OASPA Webinar: Shadow Libraries and Access to Knowledge: Origins, Policies, Legality, and Accessibility, May 12, 2pm (BST)

Large segments of the scholarly literature, both from backlist catalogues and new publications, continue to be only accessible behind paywall infrastructures. This poses a challenge to those scholars not affiliated with well funded research institutions, in particular in the Global South, exacerbating extant inequities. At the same time, the often cumbersome user interfaces of paywall-protected platforms continue to prevent efficient usage by researchers who do happen to have access to these materials. As a result, an ecosystem of so-called “shadow libraries” has evolved, developing different strategies to make closed content accessible to a wide scholarly public. Contrary to for example the music and movie industries, the academic publishing industry has been unable to formulate a platform solution that would provide an alternative. This OASPA webinar will address the origins and architecture of these forms of widely used online repositories, their position in relation to Open Access policies, legal aspects in terms of copyright and fair use, and what they can teach us in terms of accessibility. The webinar will be chaired by Vincent W.J. van Gerven Oei (punctum books) and we welcome panelists Arul George Scaria (National Law University Delhi), Martin Paul Eve (Birkbeck), Marcell Mars (Memory of the World, Pirate Care) and Balász Bodó (University of Amsterdam). Please join us live for this free webinar and contribute to the discussion and please share within your networks.

Claire Redhead: The argument for open access to all scholarship has never been more relevant

“Claire Redhead is one of the leading international open access advocators. She is heading Open Access Scholarly Publishing Association (OASPA) as its Executive Director. Prior to this, she was a Membership and Communications Manager at OASPA and worked for over two decades in academic publishing. With such a rich experience, her leadership role in the growing open access movement has been acknowledged as key to the rapid growth and expansion of open access throughout the global scholarly community.

In this interview for Open Interview with Santosh C. Hulagabali, Redhead talks exclusively on the recent trends and developments in global open access movement. She shares her humble beginning in publishing and open access fields and also her insights in further building OASPA for achieving its cause. She candidly shares her thoughts on some significant key changes, developments and indicators in open access publishing practices in the light of her experiments and professional practices at OASPA….”

Webinar: Making reporting easy and increasing visibility of open access publication output – a how-to webinar from OA Switchboard publisher participants – OASPA

“Join us live for three publisher case studies on how to connect to OA Switchboard to make reporting easy and increase visibility of OA publication output. Our speakers will cover the different options for interacting with OA Switchboard (manual, via API or custom connector), illustrated by their own real-life experiences and lessons learned. Our tech partner will add background information and best practices across all publishers operational on OA Switchboard, as well as with future trends that are shaping….”

We’re hiring! New opportunity for a Program Manager at OASPA – OASPA

“We are looking for someone passionate about open access to join our team!  The OASPA Program Manager will be responsible for leading a range of activities that directly support OASPA’s mission, including convening committees and working groups at the board and member level, identifying promising new initiatives, developing projects, and contributing to community initiatives on open access….”

Welcoming DOAB as an OASPA member – OASPA

We recently welcomed DOAB (Directory of Open Access Books) as an OASPA member in the Supporting Services and Infrastructure (Non-Commercial) category. DOAB joins 190 OASPA members and more than 30 others in the  supporting services and infrastructure category that provide significant services and/or support to open access publishing.  

We asked Tom Mosterd, Community Manager, a few questions so we could learn more about the organisation and its connection to open scholarship and decision to become an OASPA member. 

Welcoming DOAB as an OASPA member | OASPA

We recently welcomed DOAB (Directory of Open Access Books) as an OASPA member in the Supporting Services and Infrastructure (Non-Commercial) category. DOAB joins 190 OASPA members and more than 30 others in the  supporting services and infrastructure category that provide significant services and/or support to open access publishing.  

We asked Tom Mosterd, Community Manager, a few questions so we could learn more about the organisation and its connection to open scholarship and decision to become an OASPA member.

Policy into Action: the UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science under the spotlight – actions for publishing

“OASPA is pleased to announce our next webinar which will focus on the UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science (https://unesdoc.unesco.org/ark:/48223/pf0000379949.locale=en) and the practical actions open access editors and publishers take to implement them. Practical guidelines for open access publishers will be discussed and co-developed together during and after the webinar.

