The Libraries’ Will Cross receives a Fulbright to study open knowledge and copyright across the EU | NC State University Libraries

“Will Cross, Director of the Libraries’ Open Knowledge Center (OKC) and Head of Information Policy, will be a 2022-2023 Fulbright-Schuman Innovation Fellow studying the future of copyright law and open knowledge practices and policies across the EU.

His project, titled “Community-Based Copyright Literacy in the European Union: Codes of Fair Practice as Core Open Knowledge Infrastructure,” will be centered in the Netherlands where he will study the copyright literacy practices of Dutch researchers, conduct comparative research across the EU and explore the Codes of Fair Practice model for knitting together national laws in order to create shared open knowledge practices. As a Fulbright-Schuman Fellow, Cross will work with partners including the Institute for Information Law (IViR) in the Netherlands and consortium members participating in the reCreating Europe Project. …”

Librarian perspective: Q&A with Curtis Brundy, Associate University Librarian for Scholarly Communications and Collections at Iowa State University

“[Q:] Can you talk about the divide between Scholarly Comms Librarians and Collections Librarians and how this might be bridged?

[A:] Libraries have traditionally placed their scholarly communications and collections work in distinct organizational silos. This has meant, in many cases, that the values that inform a library’s work in scholarly communications do not actually inform the work done in collections. This is an issue of values alignment. If we care about information equity, privacy, and intellectual freedom with our scholarly communications work, then we should also care about these things with our collections work. At Iowa State, we have just adopted a new collection and open strategies policy that centers our library’s values in our collection work. We have also integrated our scholarly communications efforts with our collections efforts to eliminate organizational barriers.

It is not uncommon for US research libraries to spend close to half of their operating budget on collections and acquisitions. Aligning our scholarly communications work and values with collections helps a library to shift this spending from traditional collection procurement to open investing, which will help incentivize and support the transition to a more equitable scholarly publishing system. I believe these types of changes are becoming more common in US libraries….”

Open and Shut?: The OA interviews: Richard Gallagher, President & Editor-in-Chief, Annual Reviews

“Annual Reviews (AR) recently announced that over the next 18 months it aims to make its entire portfolio of 51 academic journals freely available under a new journal publication model known as Subscribe to Open (S2O).

Annual Reviews is a pioneer of S2O, having first trialled it in 2017 with its journal Annual Review of Public Health. A number of AR’s other journals have subsequently been converted to S2O and the publisher is now hoping to migrate its entire journal portfolio to the new model….

In light of AR’s announcement, I emailed a number of questions to the President & Editor-in-Chief of AR, Richard Gallagher. Those questions, and Gallagher’s replies, are published below….”

Professor Ramin Zabih named arXiv faculty director | blog

“arXiv, the world’s leading open access research sharing platform, is pleased to welcome Professor Ramin Zabih as faculty director.

Zabih is a computer science professor at Cornell Tech and president and founder of the Computer Vision Foundation (CVF). His research focuses on computer vision and its applications, especially in medical imaging. He trained at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Stanford University, and he has authored or coauthored more than 265 papers that have been cited more than 32,000 times….”

Towards a new reward system for open science

The transition to an open science system affects the entire research process. The reward systems also need to be adjusted in order to support and mirror the open research landscape, but what will this work look like, and what will change? We met Gustav Nilsonne, chair of the European working group dealing with the issue and a participant in the SUHF working group on merit reviews.

What we are working on: 2022-05-06 | Invest in Open Infrastructure

“…Thank you to everyone who provided input to the “Defining Open Scholarly Infrastructure” draft report – we have now closed the open comment period. We will be reading and addressing your comments and will publish the final report early June. We’re also reviewing our public comment process to help make it more inclusive in the various stages of the work so we can incorporate more feedback earlier in the scoping process. We look forward to iterating towards a more participatory process.

We are scoping and conducting new preliminary investigations on topics including training for open infrastructure and tools and community governance. Watch this space for more about these investigations in the next few weeks!

We are finalizing a first version of the documentation for the Catalog of Open Infrastructure (COIs) and preparing the next phase of work. More about our plans for COIs and how you can participate next week!

We welcome Samuel Moore to the team! Sam will be building on his previous work on governance and community-led models in scholarly communication to help enrich our work in this critical area. His contribution will improve our understanding as we work to identify key frameworks for good governance in open infrastructure.

Our Community Oversight Council hosted its first community discussion with Afua Bruce and Amy Sample Ward, the authors of The Tech That Comes Next. Thank you to everyone who participated in the discussion – we will publish the recording and a short summary next week, here on our blog.

With our Governance and Nominating Committee, we are scoping out the work to strengthen our governance processes and establish our Financial Oversight Group.

We are exploring and setting up communication tooling and processes, including tools for social media scheduling and customer relationship management. The aim is to make our communication efforts more efficient and scalable, as well as to improve our data practices.

We have updated our privacy policy to better reflect how we collect, process, and store data. We will continue to work with ZwillGen to look at how we can be more ethical, transparent, and accountable in the ways we handle data….”

Sanjay Sarma to step down as vice president for open learning | MIT News | Massachusetts Institute of Technology

“After nearly a decade running MIT’s digital learning platforms and education initiatives, Vice President for Open Learning Sanjay Sarma will step down from that post at the end of June, President L. Rafael Reif announced today in an email to the MIT community.


Sarma, who is the Fred Fort Flowers and Daniel Fort Flowers Professor of Mechanical Engineering, has been responsible for MIT Open Learning, which includes the Office of Digital Learning, the MIT Integrated Learning Initiative (MITili), the Center for Advanced Virtuality, and the Abdul Latif Jameel World Education Lab (J-WEL). Since 2012, he has led MIT Open Learning, first as director, then as dean, and finally as MIT vice president for open learning….”

