Understanding differences of the OA uptake within the German university landscape (2010-2020). Part 1: journal-based OA

Abstract:  This study investigates the determinants for the uptake of Full and Hybrid Open Access (OA) in the university landscape of Germany. It adapts the governance equaliser as a heuristic for this purpose and distinguishes between three factors: The disciplinary profile (academic self-governance), infrastructures and services of universities that aim to support OA (managerial self-governance) and large transformative agreements (part of state regulation). The uptake of OA, the influence of the disciplinary profile of universities and the influence of transformative agreements is measured by combining several data sources (incl. Web of Science, Unpaywall, an authority file of standardised German affiliation information, the ISSN-Gold-OA 4.0 list, and lists of publications covered by transformative agreements). For managerial self-governance, a structured data collection was created by harvesting different sources of information and by manual online search. To determine the explanatory power of the different factors, a series of regression analyses was performed for different periods and for both Full as well as Hybrid OA. As a result of the regression analyses, the most determining factor for the explanation of differences in the uptake of both OA-types turned out to be academic self-governance. For the year 2020, Hybrid OA transformative agreements have become a second relevant factor. However, all variables that reflect local infrastructural support and services for OA (managerial self-governance) turned out to be non-significant. To deepen the understanding of the adoption of OA on the level of institutions, the outcomes of the regression analyses are contextualised by an interview study conducted with 20 OA officers of German universities.

 

Diamond Open Access Journals Germany (DOAG) Version 1.1

Bruns, A., Cakir, Y., Kaya, S., Beidaghi, S., & Taubert, N. C. (2022). Diamond Open Access Journals Germany (DOAG) Version 1.1. Bielefeld University. https://doi.org/10.4119/unibi/2965484

Output produced under the remit of CODRIA: Community-Driven Open-Access-Journale zwischen wissenschaftlichen und ressourcenbezogenen Anforderungen (Community driven open access journals between scientific and economic requirements), a project funded by the Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF funding no. 16TOA001).

‘Diamond Open Access Journals, Germany’ (DOAG) is a quality controlled list that contains information about diamond open access (OA) journals hosted in Germany. It was created by using different data sources that are free of charge and was compiled from March 2022 to July 2022.

Two files are provided:
DOAG_1_1.csv is a list with ISSN from Diamond Open Access Journals. Please note that a Diamond Open Access Journal may appear more than once in the list, if it has more than one ISSN.

DOAG_1_1_Journals.csv is a list with distinct Diamond Open Access Journals. Please note that each journal appears only once in the list. Only ISSN_L (but not all registered ISSN for the journals) are included as journal identifiers.

 

Springer Nature and Projekt DEAL extend partnership | Research Information

In 2019 Springer Nature and Germany’s Projekt DEAL signed what was at the time the world’s largest, most comprehensive, transformative agreement (TA). Encompassing 2,500 journals with the expectation of enabling 13,000 articles to be published open access (OA) each year, it reflected the commitment of both parties to the principles of open science and advancing the transition to OA.

The success of the agreement can be seen in that 97% of affiliated authors with eligible universities and institutions in Germany took advantage of the opportunity to publish their articles OA without needing to pay an article processing charge. In addition, in 2021 the agreement saw over 16,000 (+13% on 2020) new research articles in Springer Nature’s fully OA and hybrid journals made freely and openly accessible for scholars everywhere – 60% of all the articles published under DEAL agreements (1).

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Publishers, authors and booksellers should not become your librarians – Knowledge Rights 21

“Reading nurtures our right to freedom of thought and freedom of expression, including to receive and impart information, as enshrined in Articles 9 and 10 of the European Convention of Human Rights (ECHR)[1]. Germany adheres to the ECHR’s values since it joined the Convention as an original member 71 years ago[2].

However, leaving the right to read and borrow eBooks through libraries to the vagaries and differing priorities of the commercial publishing market makes individual publishing companies, rather than librarians, the real decision makers about what eBook titles libraries may buy and how they may lend them. This provides a poor guarantee of access to the full breadth of culture and scientific knowledge in the 21st century.

The efforts by publishers, booksellers and author associations in Germany to prevent progress towards a legal right for citizens to borrow any eBook title from libraries look to block the proper implementation of EU law as it now stands[3]. Moreover, their campaign against Germany’s proposed eLending legislation, will, if successful, undermine libraries’ independence and their important function in a democratic society and the economy. It is not the place of publishers, authors or booksellers to decide how and if libraries have a role in the digital world….”

University of Mannheim Joins German Reproducibility Network (GRN)

“Since July 2022, the University of Mannheim has become a member of the German Reproducibility Network (GRN), a multidisciplinary consortium advocating for more transparency in research. The University of Mannheim is the first university to join this network.