We welcome our speakers:
Ana Persic who will present the UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science and its connections to scholarly publishing,
Roheena Anand from PLOS,
Krzysztof Siewicz from the Polish Library of Science and;
Raoul Kamadjeu from the Pan African Medical Journal, who will share their approaches to implementing the UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science.

The panellists will each speak for 12 minutes, and then we will open it up to questions from the audience and discussion on the practical steps that publishers take. The webinar will be chaired by Iryna Kuchma, EIFL….”

We’re hiring! New opportunity for a Program Manager at OASPA. End of play: March 25, 2022.

We are looking for someone passionate about open access to join our team! The OASPA Program Manager will be responsible for leading a range of activities that directly support OASPA’s mission, including convening committees and working groups at the board and member level, identifying promising new initiatives, developing projects, and contributing to community initiatives on open access. OASPA is a not-for-profit membership organisation comprising a diverse and growing community of organisations engaged in open scholarship. OASPA’s work to run mission-supporting activities is led by a small but dedicated and enthusiastic staff team, overseen by a Board of Directors. We’re looking for someone who works well independently and will enjoy contributing to the growth of this small, mission-driven organisation. Key responsibilities Ensure the smooth organisation and delivery of individual OASPA programs, in support of our strategy and mission Identify, recommend and execute initiatives that support the whole OASPA community Coordinate and lead OASPA working groups and committees in key areas of open access, including the development of new groups in alignment with OASPA’s strategy Contribute to external community projects as a representative of OASPA Relationship building with open access stakeholders and allied organisations Required skills and experience Essential Deep understanding of open access and the dynamics for global stakeholders Established network of relationships within scholarly communication and open scholarship Knowledge of open access business models Experience of the publishing process Minimum of 5 years experience in a scholarly publishing-related setting with at least 2 years specialism in open access Excellent communications skills at all levels Proven ability to independently devise and manage projects, able to put ideas into action, lead and think strategically Independently driven and well-organised, able to set schedules and prioritise accordingly Desirable Experience of working remotely or for a virtual organisation Experience of working in a mission-driven organisation Details Salary range: €40,000 to €50,000 per annum, dependant on skills and experience 2 year fixed-term position with possible extension The position is offered as full time (part time will be considered for a candidate with the right experience but who is unable to work full time, salary pro-rata) Please note this is a remote working position. We are set up to employ staff by contract in the UK however applications from self-employed individuals are welcome from anywhere in the world. In such cases, the time difference relative to the UK will be a key consideration. Equal Employment Opportunity: OASPA is a founding member of C4DISC and an adopting organisation of the Joint Statement of Principles. All applications are considered with these principles as a basis and on which our organisation and the way we operate is grounded. To apply, please send your CV with covering letter to Claire Redhead, Executive Director (claire.redhead@oaspa.org). Informal questions from potential applicants are welcome. Closing date for applications: Friday 25th March, 2022

Webinar – Business Models for Open Access Books: A Compendium – OASPA

“OASPA is pleased to announce our next webinar which will focus on business models for open access books. It will present a new online resource, in which a range of open access book presses from different countries around the world share their business model including: how it works, why it took the form it did, and the specific factors that shape and guide its ongoing development. The collection will be open for other presses to add their own business models, and it will be a resource for consultation by anyone interested in this issue.

The webinar will be chaired by Lucy Barnes of Open Book Publishers, an independent, non-profit and scholar-led OA press based in the UK, who will also speak about the project as a whole. We welcome our panelists, who represent several of the presses contributing to the collection: Francois van Schalkwyk who will present on African Minds, an open access, not-for-profit publisher based in South Africa; Beth Bouloukos will cover Lever Press, an open access press supported by more than 50 liberal arts institutions in the USA; Julien McHardy will speak about Mattering Press, a UK-registered charitable publisher of OA books; and Vincent W. J. van Gerven Oei will conclude on punctum books, an independent, OA, para-academic and queer-led press based in California.

The panellists will each speak for 10 minutes, and then we will open it up to questions from the audience and discussion.”

Webinar – Business Models for Open Access Books: A Compendium – OASPA

“OASPA is pleased to announce our next webinar which will focus on business models for open access books. It will present a new online resource, in which a range of open access book presses from different countries around the world share their business model including: how it works, why it took the form it did, and the specific factors that shape and guide its ongoing development. The collection will be open for other presses to add their own business models, and it will be a resource for consultation by anyone interested in this issue.

