Open Access Week Interview: Iva Melinš?ak Zlodi – DIAMAS

“To mark this year’s OA Week, we spoke with different members of our project team to discuss what the theme of community/commercial means for DIAMAS, why community values are essential for our project, and how we hope to impact the publishing ecosystem.

First up, we have librarian, Iva Melinš?ak Zlodi, from the University of Zagreb, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (FHSS) Library….”

Latin America Exemplifies What Can Be Accomplished When Community Is Prioritized Over Commercialization — International Open Access Week

“The open access movement was launched with the bold vision of “uniting humanity in a common intellectual conversation and quest for knowledge.”[1] When the Budapest Open Access Initiative (BOAI) first defined open access (OA) in 2002, we suggested that “an old tradition and a new technology have converged to make possible an unprecedented public good.”[2] Yet twenty years later, while we have succeeded in opening up almost half of all scholarly communications to read, the commercialization of the movement has created new barriers for authors. As a result, today we are witnessing the widening of the North-South divide. 

To realign open access with the original aspirational goals of the movement, last year the BOAI offered new recommendations which highlight that “OA is not an end in itself, but a means to further ends. Above all, it is a means to the equity, quality, usability, and sustainability of research.”[3] Our four high-level recommendations address systemic problems that obstruct progress toward these ends and attempt to refocus the movement on community over commercialization. To do this, the BOAI20 Recommendations call for:

Support for community-controlled infrastructure

Reform of research assessment and rewards

Movement away from APCs and read-and-publish agreements 

When one looks at the global OA movement, the region that pioneered community-driven non-commercial OA is Latin America. The Global North can learn much from this region, which has prioritized community over commercialization….”

The Urgency of Putting Community Over Commercialization — International Open Access Week

“To better surface how organizations reflect a commitment to “Community over Commercialization” in their own work, a series of profiles are available on the Open Access Week website that showcase the many ways communities can be prioritized in the shift to open research.

This week provides an opportunity to join together, raise awareness around the importance of community control of knowledge sharing systems, and take action—over the coming days and year-round. Participate in the discussion online using the hashtag #OAweek, and if you’re not already joining an event this week, consider taking part in one of the many locally organized discussions below….”

Statement from Martha Whitehead Celebrating Open Access Week 2023 | Harvard Library

“This year’s International Open Access Week theme, “Community Over Commercialization,” provides a welcome focus on a version of open access we advocate for at Harvard Library: collaborative scholarly publishing models with no article processing charges (APCs).

Commercialization itself isn’t the issue — in academia we routinely pay fees for commercial services, and commercialization is often a desirable outcome of research and innovation. Our objection is the extractive model of scholarly publishing in which huge APCs of up to $10,000 per article are levied by commercial publishers, while researchers contribute the articles and peer review for free. This model has advanced profit-driven open access, but not equitable open access. Essentially it works against the original ethos of open access, which was to reduce barriers and enable the free flow of ideas and knowledge across the research ecosystem and to the public at large.

This is why rights retention is one of the foundational elements of the equitable open access models we support at Harvard Library. This year we’re celebrating the 15th anniversary of unanimous votes by faculty in Harvard’s Faculty of Arts & Sciences and the Harvard Law School to give Harvard a nonexclusive, irrevocable right to distribute their scholarly articles for any non-commercial purpose. Other Harvard schools and research centers subsequently voted to establish similar open access policies, and “the Harvard model” has been adopted by nearly 100 institutions and policymakers around the world. As well, we’re delighted to be celebrating the 10th anniversary of our Copyright First Responders program, which helps advance teaching, learning, and scholarship through community engagement with copyright questions, not just at Harvard but in many regions of the country….”

Open Access Journal Editors Panel: Fostering Community – LibCal – The University of Oklahoma Libraries

“The 2023 International Open Access (OA) Week will take place October 23 – 29, and OU Libraries invites faculty, staff, and students to join us in celebrating and learning more about the work of open access journal editors. OU Libraries partners with our editors to publish seven open access journals, which make high quality research on a variety of topics freely available to a global audience. This year’s OA Week theme is “Community Over Commercialization” and is an opportunity to collectively engage in conversations about approaches to open access publishing with respect to the best interests of the public and academic communities.

This event will include a panel discussion featuring the following speakers, followed by a question and answer period during which the audience will have the opportunity to learn more about the panelists’ experiences with open access.

Cristóbal Salinas Jr., Ph.D., co-editor-founder of the Journal Committed to Social Change on Race and Ethnicity (JCSCORE)

In this presentation, Dr. Salinas will provide an overview of the history and impact of the Journal Committed to Social Change on Race and Ethnicity (JCSCORE) will be discussed. Scimago Journal & Country Rank and the Directory of Open Access Journals confirmed that there is a lack of journals with a primary focus on research related to race and ethnicity, and JCSCORE is the only international journal that aims primarily to publish scholarship with a focus on race and ethnicity in education. Although many peer-reviewed journals use the terms diversity, multiculturalism, social justice, and inclusion in an effort to demonstrate a commitment to these words, there is still a need for peer-reviewed journals that focus on race and ethnicity….”

International Open Access Week 2023: Community over commercialisation – Leeds University Libraries Blog

“This year’s theme for International Open Access Week (October 23 – 29) is ‘community over commercialisation’ which has a special resonance here at Leeds as we rely on the amazing work of our university community to promote the principles and practice of open research.

Whether through the 75 open research case studies published this year, our Wikimedia Champions project or the Knowledge Equity Network, this includes research staff, students and professional services.

You can read more about this work in the recent Inside Track article from Claire Knowles and Bernadette Moore, including selected case studies: Helping transform lives through open research….”

Dawn of the Zombie Journal: New Poster (and T-Shirt) Celebrate History of OA Community Activism | Open Library of Humanities

To celebrate Open Access Week 2023 (and its proximity to Halloween), the OLH is launching the Zombie Poster. This commemorates the term ‘zombie journal’, first used by linguists in 2015 following the mass resignation of editors at the Elsevier journal Lingua. Protesting Elsevier’s claim to ‘own’ their journal, the international linguistics community boycotted Lingua and launched the community-owned open access journal Glossa in its place (published by the OLH). What was left behind was dubbed ‘Zombie Lingua’.