print publishing for a particular field), thus foregrounding author preferences in the publishing process. The University of Michigan Press (UMP) is drawing upon the OA Culture framework to aid the implementation of its OA monograph initiative. UMP has undertaken research (author survey as well as editor, author, and librarian interviews) to understand how the monograph initiative will integrate different fields. This paper presents results of this research demonstrating the application of the OA Culture framework to several fields, as well the Humanities, Arts, and Humanistic Social Sciences (HSS) more broadly. This is one way that University Presses may take an author-centered approach to OA publishing programs, one that foregrounds the needs of individual authors and considers their unique disciplinary context. Moreover, the paper offers a recent view of sentiments towards OA in the HSS and thus helps to contextualize the current OA landscape. 

 

Open Access: Benefits and Pitfalls for Political Scientists | Political Science Education and the Profession | APSA Preprints | Cambridge Open Engage

Abstract:  Who benefits from open access (OA) publishing? For whom does it present additional hurdles? We seek to understand the impact of the move to OA publishing models on scholars as producers of articles for academic journals. Specifically, we examine whether research funding, author gender and number, (location of) institutional affiliation, and the European or US origin of the journal affect the likelihood that an article is published OA. Our empirical analysis focuses on twelve well-respected journals. We find that research funding is consistently and positively associated with OA publishing, but also that relatively few articles are published OA. In addition, articles authored by scholars with European institutional affiliations are more likely than those with US institutional affiliations to be published OA. We discuss the implications of our findings and point to avenues for further work to better understand how OA affects scholars’ ability to publish their research in academic journals.

 

Nordic Journal of Criminology goes open access | Nordic Journal of Criminology

“This issue of the Nordic Journal of Criminology marks an important shift in the journal’s publication policy. In this issue, and in those to come, all articles will be published under Diamond Open Access, which means that they are distributed and preserved online with no fees to either reader or author. The hope is that this will broaden the journal’s readership and facilitate knowledge exchange on criminological issues across the Nordics and beyond. As described in previous editorials, the Nordic Journal of Criminology is a cross-disciplinary forum with a long history, which prioritizes research of Nordic relevance, and which cultivates diversity and international collaboration (Aromaa 2000; Tutenges 2022). With Diamond Open Access, we have a powerful tool to further solidify this forum.

This issue marks another important shift for the journal. We have a new publisher, Scandinavian University Press, along with a new website that you can visit here: https://www.idunn.no/journal/njc. We hope you will like it! On the website, new articles will be published on a rolling basis, meaning that they are made accessible as soon as the review and editing process is completed. We will continue the tradition of assembling articles in two annual volumes, but these will only appear online. Like so many other journals, we are switching to online only publishing and will no longer print and snail mail journal issues to subscribers, authors, and other key stakeholders….”

Diversity in the Stacks: The Open Access Pilot for Latin American Monographs | Penn Libraries

“This project provides universal free access to over 300 scholarly monographs published by the Latin American Council of Social Sciences….

In 2022, the Penn Libraries made a commitment to support open access publishing initiatives in Latin America by becoming a funding partner of the Latin American Research Resources Project Open Access Pilot for Latin American Monographs, already in its third year. This project provides universal free access to over 300 scholarly monographs published by the Latin American Council of Social Sciences (Consejo Latinoamericano de Ciencias Sociales or CLACSO), a research institution with headquarters in Argentina. Contributing to this initiative represents Penn Libraries’ values in supporting the development of open access, global, and sustainable collections….”

Open Access of Humanities Monographs | NISO Humanities Roundtable | June 20, 2023

“This day-length conference continues in the tradition of the previous 20 years by drawing on the expertise of scholarly associations, university presses, librarians, researchers, and more to provide participants with exciting discussions around the needs of those working in the humanities. This year’s program will examine how the transition to open access and the emergence of new technologies will shape the future of these disciplines. In addition to thought-provoking keynotes and expert panels, the event will include plenty of time for interactivity and discussion, providing a forum for stakeholders to come together and identify trends, share best practices, and set priorities that reflect the needs of the humanities community….”

Alignment of Top-Down Policies With Emerging Bottom-Up Practices: A Commentary on “(Why) Are Open Research Practices the Future for the Study of Language Learning?”

Abstract: In their article, Marsden and Morgan-Short comprehensively review the current state and development trajectories for key areas within open research practices, both in general as well as more particularly in the context of language sciences. As the article reveals, the scope of open research practices is enormous and essentially touches upon every aspect of performing and interacting with research. The authors touch upon the lack of an established metascience within language sciences that would help inform and guide development of research practices, but, as I see it, the problem is universal, and there would be benefit in creating a stronger and more cohesive metascience discipline in general. While researchers have established practices of research, education, and dedicated scholarly communication outlets within the philosophy of science, history of science, information science, and higher education policy, metascience has remained an area where the discussion is highly distributed and appears sporadically across diverse research disciplines. As Marsden and Morgan-Short’s review demonstrates, there are a lot of open questions relating to how to move forward on a global scale in the best interest of research and researchers. A more cohesive core of metascience would aid in the creation of immediately useful knowledge.

OPERAS welcomes EU Council Conclusions ‘supporting diversity and ensuring equity in scholarly publishing’

EU Council May 23

The Council of the European Union adopted on May 23 conclusions on the ‘high quality, transparent, open, trustworthy and equitable scholarly publishing’, in which it calls for immediate and unrestricted Open Access in publishing research involving public funds (Council conclusion).

