Austrian Transition to Open Access: a collaborative approach

Abstract:  This article presents a collaborative project, the ‘Austrian Transition to Open Access’ (AT2OA), initially running from 2017 to 2020, which had the overarching goal of enabling the large-scale transformation of publishing outputs from closed to open access (OA) in Austria. The initiative, which has recently secured funding for a second four-year cycle from the Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research, brings together all key players: universities, research institutes, the national library consortium and a cOAlition S funding member, the Austrian Science Fund. The project outcomes include a transition feasibility study that builds on the methodology of the 2015 Schimmer et al. article, the seeds of a national OA monitoring data hub and transformative agreements with major publishers. In addition, the project helped launch institutional OA Publishing Funds across the country and explored alternative publishing models. Furthermore, it saw the emergence of a nationwide network of OA experts. The authors also share their thoughts on lessons learned.

 

Austrian Transition to Open Access: a collaborative approach

This article presents a collaborative project, the ‘Austrian Transition to Open Access’ (AT2OA), initially running from 2017 to 2020, which had the overarching goal of enabling the large-scale transformation of publishing outputs from closed to open access (OA) in Austria. The initiative, which has recently secured funding for a second four-year cycle from the Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research, brings together all key players: universities, research institutes, the national library consortium and a cOAlition S funding member, the Austrian Science Fund. The project outcomes include a transition feasibility study that builds on the methodology of the 2015 Schimmer et al. article, the seeds of a national OA monitoring data hub and transformative agreements with major publishers. In addition, the project helped launch institutional OA Publishing Funds across the country and explored alternative publishing models. Furthermore, it saw the emergence of a nationwide network of OA experts. The authors also share their thoughts on lessons learned.

Das scholar-led.network-Manifest | Zenodo

Fokusgruppe scholar-led.network. (2021). Das scholar-led.network-Manifest. Zenodo. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.4925784

English abstract (via deepl.com): We are the scholar-led.network and are working collaboratively for a non-profit publishing culture beyond APCs and BPCs that is independent of major publishers. The scholar-led.network manifesto sums up our central critique of the current scholarly publishing system in the German-speaking world and identifies areas of action for fair, planned, and diverse publishing.

German abstract: Wir sind das scholar-led.network und setzen uns gemeinsam und kollaborativ für eine von Großverlagen unabhängige, nicht profitorientierte Publikationskultur jenseits von APCs und BPCs ein. Das scholar-led.network-Manifest bringt unsere zentrale Kritik am gegenwärtigen wissenschaftlichen Publikationssystem im deutschsprachigen Raum auf den Punkt und benennt Handlungsfelder für faires, planvolles und vielfältiges Publizieren.

Live document: https://preview.graphite.page/scholar-led-manifest/

English version via Google Translate

ERA Portal Austria – ERC announces its plans for 2022

On the occasion of the adoption of the ERC’s 2022 work programme, the ERC has also announced its formal endorsement of the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA), in line with its long-standing adherence to the highest standards of research assessment. The ERC is convinced that the broad implementation of research assessment procedures that integrate the DORA principles is the key to an equitable transition to Open Science.

scholar-led Open Access: Manifesto for fair publishing in German-speaking countries

Scholar-led.network points out problematic issues in the current publishing system and wants to initiate a debate on the role of scholar-led Open Access

In its scholar-led.network manifesto, the focus group scholar-led.network, which was established within the framework of the open-access.network project, criticises the current scholarly publishing system in the German-speaking world and, at the same time, provides fields of action for the development of a fair, planned and bibliodiverse publishing culture.

The authors of the text identify a journal crisis in the course of the Open Access transformation. This is reflected, among other things, in the monopoly position of major publishers who demand high publication fees from authors – so-called APCs (Article Processing Charges) and BPCs (Book Processing Charges). According to the Manifesto, this leads to new inequalities and exclusions. In order to make the Open Access transformation fairer and more diverse, scholar-led publishing models that do not charge such fees can be strengthened (Diamond Open Access). However, the current situation of scholar-led projects is deficient, partly due to a lack of funding.