The webinar will be chaired by Lucy Barnes of Open Book Publishers, an independent, non-profit and scholar-led OA press based in the UK, who will also speak about the project as a whole. We welcome our panelists, who represent several of the presses contributing to the collection: Francois van Schalkwyk who will present on African Minds, an open access, not-for-profit publisher based in South Africa; Beth Bouloukos will cover Lever Press, an open access press supported by more than 50 liberal arts institutions in the USA; Julien McHardy will speak about Mattering Press, a UK-registered charitable publisher of OA books; and Vincent W. J. van Gerven Oei will conclude on punctum books, an independent, OA, para-academic and queer-led press based in California.

The panellists will each speak for 10 minutes, and then we will open it up to questions from the audience and discussion.”

The Movement to Open Access Scholarly Publishing, Part 1: A Conversation with OASPA’s Claire Redhead

International efforts to bring truly open access to the corpus of scientific research made major strides in 2021, marking this as a monumental year in the evolution of scientific publication. Claire Redhead,  someone whose voice and understanding in this area is well-established, having worked for 12 years in academic publishing before joining the Open Access Scholarly Publishing Association (OASPA).  Claire joined OASPA in 2012 as Membership and Communications Manager and four years later was appointed Executive Director. Her leadership and experience in the growing Open Access movement has been acknowledged as key to the rapid growth and expansion of OA throughout the global scholarly community.  ATG  is honored to have her voice in this examination of the scholarly OA development.

Webinar: So can publishing respond to a crisis? An evidence-informed approach – OASPA

“OASPA is delighted to welcome you to its first webinar of 2022, where we take an evidence-informed approach to how publishers and others in the scholarly communications system responded to the pandemic and explore what the findings can tell us about the future of scholarly communication. 

The sharing of the COVID genome by researchers, preprinting, and a commitment by many publishers to make all the COVID research they published freely available, has become a poster child for the power of Open Science. And within one year of the pandemic being announced, there were not one but five viable vaccines globally available – a remarkable human achievement. What is the evidence that the scholarly communications system contributed to this progress? In particular, can we now seize the opportunity to use the evidence to improve the way all global scholarly knowledge is shared, evaluated and communicated?

At the beginning of the pandemic, OASPA endorsed and published an open letter of intent from a small group of publishers and others who wanted to work together to speed up the review of COVID19 research articles. The group formed in direct response to a Wellcome statement calling on the community to make research and data about COVID19 rapidly and freely accessible. The Research on Research Institute (RoRI) worked as scientific advisors to the rapid review group to collect, share and analyse data, not just from the participants, but about the scholarly communications system as a whole. The resulting report, including analyses of preprinting, data sharing, peer review practices and the social and scientific attention that COVID papers received, was published on Dec 6th 2021. 

In this OASPA webinar, members of RoRI summarise the approach and evidence that has informed the key recommendations of the report. We also hear responses to the report – and reactions to how publishers and others shaped up – from key representatives involved in the pandemic and an early career researcher who explains why he has committed to forgo the normal journal route to publication and make all his work available as preprints….”

Analysis shows further growth in OASPA member journals output: CC BY dominates whilst content consolidation grows – OASPA

“OASPA members were invited to share their data to update the previous post on this topic which was published on the OASPA blog at the end of 2020 (we also published OA book data this year). Journal information shared here by OASPA covers the number of open access articles across all journals (including hybrid) and the license under which those articles were published, up to the year 2020. Figures were supplied as number of articles published per year since implementation of the license by that publisher. See the downloadable spreadsheet for full details. …

2 publishers now account for 50% of OASPA members’ output; 5 account for 75% of it. This represents a greater consolidation over last year, where the top 3 together covered over 50% and the top 6 over 75%. While the top publishers are the same, the order has changed slightly from previous years. MDPI, Springer Nature and Frontiers remain the top three (although if we add Hindawi’s output to that of Wiley, then Wiley would come in 3rd). …”

The volume of publications from OASPA members continues to grow. Just under 2.7 million articles were published by members in the period 2000-2020. Over 579,000 of these were published in 2020, representing a growth of around 28% over the previous year.  The number of articles published each year reported by members has grown around 13x from 2011 to 2020. 

 

CC BY in fully OA journals continues to dominate output. However, beneath the headlines lie some interesting nuances, especially around articles in hybrid journals….”