ACS inks ‘read and publish’ agreements with German consortia – American Chemical Society

“The Publications Division of the American Chemical Society (ACS) proudly announces two new “read and publish” agreements with the Helmholtz and Niedersachsen consortia in Germany, effective January 2023. The agreements — ACS Publications’ first transformative agreements with German consortia in almost three years — offer researchers at 24 German institutions the opportunity to publish open research with one of the world’s most trusted publishers at no cost to the researcher, while also meeting funder requirements for open access. ACS invites researchers in this community to take full advantage of this agreement by submitting their next paper to the ACS journal of their choice. …”

Better data exchange for Open Access publications: TIB, ZB MED and ZBW sign agreement with OA Switchboard

“The three specialised German National Libraries will fund participation in the OA Switchboard initiative for universities and research institutions in Germany until the end of 2024.

Open Access makes research results freely available to all, and the Open Access transformation is progressing steadily. Many stakeholders are involved in this process: Researchers, academic institutions including libraries, research funders, and publishers.

The OA Switchboard provides a central interface for the rapid standardized exchange of information and messages between universities, universities of applied sciences or research institutions on the one hand and publishers or research funders on the other hand. It was developed to improve communication about submitted and published articles by transmitting relevant metadata about each article in a timely manner and in a standardized data format. In this way, the OA Switchboard can support institutions such as libraries or universities in the necessary documentation of Open Access publications by their own researchers.

The three specialised German National Libraries, TIB – Leibniz Information Centre for Science and Technology, ZB MED – Information Centre for Life Sciences and ZBW – Leibniz Information Centre for Economics are jointly funding access to the OA Switchboard for universities and research institutions throughout Germany for a two-year pilot phase covering 2023 and 2024….”

PLOS Announces New Publishing Agreement with German Consortium – The Official PLOS Blog

“The Public Library of Science (PLOS) is pleased to announce a consortium agreement with Technische Informationsbibliothek (TIB) that allows member institutions to participate in PLOS’ three innovative publishing models. This two-year agreement provides researchers affiliated with consortium members with unlimited publishing privileges in PLOS journals without them having to cover fees themselves. The TIB-led consortium has more than 40 members…

All PLOS journals are underpinned by institutional business models that move beyond APCs to ensure more equitable and regionally appropriate ways to support Open Access publishing. PLOS’ institutional models are Community Action Publishing (CAP)[2], Flat Fees [3], and the Global Equity model[4]….”

TRIPLE Conference 2023: Improving Discovery and Collaboration in Open Science –

“Since 2019 the TRIPLE project has been developing the multilingual discovery platform GoTriple, aiming to facilitate interdisciplinary research and foster collaboration. The platform provides a central access point for users to explore, find, access and reuse Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH) materials at European scale (data and publications, researcher’s profiles, projects). Users can find appropriate resources to support their own research and develop collaborative and interdisciplinary projects: different innovative tools are plugged to the platform to enhance the overall user experience. Data are automatically and continuously harvested with the active support of a vocabulary containing 11 languages for both resources and classification capabilities. GoTriple is part of the EOSC catalogue powered by the OPERAS Research Infrastructure.

GoTriple is dedicated to addressing pressing challenges that Social Sciences and Humanities face: data and research results are scattered along the lines of various disciplines, languages, catalogues and repositories, and collaboration – among researchers, enterprises, and citizens alike – is hindered. The service and its features are intended to soften and, eventually, overcome the borders that separate disciplines and researchers from each other. 

By providing a multilingual vocabulary, the creation of an open source API to enrich data and thereby offering an interdisciplinary, multilingual discovery service, GoTriple is intended to work as an intersection between various stakeholders in academia and society, enhance the low visibility of SSH results and improve their impact….”

Preprints als Informationsquelle besser nutzbar machen – TH Köln

From Google’s English:  “In the project PIXLS – Preprint Information eXtraction for Life Sciences, TH Köln and ZB MED will develop an application over the next three years that automatically opens up the preprint server. This enables the research community to make better use of current information that was published on preprint servers – and therefore hardly appears in classic detection and search systems.

The German Research Foundation (DFG) is funding the project as part of the e-Research Technologies framework programme.”

DFG – Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft – Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft schafft Grundlagen für die Veröffentlichung von Abschlussberichten

From Google’s English:  “Recipients of grants from the German Research Foundation (DFG) are obliged to report on their work and the results obtained after completing their project. The reports serve to account for the use of public funds and provide information about the success of the funding and for the further development of funding programs….

In order to broaden the scientific information base and to contribute to the necessary culture change in scientific publishing, the DFG Executive Board has decided to make final reports of DFG projects easier to access and to make the scientific results section from project reports publicly accessible….