Based on its critique, the focus group formulates concrete fields of action in which scholars, research institutions, libraries, research funding institutions, professional societies and other parts of the scholarly community must jointly get involved in to strengthen a diverse, independent and fair publication ecosystem. The fields of action are:

Networking, collaboration and strategic frameworks.
Sustainable funding structures for Diamond Open Access
Promotion of bibliodiversity in academia

You can access the scholar-led.network manifesto via this link: https://graphite.page/scholar-led-manifest/

From principles to practices: Open Science at Europe’s universities 2020-2021 EUA Open Science Survey results – BioNanoNet

The European University Association (EUA) has recently published a report presenting the findings of the 2020-2021 EUA Open Science Survey and providing evidence-based recommendations for institutions, researchers, research funders and policy makers on the transition towards Open Science.

ERA Portal Austria – Science Europe publishes reaction to Pact for Research and Innovation

On 23 July 2021, Science Europe published a reaction to the Commission Proposal for a Council Recommendation on a Pact for Research and Innovation. The organsiation of 38 European public research funders and performers welcomes the inclusion of a common set of values and principles in the EC’s proposals that it also shares, as well as the Pact’s emphasis on research and scientific knowledge. Science Europe supports the reaffirmation of the investment target of 3% of EU GDP dedicated to research and development, as well as the new 1.25% EU GDP public effort target to be achieved by Member States by 2030. It also advocates for a systematic inclusion of stakeholders. The Pact must be implemented in a relevant way for the research activity in the ERA, meaningfully involving research communities and R&I stakeholders in the development and implementation of ERA policies, Science Europe says. Last but not least, Science Europe welcomes the emphasis on global outreach and cooperation with third countries and calls for the countries associated to the EU Framework Programmes, in particular the UK and Switzerland, to be included in ERA’s development process.

ERA Portal Austria – EUA presents report on Open Science survey at European universities

The European University Association (EUA) has recently published a report presenting the findings of the 2020-2021 EUA Open Science Survey and providing evidence-based recommendations for institutions, researchers, research funders and policy makers on the transition towards Open Science.

Academy of Europe: ON SHARING KNOWLEDGE AND FOSTERING OPEN SCIENCE

 Professor Erol GelenbeA committee chaired by Prof. Erol Gelenbe MAE at the Royal Academy of Sciences, Letters and Arts of Belgium, which included Prof Veronique Halloin, President of the European Science Foundation, recently published a report “On sharing knowledge and fostering open science” which addresses key problems in scientific and technical communication, and peer review, as we enter the post-Covid-19 period and address the energy transition required by the challenges of Climate Change.

Referent*in für die Plattform Open Science Austria (Officer, Open Science Austria) | Österreichische Universitätenkonferenz

Your tasks

You coordinate and organize the development and activities of OSA.
You will supervise the work of the OSA committees and working groups and support them in content-related, organizational and strategic issues.
You are the contact person for national and international topic-related networks and establish contacts to stakeholders and experts who focus on Open Science.
You keep track of relevant developments, initiatives and publications in the field of Open Science and prepare them for the members of OSA or the OSA website.
You will contribute to the preparation of position papers and produce reports on topics worked on by OSA.
You will be responsible for preparing and communicating OSA reports and project results and for setting up and maintaining the OSA website, including the internal community section.
You will design, organize and document OSA events and workshops.

Your profile

You have successfully completed a university degree (diploma or master’s degree).
You have a good understanding and sound knowledge of standards, workflows and trends in Open Science and bring in-depth knowledge and practical experience in at least one area of Open Science, preferably research data management and research infrastructures.
You combine your very good knowledge of the Austrian university system and science system with profound knowledge of national and European relevant actors in the field of Open Science.
You have strong project and information management skills and can quickly and comprehensively familiarize yourself with new areas.
You work in a results-oriented manner, bring a high degree of initiative and are characterized by independence, organizational skills and the ability to work in a team.
Distinct communication skills and stylistically confident German and English language skills, both written and spoken, as well as an experienced handling of all Office programs and an understanding of CMS systems complete your profile.

Scope of employment: 40 hours per week
Start date: July 2021
Fixed term: 1 year with option for unlimited extension.

The gross monthly salary is based on the collective agreement for university employees in the IVa basic level (starting salary € 2,711.90).

Previous job-specific experience will be taken into account for a higher classification.

