Domain Registry Takes Sci-Hub’s .SE Domain Name Offline * TorrentFreak

“Sci-Hub, a shadow library that offers a free gateway to paywalled academic research, has lost control over one of its main domain names. was deactivated by The Internet Foundation in Sweden, which manages the country’s .se domains. The action came without warning and took Sci-Hub founder Alexandra Elbakyan by surprise.”

DataCite Connect Gothenburg

“The DataCite Connect event in Gothenburg provides a forum for discussion and networking for DataCite members and the broader community. The session will focus on national PID and Open Science strategies and how the DataCite community can engage in, contribute to, and support their implementation. Participants will learn about on-going efforts across different regions and will have the chance to work together to identify and discuss alignments between national strategies and their current/future plans that leverage the DataCite infrastructure and services. The outcomes of the meeting will help DataCite members and community to better understand the PID landscape in other regions, connect with PID champions and establish new collaborations. There will be plenty of time for Q&A!

This is an in person event that will not be recorded or streamed. Slides of the speakers will be made available afterwards. Make sure to use the hashtag #DataCiteConnect23 when sharing your experience on socials….”

Stockholm University’s publishing platform | recording of September 2022 interviews with developers

“Soon Stockholm University is to launch its own publishing platform where researchers can publish articles with open peer review and with an open license. A pilot of the platform will be released during Open Access Week 2022, where 50 researchers affiliated with Stockholm University will participate and try the tool for a few months, before it is made available to others as well. Interviewed in this video clip is Wilhelm Widmark, Senior Advisor to the President with operational responsibility for Open Science at Stockholm University, and Abeni Wickham, founder of SciFree and developer of the platform. The interview was originally published in the staff web cast Panorama in September 2022, led by Stefan Nyman at the Communication Team at Stockholm University….”

Stricter requirements for science to be open access – Stockholm University Library

“The demands on research data and science results to be open access are intensified. But how does it work in practice? During this year’s Open Access Week, which runs from 24-30 October, the issue is in focus.

That tax funded research should be open access is a common goal in the political sphere as well as at the Swedish universities. Of the 3,868 peer-reviewed scientific articles published at Stockholm University in 2021, 87 percent were published with open access in some form. But the goal is 100 percent.

And with a new policy for open science, Stockholm University is gearing up the transition to an open scientific system. The same development takes place in the rest of the world, most recently in the United States where the White House recently decided that federally funded research should be made open access immediately upon publication.

– It is interesting that the United States is now following Europe and what the EU is doing, and is setting strict requirements for open access to data, articles and books. It changes the game plan for us in relation to the scientific publishers, says Wilhelm Widmark, Senior Advisor to the President with operational responsibility for Open Science at the university. …”

Physical Review Journals – APS and the Bibsam Consortium Open Access Agreement

APS and the Bibsam Consortium Open Access Agreement

The Bibsam Consortium (Bibsam) consists of Swedish universities, colleges, state research institutions and other authorities that have jointly signed licensing agreements. APS has undertaken an open access agreement with Bibsam to advance open science and research collaboration.

Read and Publish Agreement Terms and Conditions

Publisher: American Physical Society (APS)
Licensee: The Bibsam Consortium (Bibsam)
Agreement Period: January 1, 2021 – December 31, 2022, inclusive of both dates
Member Institutions: Please review the list of participating institutions included in this agreement.
Read Access: Through this agreement, authorized users affiliated with one or more Bibsam Member Institutions may obtain electronic access to the following online, licensed materials, including Physical Review Journals and related publications and products:

all peer-reviewed Physical Review Journals published by APS
Physical Review Online Archive (PROLA)
Physics Magazine …”

UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science – Free Knowledge Advocacy Group EU

“In late 2021, the UNESCO General Assembly approved a new Recommendation on Open Science. All the member states agreed on a final version, that for the first time provides an official definition of what open science is, and that calls for legal and policy changes in favor of open science. As a recommendation is the strongest policy tool of UNESCO, “intended to influence the development of national laws and practices”, this is important news for the entire scientific community. 

The recommendation presents a framework on, and principles for, open science. It aims to build a common understanding on the topic, and calls for publicly funded research to be aligned with the principles: transparency, scrutiny, critique and reproducibility; equality of opportunities; responsibility, respect and accountability; collaboration, participation and inclusion; flexibility, and sustainability. 

It asks for more dialogue between the public and the private sector, and for new, innovative means and methods to be developed for open science. Finally, the recommendation stresses the importance of citizen science and crowdsourcing, and the need for cooperation between different kinds of actors, nationally and internationally.

In Sweden, the recommendation is currently being discussed with stakeholders. A few weeks ago, Wikimedia Sverige was invited by the Swedish National UNESCO Commission to a round table conversation on the subject. Other than Wikimedia Sverige, organisations and institutions such as the Association of Swedish Higher Education Institutions, the Swedish Research Council, the Ministry for Education and the National Library, took part – many of those who will bear the largest responsibility for putting the recommendations in practice. …”

Bibsam announcement – The Company of Biologists

“The Company of Biologists is delighted to announce a three-year Read & Publish Open Access agreement with the Bibsam Consortium which runs from 1 January 2022 to 31 December 2024.

Corresponding authors at participating institutions in Sweden can publish an uncapped number of research articles immediately Open Access (OA) in our hybrid subscription journals (Development, Journal of Cell Science and Journal of Experimental Biology) plus our fully Open Access journals (Disease Models & Mechanisms and Biology Open) without paying an article processing charge (APC).

Researchers at participating institutions also benefit from unlimited access to our hybrid subscription journals, including their full archives dating back to 1853….”