Authors Alliance Welcomes Dave Hansen as Our Next Executive Director! | Authors Alliance

“Authors Alliance is delighted to announce that Dave Hansen will join the Authors Alliance team in June as our next Executive Director. Dave was previously the Lead for Copyright and Information Policy and Associate University Librarian at Duke University. In that role, he supported authors in navigating copyright and publishing issues and led the library’s information policy initiatives. We are thrilled to have Dave on board and will update our readers with more information and updates as Dave’s start date approaches. Please join us in welcoming Dave to the team!”

Interviews with the lab protocol community – insights from an Academic Editor and a reviewer – EveryONE

“What do you think are the benefits of lab protocols for open science?

RK: PLOS ONE journal in collaboration with has developed a unique and state-of-the-art platform for publishing lab protocols. This is a well-timed and useful innovation. The development of scientific knowledge is based on a variety of methodological approaches bordering on art. Because of the increasing complexity of scientific methods and their diversity, an appropriate forum or open science platform is needed, where the research community can present the best solution and point out the problems that may be encountered in other laboratories. Such a platform should of course be open, and in this form, it is really effective.

AF: Improving data reproducibility in research is one of today’s most important issues to address. Providing clear and detailed protocols, without limitation of words or space, is an effective way to communicate optimized protocols. This will directly help to improve data reproducibility between labs, as well as provide a thorough record of procedures that have been published in parallel. Improving communication of optimized protocols helps to drive robust research, allowing people to build their own research on already thorough studies, and not spend excessive time optimizing protocols based on poorly executed or explained protocols. …”

A Reorganization at Elsevier – The Scholarly Kitchen

“In terms of [Judy] Verses herself, she brings experience not only with a variety of technology and platform businesses but also on open access. In recent years, some of Wiley’s early leadership on open access seemed to come, perhaps coincidentally, where Elsevier stumbled. Most famously, while Elsevier continues to be locked out of Germany, Wiley struck a notable transformative agreement with Projekt DEAL. Wiley’s creativity and opportunism on such deals took place under Verses. It seems clear that Elsevier is very much hoping that Verses will further develop the customer-centric flexibility and innovation that Bayazit has promised the academic library community, not only with transformative agreements but also with the big deal itself, as seen in its recent NERL agreement. …

Will Bayazit and Verses together be able to reposition Elsevier as a dominant open access and platform provider that is allied with its academic and government customer community??

Elsevier appoints Judy Verses as President, Academic and Government Markets

Elsevier, a global leader in research publishing and information analytics, is pleased to announce the appointment of Judy Verses to the newly created role of President, Academic and Government Markets. Judy will join Elsevier on May 2, 2022, as a member of the company’s executive leadership team, reporting to Kumsal Bayazit, CEO; she will be based in Amsterdam.

Judy will be responsible for Elsevier’s global strategy for product development, sales, marketing, academic relations and research intelligence solutions to serve the needs of academic researchers, librarians, research leaders, policymakers and funders. She will be instrumental in building on Elsevier’s extensive open access (OA) offerings that include more than 600 gold OA journals, over 2,000 institutions served by transformative deals around the world and some 119,000 OA articles published in 2021. Judy will oversee the company’s broad product portfolio aimed at academic and government customers, including…


Annual Reviews’ Subscribe To Open: From Idea To Full Adoption – The Scholarly Kitchen

“This April, Annual Reviews announced that for 2023 they will offer all 51 of their journals under the Subscribe to Open (S2O) business model, with the intention of becoming a fully open access (OA) publisher.

Three years ago, I interviewed Richard Gallagher, President and Editor-in-Chief of Annual Reviews, and Kamran Naim, Director of Partnerships and Initiatives, about the organization’s rationale for pursuing OA and the details of S2O. Since that time, I’ve kept in touch with Richard and have been intrigued by his strategy to expand the reach of S2O based on experimentation, iteration, learning, and evidence.

With this latest announcement expanding the S2O model to all of Annual Reviews’ publications, it was time to speak with  Richard again!…”

eLife welcomes Fiona Hutton as new Head of Publishing | For the press | eLife

eLife is pleased to announce Fiona Hutton as its new Head of Publishing.

Originally a life scientist specialising in cancer virology, Hutton brings 20 years of STM publishing experience to eLife, including her most recent positions as Head of STM Open Access Publishing and Executive Publisher at Cambridge University Press, UK. She formally begins her role with eLife today, taking over from Interim Head of Publishing Peter Rodgers.

Diversity matters in digital scholarly technology – A conversation with Mark Hahnel

“Mark Hahnel is the CEO and founder of Figshare, which he created whilst completing his PhD in stem cell biology at Imperial College London. Figshare currently provides research data infrastructure for institutions, publishers and funders globally. He is passionate about open science and the potential it has to revolutionize the research community. For the last eight years, Mark has been leading the development of research data infrastructure, with the core aim of reusable and interoperable academic data. Mark sits on the board of DataCite and the advisory board for the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ). He was on the judging panel for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Wellcome Trust Open Science prize and acted as an advisor for the Springer Nature master classes….”

An open future for education : Maha Bali

“In Episode 3 we speak to Maha Bali. Maha Bali comes from a family of medical doctors but she fancied studying computer science. This was not to last however, as it didn’t gel with personality as an extrovert. She then made the happy option of becoming an educator. 

She is currently an Associate Professor of Practice at the Centre for Learning and Teaching at the American University in Cairo.

Maha’s love of interacting and connecting with people led her to co-found Virtually Connecting, a grassroots movement that challenges academic gatekeeping at conferences. She is also the co-facilitator of Equity Unbound, an equity-focused, open, connected intercultural learning curriculum….”