In future, grant recipients will be asked to make part of the final report intended for publication accessible in suitable repositories. The publication is supported by corresponding templates, which specify a structuring into a part intended for publication and a non-public part. In addition, the DFG provides a non-binding white list that identifies at least one possible place of publication for each scientific area according to tested quality standards….

For most applications approved after January 1, 2023, the templates provided are mandatory when preparing the final report. Projects that were approved at an earlier point in time can also use the templates. From summer 2023 it will be possible to send the link to the repository to the DFG via the elan application portal and link the reports in GEPRIS….”

Open Science Winter School | Universität Tübingen

From Google’s English:  “On February 13, 2023, the TOSI Chapter Economics and Social Sciences will host the second Winter School on Open Science/Open Scholarship. The Winter School program covers a wide spectrum – for newcomers as well as for advanced students and experts . Quantitative , qualitative and cross- paradigm aspects of Open Science/Open Scholarship will be covered in six hands-on workshops.”

Mehr Transparenz in der klinischen Forschung: Wie werden die neuen Transparenzvorschriften aus Sicht der pharmazeutischen Industrie bewertet? | SpringerLink

[English-language abstract, article in German.]

Abstract:  The year 2014 was a turning point for transparency in clinical research. Two regulatory innovations comprehensively changed the rules in the EU. For one thing, Regulation (EU) No. 536/2014 on clinical trials of medicinal products for human use (Clinical Trials Regulation – CTR) came into force, and for another thing, Policy 0070 of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) on the publication of and access to clinical data was published. While the policy has been occupying the pharmaceutical industry in practice since 2015, the requirements of the CTR came into effect at the end of January 2022.

The main innovation of the CTR is public access to the majority of documents and records that are created during the application process as well as during the course and after completion of a clinical trial. The special feature of Policy 0070 is the possibility for EU citizens to inspect the essential parts of a marketing authorisation application, such as the Clinical Study Report.

This contribution to the discussion describes the completely new challenges in the area of transparency that the pharmaceutical industry is facing as a result of the new requirements. In principle, transparency is to be welcomed in order to achieve the goals of the EU in the development and availability of medicines and vaccines. However, the protection of trade and business secrets of the pharmaceutical industry would be jeopardised. In the worst case, this could lead to a decline in investment in research and development within the scope of this regulation and to an international shift of clinical trials, including developing or emerging countries. Germany could lose more and more its leading role in conducting clinical trials in the EU.

Referent:in Helmholtz Open Science Office [Officer Helmholtz Open Science Office]


The Helmholtz Open Science Office ( promotes the development of Open Science in the Helmholtz Association. It is a service provider for the Helmholtz Association and its centers in shaping the cultural change towards Open Science. 

The focus is on Open Access, Open Research Data, Open Research Software in cooperation with the Helmholtz Association and external partners. The Helmholtz Open Science Office is jointly supported by the centers of the Helmholtz Association and is administratively located at the Helmholtz Centre Potsdam – German Research Centre for Geosciences.

We are looking for two new colleagues to join our team.

Responsible Research Assessment I: Implementing DORA for hiring and promotion in psychology | PsychArchives

Abstract:  The use of journal impact factors and other metric indicators of research productivity, such as the h-index, has been heavily criticized for being invalid for the assessment of individual researchers and for fueling a detrimental “publish or perish” culture. Multiple initiatives call for developing alternatives to existing metrics that better reflect quality (instead of quantity) in research assessment. This report, written by a task force established by the German Psychological Society, proposes how responsible research assessment could be done in the field of psychology. We present four principles of responsible research assessment in hiring and promotion and suggest a two-step assessment procedure that combines the objectivity and efficiency of indicators with a qualitative, discursive assessment of shortlisted candidates. The main aspects of our proposal are (a) to broaden the range of relevant research contributions to include published data sets and research software, along with research papers, and (b) to place greater emphasis on quality and rigor in research evaluation.


The future of scholarly communication – News – BIH at Charité

“A virtual brainstorming discussion between early career researchers and scientific publishers.


This virtual brainstorming event will bring together early career researchers who are passionate about improving scholarly communication and scholarly publishers who understand the complexities of the current system. Participants will share experiences, discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the current system and collaboratively explore ideas and solutions for improving scholarly communication.

Early career researchers who are actively working on initiatives to improve publishing are especially encouraged to join….”

