“Research England grants £650,000 to help build Octopus into a new global service for scholarly communication.
Funding has been agreed to help develop a ground-breaking global service which could positively disrupt research culture for the better.
Announced today by the science minister, Amanda Solloway, Octopus Publishing Community Interest Company (CIC), in collaboration with Jisc, will receive £650,000 over three years from Research England’s emerging priorities fund.
The money will support development of a new platform for the scientific community. Called Octopus, it will provide a new ‘primary research record’ for recording and appraising research ‘as it happens’….”
“The report is designed to assist History and broader Humanities & Social Sciences stakeholders to understand and navigate the current policy frontiers of open access publishing for peer reviewed scholarly journals.
In particular, it is timed to contribute to the two public consultations on open access publication mandates, due to be launched shortly by United Kingdom Research & Innovation (UKRI), the funding body that includes the seven UK research councils as well as Research England. This consultation process reflects UKRI’s membership of cOAlition S, a consortium of international funders established in 2018 which has articulated a new ‘Plan S’ mandate for open access publication.
The RHS report explains what cOAlition S and Plan S are, and why they matter to Humanities and Social Science researchers, journal editors and learned societies—among other stakeholders. The report uses granular evidence of peer reviewed History journal publication to examine the potential impacts of Plan S implementation by UKRI. The report is based on a summer 2019 RHS survey that attracted responses from 107 UK and international History learned society and proprietary journals. Respondents included both self-publishing journals and journals published by 26 different university and commercial presses. Additionally, the report uses data from the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) to explore open access journal publication in History….”