OPERAS welcomes this official positioning of the council on diversity and equity in publishing academic results and the emphasis on:

that immediate and unrestricted open access should be the norm in publishing research involving public funds, with transparent pricing commensurate with the publication services and where costs are not covered by individual authors or readers

(Council conclusion p. 5)

The OPERAS Research Infrastructure aims to make Open Science a reality for research in the Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH) and achieve a scholarly communication system where knowledge produced in the SSH benefits researchers, academics, students and more generally the whole society across Europe and worldwide, without barriers.

To express our compliance with and pleasure about the conclusions we participate in a joint statement:

Open Science: stakeholders welcome European efforts towards publicly owned and not-for-profit scholarly communication

For European public research and innovation actors, scholarly knowledge is a public good. Publicly funded research and its results should be immediately and openly available to all without barriers such as subscription fees or paywalls. This is essential in driving knowledge forward, promoting innovation and tackling social issues.

Key representative organisations of the public research and innovation sector have welcomed today’s adoption of the ‘Council conclusions on high-quality, transparent, open, trustworthy, and equitable scholarly publishing’.

In a joint response, the signatories urge EU member states and institutions to continue their efforts towards a high-quality, transparent, open, trustworthy and equitable scholarly communication ecosystem, through stakeholder engagement, constructive dialogue with the public research and innovation sector, and with evidence-based reforms underpinned by the principles of open science.

Signatories include the European University Association (EUA), Science Europe, the Association of European Research Libraries (LIBER), the European Federation of Academies of Sciences and Humanities (ALLEA), the Association of ERC Grantees (AERG), the Marie Curie Alumni Association (MCAA), the European Council of Doctoral Candidates and Junior Researchers (Eurodoc), cOAlition S, OPERAS, and the French National Research Agency (ANR).

The public research and innovation sector is actively pursuing a not-for-profit scholarly communication ecosystem. Notable examples, among other initiatives, include: backing for not-for-profit open access publishing models (e.g. the Action Plan for Diamond Open Access); demand for more dependable and comparable data on the state of scholarly communication (e.g. the Journal Comparison Service); and emphasis on infrastructure development (e.g. OPERAS).

As such, the statement welcomes the Council of the EU’s encouragement of initiatives that align with the objective of developing a not-for-profit scholarly communication ecosystem and reiterates the signatories’ commitment to launch activities that will further engage their members in shaping the future of scholarly communication.

Joint statement

And OPERAS is especially delighted about the mentioning of Open Access books in the conclusions, a topic OPERAS has advocated for since its beginning:

ACKNOWLEDGES that publishing practices vary across disciplines, and EMPHASISES that some publication formats, such as monographs, books and long-text formats, especially in the social sciences and humanities, should continue to be supported, while promoting open access publishing and allowing for a diverse range of formats to co-exist, and for publishing in a range of languages

(Council conclusion p. 5)

The OPERAS Research Infrastructure develops services to directly support researchers, publishers, scholarly communication service providers and more on this path to publicly owned and not-for-profit scholarly communication. 

Besides the services catalogue OPERAS supports three EU-funded projects supporting community-driven pathways to equitable open scholarly publishing. OPERAS participates in CRAFT-OA and coordinates Diamas and PALOMERA. Despite their separate focus areas, together their efforts work towards a broad and common vision for a more open and equitable scholarly publishing ecosystem.

Join us on 20th June at 1 PM CEST to learn how three EU-funded projects – CRAFT-OA, DIAMAS, and PALOMERA – are working for an equitable future for scholarly communication, with academic communities at the centre.

In the webinar, you will be introduced to each project and their individual aims. Following this, the discussion will focus on how, despite their separate focus areas, their efforts work towards a broad and common vision for a more open and equitable scholarly publishing ecosystem.

CRAFT-OA empowers regional journal platforms and publishing service providers to upscale, professionalise, and reach stronger interoperability with other scientific information systems, by providing services and tools.

The DIAMAS project is developing common standards, guidelines and practices to build capacity for the Diamond publishing sector. Formulating recommendations of this kind aims to create a more sustainable future for Open Access Diamond Publishing in Europe.

PALOMERA has set out to provide actionable recommendations and concrete resources to support and coordinate aligned funder and institutional policies for Open Access books. Doing so involves assessing challenges and bottlenecks that currently slow the widespread implementation of Open Access book policy.

Predicting psychologists’ approach to academic reciprocity and data sharing with a theory of collective action | Emerald Insight

“This study found that data sharing among psychologists is driven primarily by their perceptions of community benefits, academic reciprocity and the norms of data sharing. This study also found that academic reciprocity is significantly influenced by psychologists’ perceptions of community benefits, academic reputation and the norms of data sharing. Both academic reputation and academic reciprocity are affected by psychologists’ prior experiences with data reuse. Additionally, psychologists’ perceptions of community benefits and the norms of data sharing are significantly affected by the perception of their academic reputation.”

Contrasting the open access dissemination of COVID-19 and SDG research | bioRxiv

Abstract:  This paper examines the extent to which research has been published open access in response to two global threats: COVID-19 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including climate change. We compare the accessibility of COVID-19 content versus SDG literature using the Dimensions database between 2000 and 2021, classifying each publication as gold open access, green, bronze, hybrid, or closed. We found that 79.9% of COVID-19 research papers published between January 2020 and December 2021 was open access, with 39.0% published with gold open access licenses. In contrast, just 55.7% of SDG papers were open access in the same time period, with only 36.0% published with gold open access licenses. Papers related to the climate emergency overall had the second-lowest level of open access at just 55.5%. Papers published by the largest for-profit publishers that committed to both the SDG Publishers Compact and climate actions were not predominantly published open access. The paper highlights the need for continued efforts to promote open access publishing to facilitate scientific research and technological development to address global challenges.