Job: Projektmitarbeiter:in im EU-Projekt CRAFT-OA (E13) | Stabi-Blog, SUB Hamburg

Ihre Aufgaben

wirken im EU-Projekt CRAFT-OA an der Definition von technischen- und Publikationsstandards für Diamond-Open-Access-Journals mit,
unterstützen die Ausgestaltung von Rahmenbedingungen des elektronischen Publizierens dieser Journals auf internationaler Ebene,
koordinieren die Dokumentation der Projektergebnisse und leisten Support bei deren Nutzung,
vermitteln durch vielfältige Netzwerkaktivitäten die Projektergebnisse in die Fachgemeinschaften,
erstellen Übersichten über technische Standards und Best Practices im Publizieren im Diamond Open Access,
arbeiten mit Partner:innen in einem multinationalen europäischen Projekt zusammen.

Ihr Profil

abgeschlossenes wissenschaftliches Hochschulstudium (Master oder vergleichbar)


Erfahrung im Bereich Projektmanagement
Berufserfahrung in einer wissenschaftlichen oder wissenschaftsnahen Tätigkeit
Publikationskenntnisse im Open-Access, idealerweise als Herausgebende:r einer Zeitschrift oder als Infrastrukturanbieter:in
Erfahrung mit Publikationssoftwares, idealerweise OJS oder OMP
vertiefte Sprachkenntnisse in Deutsch, Englisch und möglichst einer weiteren europäischen Sprache

Wir über uns
Die Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Hamburg (SUB) gehört zu den großen Bibliotheken in Deutschland. Sie versorgt die dynamische Wissenschaftsmetropole Hamburg mit digitalen und physischen Medien und stellt für die Hochschulen und ihre Angehörigen eine breite Palette an Dienstleistungen bereit. Als wissenschaftliche Stadtbibliothek und Landesbibliothek der Freien und Hansestadt Hamburg steht sie allen Menschen offen. Ihr zentral gelegenes Gebäude im Grindelviertel ist ein Ort lebendiger akademischer Kultur für Forschende, Lehrende, Studierende und für alle, die sich weiterbilden wollen oder sich für Hamburg in Gegenwart und Geschichte interessieren.

Im EU-Projekt CRAFT-OA (Creating A Robust Accessible Federated Technology for Open Access) kooperieren 23 Konsortialpartner aus 17 europäischen Ländern. Ziele des Projektes sind die Erarbeitung von technischen Verbesserungen für Zeitschriftenplattformen und -software, der Aufbau von Communities of Practice sowie die Erhöhung der Sichtbarkeit und Auffindbarkeit von Diamond-OA-Veröffentlichungen durch Integration in die EOSC und durch andere große Datenaggregatoren. Das Projekt versteht sich komplementär zum laufenden EU-Projekt DIAMAS (Developing Institutional Open Access Publishing Models to Advance Scholarly Communication,

Der Landesbetrieb SUB ist mit dem Siegel „Familienfreundliches Unternehmen“ der Hamburger Allianz für Familien und dem Open Library Badge ausgezeichnet worden.
Die Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Hamburg steht allen Menschen offen und setzt sich aktiv für Chancengleichheit und Teilhabe ein. Wir freuen uns über neue Perspektiven, Expertisen und vielfältige Sprachkenntnisse. Wir wünschen uns daher Bewerbungen unabhängig von Nationalität, ethnischer und sozialer Herkunft, Religion/Weltanschauung, Behinderung, Alter sowie sexueller Orientierung und Identität. Weitere Informationen finden Sie unter

Die SUB ist bestrebt, bestehende Unterrepräsentanzen von sowohl Frauen als auch Männern abzubauen. Wir fordern insbesondere Männer auf, sich zu bewerben. Sie werden aufgrund ihrer Unterrepräsentanz bei gleicher Eignung, Befähigung und fachlicher Leistung vorrangig berücksichtigt.


Open-Access-Transformation in der Medienwissenschaft — Ein Bericht von Kai Matuszkiewicz und Sarah-Mai Dang | Open-Media-Studies-Blog

Der vorliegende Bericht dokumentiert die Paneldiskussion Open-Access-Transformation in der Medienwissenschaft – Arbeitsprozesse mit Zukunft? auf der Jahrestagung der Gesellschaft für Medienwissenschaft 2022 zum Thema «Arbeit» bzw. deren Ergebnisse. Der Text widmet sich, im Anschluss an eine Kontextualisierung und Einordnung der Paneldiskussion in übergreifende Diskussionszusammenhänge, der Darlegung der Diskussionsergebnisse. Gestaltet wurde die Paneldiskussion von der Redaktion des Open-Media-Studies-Blog, Mitgliedern der AG Open Media Studies sowie der Kommission für gute Arbeit in der Wissenschaft der GfM.


Open Science Retreat – Application Now Open! | Revue

“We are tremendously excited to organise the event together with the Center for Advanced Systems Understanding (CASUS) at Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden – Rossendorf (HZDR) and the Scultetus Center, an international meeting place of science.

Open Science Retreat

April 3-7, 2023 ”