The German Reproducibility Network (GRN) is a multidisciplinary consortium that aims to increase trustworthiness and transparency of scientific research. Their focus is on the reproducibility of scientific results, whereby repetitions using the same or similar data, code, analyses, and methods yield the same results as the original study. The GRN was established in February 2021. Members are research institutions, scientific societies and reproducibility initiatives. The University of Mannheim is the first university to join the GRN. The University of Mannheim is committed to the goals of transparent and inclusive research practices, open access to scientific results, and reproducibility of research results. Therefore, the university established an Open Science Office in 2021. The Open Science Office supports researchers in implementing open science practices and brings open science issues into strategic discussions at the University of Mannheim. As a new member of the GRN, the University of Mannheim will share its experience with an institutional and interdisciplinary approach to open science and support other institutions in developing similar structures and activities. It will also share experiences, materials and information on open science and reproducibility for research with the GRN. The collaboration between the GRN and the University of Mannheim will advance efforts that lead to more open science and reproducibility in the research landscape throughout Germany….”

Mündiges Datensubjekt statt Laborratte: Rechtsschutz gegen Wissenschaftstracking | Jahrbuch Technikphilosophie

 by Felix Reda

Bei der Debatte um das Wissenschaftstracking stand bislang vor allem die Sensibilisierung für den Datenschutz im Vordergrund. Das ist ein wichtiger erster Schritt, denn nur wenn Forschende sich darüber bewusst sind, dass ihr Forschungsverhalten Klick für Klick überwacht und kommerziell verwertet wird, können sie sich dafür engagieren, dieser Praxis Einhalt zu gebieten. Doch wie so oft bei Datenschutzthemen droht sich Fatalismus breitzumachen, wenn die Debatte in der Problembeschreibung steckenbleibt.

Viel zu wenige Universitäten bieten ihren Forschenden proaktiv eine eigene, datenschutzsensible Software-Infrastruktur an, die kollaboratives wissenschaftliches Arbeiten auch institutionenübergreifend ermöglichen würde. Große Teile der wissenschaftlichen Literatur sind ausschließlich über die Portale der kommerziellen Wissenschaftsverlage verfügbar, die mit verwirrenden Cookie-Bannern aufwarten. Allein sich einen Überblick zu verschaffen, welche Daten ein Konzern wie Elsevier über einen gespeichert hat, ist ein aufwändiges Unterfangen[1]. Im ohnehin schon stressigen Forschungsalltag ist es unrealistisch, dass einzelne Forschende sich selbst vor dem Tracking durch diese Unternehmen schützen, indem sie deren Produkte meiden.

 

KOALA Finanzierungsrunde 2023-25 – Unterstützen Sie uns! | KOALA

Folgende Bündel bietet KOALA in der Finanzierungsrunde 2023-2025 an:

KOALA Medienwissenschaften 2023 mit folgenden Schriftenreihen:

Bewegtbilder
Yearbook of Moving Image Studies .
Weitere Informationen finden Sie im Produktdatenblatt.

KOALA Sozialwissenschaften 2023 mit folgenden Zeitschriften:

GENDER
sub\urban
Open Gender Journal
Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung
Weitere Informationen finden Sie im Produktdatenblatt.

Bibliotheken, Forschungsinstitute, Unternehmen, Museen, Stiftungen, andere Einrichtungen und auch Privatpersonen können jetzt an der Finanzierungsrunde teilnehmen. Weitere Informationen zum Preismodell und Antworten auf die häufigsten Fragen finden Sie auf unseren Informationsseiten, oder besuchen Sie eine unserer Online-Informationsveranstaltungen.

Kontaktieren Sie uns gern bei weiteren Fragen, oder wenn Sie sich am Konsortium beteiligen möchten: koalatibeu

 

Job FDM-Scouts (m/w/d) – Hochschule Mainz + 6 weitere Hochschulen in Rheinland-Pfalz

From Google’s English:  “The joint project “Sustainable and quality-assured competence development for RDM at HAW in RLP – FDM@HAW.rlp” aims at the development and long-term establishment of cross-university structures and services in the field of research data management (RDM) at the universities of applied sciences (HAW) in Rhineland-Palatinate. The implementation is to be carried out by a nationwide FDM competence team that is in constant interaction with each other.”

Open Access Talk am 28. Juli 2022 – Musterverträge für Kollaborationen auf Augenhöhe

From Google’s English:  “Publication contracts currently only rarely represent collaborations between partners on an equal footing. The market power of individual publishers is supported by the obligation to publish, little legal knowledge among scientists, a lack of standards and non-transparent publishing services. The AuROA project tries to act as a corrective here.

The modular model contracts developed by AuROA are intended to contribute to equal, collaboration-driven scientific practice. The contracts are intended to enable fairly active, often smaller publishers as well as scholar-led initiatives that do not have their own legal department to work fairly with authors. They are also intended to take a critical look at the current hierarchies in publication contracts – as independent references for authors, advice centers and the multitude of other actors in the Open Access transformation. Quality standards for publications are also being discussed as part of the project. The project focuses on book publications in the German-language humanities and social sciences.”

Berlin Universities Publishing: Startseite

From Google’s English:  “Berlin Universities Publishing is an Open Access publisher with a non-commercial, scientific infrastructure and with general, publisher-independent publication advice.

BerlinUP is funded by the Berlin University Alliance and supported jointly by the libraries of Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Technische Universität Berlin and Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin….”