An Open Science Roadmap for Swedish Higher Education Institutions | Nordic Perspectives on Open Science

Abstract:  In the spring of 2021, a National Open Science Roadmap for Swedish Higher Education Institutions (HEI) was adopted by The Association of Swedish HEIs. The roadmap’s eight principles aim to guide the HEIs’ development of local structures and processes, speed up their concrete actions and encourage their collaboration in the shift to Open Science. The recommendations are concentrated on specific measures for open access to research data and research publications at HEIs. The primary target group for the roadmap is university management at Swedish HEIs. In the spring of 2022 the roadmap is to be supplemented by an action plan for Open Science.



“Open Science describes the current transition in how research is undertaken, how the outputs are stored and disseminated, how researchers collaborate, how success is measured and how researchers are rewarded for more transparent and collaborative approaches. Open Science has the potential to transform the research landscape. This potential has been successfully tested – if only that – during pandemic times. 

Open Science started as a vision, aiming to address matters like research reproducibility and access to the results of publicly-funded research. The vision was generally welcome by academic and research institutions and benefited from a great advocacy movement. It’s high time now to build on practice and effective management. 
It is generally accepted in Europe that research should be as open as possible and as close as necessary. Finding the borderline between the two is one of the most important tasks for practitioners, whether they belong to funders, research organisations, their partners or researchers themselves.
Yet, this borderline is not sufficiently explored. Guidelines based on feedback and learning from practice should be created, rather sooner than later.
This innovative approach to research has further potential: to address existing inequalities and matters like inclusivity, ethics, better assessment or the missing links between science and society or to re-shape public-private partnerships.

This Open Science event is organized by the University of Stockholm, supported by UCL’s (University College London) Global Engagement Office and the UCL Office for Open Science, with technical support by Scientific Knowledge Services (SKS)….”

Springer Nature and Bibsam Consortium agree TA for Nature and the Nature Research journals | Corporate Affairs Homepage | Springer Nature

Springer Nature today announces a second Transformative Agreement (TA) to include its flagship title Nature. The agreement with the Bibsam Consortium in Sweden enables researchers affiliated with 10 initial institutions to publish their research articles accepted for publication in Nature and the Nature Research journals immediately open access (OA). This is at no cost to the individual researchers, as OA costs are covered by the consortium deal.


PLOS Expands Footprint in Sweden With a New Publishing Agreement With the Bibsam Consortium

The Public Library of Science (PLOS) today announced an agreement with the Bibsam Consortium to participate in PLOS’ three innovative publishing models. This two-year agreement provides researchers from affiliated institutions with unlimited publishing privileges in PLOS journals without incurring fees.

New European collaboration for open science training

Umeå University is one of four Swedish organisations involved in the new European collaboration Skills4EOSC. The collaboration is a large-scale project to expand and coordinate open science education in Europe. A majority of EU countries participate in the collaboration, which is led by the Italian consortium GARR. Sweden is represented by Umeå University, Chalmers, Karolinska Institutet and the Swedish National Data Service (SND). SND will also lead one of the six different working groups, or “work packages”, involved in the project.

Skenande kostnader för öppen tillgång – Biblioteksbladet

From Google’s English:  “In 2020, Swedish higher education institutions paid SEK 709 million for scientific literature and openly available articles. This is an increase of SEK 205 million from the previous year.

Almost three quarters of the increased expenditure, 145 million, can be explained by a newly signed agreement with Elsevier, which is one of the largest scientific publishers….

The big difference in expenses between 2019 and 2020 is due to the fact that we did not have an agreement with Elsevier for a year and a half, because we terminated it when we did not want to accept their terms. When we then entered into a new agreement after the termination, the cost came back, explains Wilhelm Widmark, chief librarian at Stockholm University and vice chairman of the Bibsam Consortium, which is the association of Swedish universities, colleges, authorities and research institutes that sign agreements with various publishers….

The goal is for a large part of that transformation to have taken place in 2024, when new agreements take over and the transformative agreements will hopefully be phased out.

– But many publishers probably want to permanent the transformative agreements. If they can continue to publish behind paywalls, they will make more money…”

Will there be any transformation or are we stuck with the transformative agreements? | UKSG

“In Sweden there is a government directive to reach 100% immediate Open Access during 2021. We won´t reach it this year – but we have come far as we today can count approximately 75% immediate Open Access among corresponding authors affiliated to a Swedish university. As early adoptors of transformative agreements we are quite experienced having negotiated them for roughly five years. This has been a bumpy road along which we have cancelled agreements, made mistakes, gained knowledge and also have had some success in our negotiations. Today, through the Bibsam consortia, there are 21 transformative agreements and a handful of agreements with pure Open Access publishers in place. Many Swedish universities also have local agreements with smaller publishers and societies. During these years we have seen a cultural shift from the authors – some were initially somewhat skeptical to Open Access but are now able to embrace that their research results should be openly published. Through our different agreements we are near the goal of 100% immediate Open Access – but to reach this far has led to a high increase of costs. Another subject of discussion is how we divide the costs within the consortia when we move from paying for reading to paying for publishing – and as we calculate the cost based on publishing the research-intensive institutions have seen a substantial rise.

The Swedish universities are committed to reach the goal but we don´t find the transformative agreements sustainable for the future. When Plan S came up it stated that they should be temporary, and the recommendations were for a short transitional period in order for the publishers to find new ways and models to provide Open Access. According to the funders that have signed Plan S they will cease funding publishing within such agreements on the 31st of December 2024. As an early adoptor we also believe that the transition period should be over at the end of 2024. …”