Applicants with special needs and disabilities will be given special consideration if they are suitable.

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Ihre Aufgaben

Sie koordinieren und organisieren den Aufbau und die Aktivitäten von OSA.
Sie betreuen die Arbeit der OSA-Gremien und Arbeitsgruppen und unterstützen diese in inhaltlichen, organisatorischen und strategischen Fragen.
Sie sind Ansprechpartner*in für nationale und internationale themenbezogene Netzwerke und bauen Kontakte zu Stakeholdern und Expert*innen auf, in deren Fokus Open Science steht.
Sie behalten den Überblick über relevante Entwicklungen, Initiativen und Publikationen im Bereich Open Science und bereiten diese für die Mitglieder von OSA bzw. die OSA-Website auf.
Sie wirken an der Erstellung von Positionspapieren mit und erstellen Berichte zu von OSA bearbeiteten Themen.
Sie sind verantwortlich für die Aufbereitung und Vermittlung der OSA-Berichte und Projektergebnisse und den Aufbau und die Betreuung der OSA-Website, inkl. des internen Community-Bereichs.
Sie konzipieren, organisieren und dokumentieren OSA-Veranstaltungen und Workshops.

 

Ihr Profil

Sie haben ein Hochschulstudium (Diplom bzw. Master) erfolgreich abgeschlossen.
Sie verfügen über ein gutes Verständnis und fundierte Kenntnisse über Standards, Workflows und Trends im Bereich Open Science und bringen fundierte Kenntnisse und praktische Erfahrungen in mindestens einem Bereich von Open Science, vorzugsweise Forschungsdatenmanagement und Forschungsinfrastrukturen, mit.
Sie verbinden Ihre sehr gute Kenntnis des österreichischen Universitätswesens und Wissenschaftssystems mit fundierten Kenntnissen der nationalen und europäischen relevanten Akteure im Bereich Open Science.
Sie verfügen über ausgeprägte Fähigkeiten im Projekt- und Informationsmanagement und können sich schnell und umfassend in neue Gebiete einarbeiten.
Sie arbeiten ergebnisorientiert, bringen ein hohes Maß an Eigeninitiative mit und zeichnen sich durch Selbstständigkeit, Organisationstalent und Teamfähigkeit aus.
Ausgeprägte Kommunikationsfähigkeit und stilsichere deutsche und englische Sprachkenntnisse in Wort und Schrift sowie ein routinierter Umgang mit allen Office-Programmen und Verständnis für CMS-Systeme runden Ihr Profil ab.

 

Beschäftigungsausmaß: 40 Wochenstunden

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“It’s hard to explain why this is taking so long” – scilog

When it comes into force at the beginning of 2021, the Open Access initiative “Plan S” is poised to help opening up and improving academic publishing. Ulrich Pöschl, a chemist and Open Access advocate of the first hour, explains why free access to research results is important and how an up-to-date academic publishing system can work.

The impact of open access publishing agreements at the University of Vienna in light of the Plan S requirements: a review of current status, challenges and perspectives

“The University of Vienna, in partnership with other organisations across Austria, has been at the forefront of the open access (OA) movement in Europe and has been actively broadening the OA publishing opportunities for its researchers for well over half a decade. Although the launch of Plan S in September 2018 by a group of funding bodies that includes the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) brought its unique challenges, it has also provided the international research community with a much-needed impetus, jolting publishers into action and raising awareness among university administrators and faculty in general. The announcement also prompted the Vienna University Library to perform a mapping exercise, with a view to assessing how well the current publishing agreements match the needs of the University’s researchers in light of the Plan S requirements. This article presents the results of this analysis and shares some of the challenges encountered through the negotiation and implementation of OA publishing agreements and how these, together with the revised Plan S implementation guidelines, have been informing the University’s strategy.

 

Open Access – Missing Link to Become Exclusive Distribution Partner of Oable in the German-Speaking Countries – Knowledge Unlatched

“Missing Link will take over the exclusive distribution of Oable (www.oable.org) in the German-speaking region. The Oable solution, developed by Knowledge Unlatched (KU), enables libraries to keep track of all open access (OA) payments across multiple publishers and thus significantly simplify and accelerate their internal processes….”