Jisc has announced a new agreement with Copernicus Publications, a fully open access, not-for-profit publisher, whose portfolio of journals covers engineering, geosciences, humanities and life sciences.
There is great potential for organizations to form collaborative partnerships, particularly in the nonprofit environment, which can reduce costs and aid in strategic development.
Regular and transparent communication with internal and external stakeholders is critical to the health of any partnership, especially when doing something new or novel.
Reciprocal service-level agreements with clear expectations and ongoing evaluation ensure the collaboration keeps pace with commercial alternatives.
The SPIE-BioOne partnership was built to scale and incorporate future collaborators to further reduce costs and bring new ideas to the user group.
The Public Library of Science (PLOS) today announced that it has partnered with EarthArXiv, which enables authors submitting to PLOS Climate, PLOS Sustainability and Transformation, and PLOS Water to post preprints with ease. Beginning next year, submitting authors will have the option to automatically forward their manuscript to the EarthArXiv preprint server, directly from our submission system.
Our last post on Computational Book Publishing by Simon Bowie kicked off our documentation of this COPIM WP6 Experimental Publishing Pilot Project, which consists of a collaboration between COPIM, the Open Science Lab at the Technische Informationsbibliothek (TIB) Hanover (working with Simon Worthington as the lead on this collaboration) and Open Book Publishers. The aim of this Pilot Project is to create a working prototype or proof of concept for the publication of computational books, based on real (sample) digital objects, and to adapt this to the publishing workflow of Open Book Publishers. The central question this pilot wants to address is how computational books—the combinations of text and executable code—can be integrated and made compatible with an existing publisher’s infrastructures and workflows for monograph publishing. We will be trying out various computational publishing tools to create this prototype, including Curvenote, Quarto, Jupyter Notebook, JupyterLab, and Jupyter Book.
eLife and PREreview are pleased to announce their continued partnership to engage more diverse communities of researchers in peer review.
eLife and PREreview formally teamed up last year following their collaborations on a number of initiatives. Now, as eLife moves towards a new ‘publish, review, curate’ model that puts preprints first, the organisations will increase their efforts to involve more early-career researchers, and researchers from communities that are traditionally marginalised within the peer-review process, in the public review of preprints. Their work will involve further integrating PREreview into Sciety – an application developed by a team within eLife to bring open evaluation and curation together in one place – and opening up new opportunities for more researchers to participate in public review.
Springer Nature has signed its largest institutional OA book deal with the Max Planck Society through the Max Planck Digital Library (MPDL). The agreement covers all Springer Nature book imprints, across a broad range of disciplines, providing OA funding to affiliated authors from over 80 Max Planck Institutes.
The Kentucky Virtual Library (KYVL) is the newest partner in the University Press of Kentucky’s Open Access Initiative (UPK OAI), an initiative to make resources freely available to citizens of the Commonwealth.
As a result of this partnership, students and patrons of Kentucky Virtual Library participating institutions will now have free and unlimited access to more than 1,300 books published by UPK. KYVL is administered by the Council on Postsecondary Education and serves more than 350 libraries including K-12, college and university, state government and public libraries.
Abstract: The Authors Alliance Partner Program (A2P2; https://www.authorsalliance.org/a2p2-home/) is a recent addition to the educational content of the Authors Alliance. This nonprofit advocacy organization aims, “to advance the interests of authors who want to serve the public good by sharing their creations broadly.” Their new initiative provides prêt-à-porter instructional material with the express purpose of supporting the scaling of rights-related programming—a goal that distinguishes A2P2 from other well-established and deeply valuable copyright-focused resources. While copyright touches nearly all we do in libraries, outreach in this area often primarily falls to scholarly communication or copyright librarians. As Schmidt (2019) notes, “providing copyright information services in the library has become part of the standard operations of academic libraries in the U.S.” We must, consequently, train ourselves up and stay current on copyright issues, as well as instruct our peers and our communities on copyright- and author rights—related issues (Reeves 2015; Norris et al. 2019; Secker et al. 2019). We need to build resources on topics that are nuanced, evolving, and carry risk. These efforts take time, care, and confidence. For professionals who may well have varied and competing job responsibilities, time and confidence certainly may be at a premium (Charbonneau and Priehs 2014). While one could easily despair, there’s help to be had. Enter, A2P2.
“The Public Library of Science (PLOS) and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) today announced an expansion of their longstanding partnership to offer authors more options for rapidly and easily sharing their research before publication in a journal. Beginning this month, three PLOS journals, PLOS Medicine, PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases, and PLOS ONE, will offer authors the option to have their manuscript automatically forwarded to the preprint server medRxiv for posting as a preprint….”
The Public Knowledge Project is honoured to announce that the leading international scholarly publishing platform SciELO has become PKP’s most recent Development Partner. The initial collaboration between the two organizations dates back to 2007. PKP and SciELO have both played vital roles in supporting the growth and spread of open access publishing. They are global leaders in open infrastructure development and supporting open access publishing, with a rich history of working together internationally to advance open access to scholarly research. For example, journals using SciELO have provided PKP with a productive vein of detailed feedback for further improving its software to the benefit of users worldwide, while PKP has helped support key regional scholarly infrastructure developments worldwide. Commitment to this type of community-driven partnership demonstrates the power of collective action to transform scholarly publishing.
University of Michigan Press is the flagship imprint of Michigan Publishing, publishing highly curated and peer-reviewed monographs in humanities and qualitative social sciences. Areas of particular focus are performing arts and media studies; classical studies; political science; American studies (especially disability and class studies); and Asian studies.
Following Springer Nature’s successful transformative agreements (TAs) in Europe and North America, the company is pleased to announce its first TA in the Asia-Pacific region. The agreement with the Council of Australian University Librarians (CAUL) will give members of the CAUL consortium the ability to publish their research open access (OA) in over 2000 journals, making it CAUL’s largest TA to date.
“We’re delighted to announce a new partnership between CORE and Cypris, a leading AI-driven, market intelligence platform that connects research & development (R&D) teams with innovation data and trends in their field.
The partnership will provide Cypris with unlimited access to over 210 million open access articles to further enhance their platform and regularly add live market data to provide R&D teams with the most up-to-date research in their fields of interest….”
The evolution of scholarly communications has accelerated in recent years, and 2020 for obvious reasons put even more pressure on the sector to evolve and adapt. By opening up access to research publications, by simplifying or customising the digital experience, or by improving the speed of publishing – the focus is firmly placed on the need for publishers to work more in partnership with each other, with institutions, funders, and new players in the market to develop solutions that meet the evolving needs of researchers and the wider community. Partnerships between different actors in the research process address challenges in practice and help advance open science, publishing, and the research system as a whole.