Digging into shift+OPEN: A Conversation with MIT Press – The Scholarly Kitchen

“One criterion MIT Press has stated up front is that journals applying for the shift+OPEN program can’t be either brand-new titles or established OA journals – they must be established subscription journals that want to switch to OA. What other criteria will the Press use in deciding which journals to take on?

The MIT Press journals list is heterogenous; we publish from New England history and culture to neuroscience and we welcome proposals that come in from across a wide spectrum of fields. The criteria we would use for Shift+OPEN  are the same as for any other journal that we’d consider publishing at the MIT Press. Is it making a meaningful contribution to its field and has the community accepted it as a source of important scholarship? Are the editorial operations and paper flow strong and does the editorial board accurately reflect the discipline and include top scholars working in the field?  We look at metrics like citations and downloads as well, to build out a full picture of the journal’s impact. Additionally, the Press is interested in fostering an open access culture in fields that have been slow to adopt OA and strongly encourages societies and others with journals in the arts, humanities, and social sciences to consider applying.

How will “open access” be defined in the context of shift+OPEN? (For example, will participating journals be required to publish under a Creative Commons Attribution-only license, or will other versions of CC licensing be allowed?)

Open access for this diamond OA journal will mean free to read, submit, publish, and reuse the content as governed by the appropriate Creative Commons license. The selection of a CC license to be used as the default license will be done in consultation with the journal owner so we don’t have a definitive answer to the question of which license(s) at the moment. With our other open access titles, we’ve been very flexible and are willing to work with a variety of CC licenses that can satisfy funder mandates, author needs, and institutional policies. I’ve no reason to think that this will be any different….”

Shift+OPEN – An MIT Press program to flip journals to open access – MIT Press

“The MIT Press welcomes applications for shift+OPEN, our new program designed to flip existing subscription-based journals to a diamond open access publishing model. With generous funding from the Arcadia Fund, shift+OPEN seeks to catalyze needed change in journals publishing, introduce authors to new readerships, and increase the reach of vital scholarship that has previously been locked behind paywalls.

The MIT Press has a long history of being at the leading edge of open access journal publishing. From opening access to Computational Linguistics in 2010 to publishing overlay journal Rapid Reviews: COVID-19 in 2020, the Press has embraced the need to broaden the dissemination of our journals while developing new models that work for everyone, including authors, editors, societies, and universities.

The MIT Press worked with the leadership of the ISSI to create Quantitative Science Studies (QSS) after the resignation of the editorial board of the subscription-based Journal of Informetrics (JOI), in 2019. This works predates shift+OPEN, but illustrates some outcomes of flipping a journal to open access. Download the QSS Case Study [PDF] …”

The MIT Press announces new initiative to flip existing subscription-based journals to a diamond open access publishing model

“In keeping with its mission and longstanding commitment to increase access to scholarship, the MIT Press is pleased to announce shift+OPEN. This new initiative is designed to flip existing subscription-based journals to a diamond open access publishing model. Shift+OPEN is generously supported by the Arcadia Fund.

The MIT Press welcomes submissions for English-language journals in any field and from any part of the world. Intended for existing titles, shift+OPEN will cover the expenses of transitioning a journal to open access model for a three-year term, provide the Press’s full suite of publishing services, and support the development of a sustainable funding model for the future. The deadline for applications is March 31, 2023….”

Home | Offline Internet

“The Offline Internet Consortium (OLI) brings together researchers and practitioners from around the world to build capacity for providing access to high quality networked information for those most in need.  Half the world has no or inadequate broadband access, but there are many needs (in developing countries, in remote locations, in politically constrained settings, in post-disaster and post-conflict environments).  Many OLI participants are already active in such work and all believe that the work can be advanced and that it can better be advanced if those who work in this area find ways to collaborate in advancing technology, advancing content creation, and advance the work of delivering solutions to populations that stand to benefit.?

This website offers information about the achievements and possibilities of this work and encourages interested parties to join in the consortium’s work.”

John Hay Library Receives Grants to Digitize Materials of Dissenting U.S. Politics | Brown University Library News

“Through its Divided America project, the John Hay Library will digitize and make available material representing extremes of political thought from 1946 through the 1990s in the United States. With a $250,000 grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission’s Access to Historical Records: Major Initiatives program and a $1.5 million grant from the Arcadia Fund, the project will take on the digitization of about three-fourths of the holdings in the Hall-Hoag Collection of Dissenting and Extremist Printed Propaganda. Consisting of nearly 200,000 individual items from over 5,000 organizations, the Hall-Hoag Collection is the country’s largest research collection documenting the ideas and activities of dissenting right- and left-wing U.S. groups, offering a trove of material that will help scholars and journalists further understand our current political moment. …”

UCLA Library to expand global preservation work thanks to largest grant in its history | UCLA

Key takeaways:

In four years, the Modern Endangered Archives Program has published content from 11 collections, featuring more than 12,000 objects from 11 countries.
The program has preserved audio recordings, political ephemera, photography, newspapers and financial ledgers.
The preserved collections are publicly accessible and digitally preserved, while the physical materials remain in their origin countries.


Arcadia supports Redalyc and AmeliCA in its endeavor to advance diamond Open Access

The Autonomous University of the State of Mexico (UAEM) awarded $3.6 Million grant from Arcadia – a charitable of Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin – for Redalyc and AmeliCA. The project’s purpose is to strengthen and expand the current efforts of these two initiatives on non-commercial Open Access through the consolidation of an Open Infrastructure for capacity building, visibility, discoverability, quality assurance, technological development and sustainability of diamond OA publishing that yields more equitable and inclusive participation in the communication of science.



Job: Environmental Grants Manager | Arcadia

We are looking for a grants manager to join Arcadia’s environmental team. The grants manager will:

Research and develop environmental funding opportunities and provide advice and recommendations to our Board.
Manage a significant environmental grant portfolio and the evaluation of existing funding streams and grants.
Share what we learn from our research and portfolio through our website, social media and networks.

To find out more about this vacancy and how to apply, please see the full job description: