IDRC grant to improve OA journals from the Global South « Infrastructure Services for Open Access

“We are very pleased to announce that IS4OA/DOAJ has been given a grant from the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) to improve open access publishing practices in the developing world. The overall objective of the grant is to enhance DOAJ and the open access infrastructure that supports researchers` ability to publish in reputable open access journals …”

AmbryShare – Ambry Genetics

“We at Ambry Genetics believe the world would be a better place if all human disease was understood. Many laboratories around the world are generating important genetic data by testing patients, and these are critical to the medical community. But many labs are hoarding this data, halting progress and preventing scientists from fulfilling what the human genome project intended – a promise to give scientists the information they need to understand disease and find cures.

AmbryShare is our commitment to end data hoarding by breaking the mold and restoring the balance. We are sharing one of the largest genome (exome) disease databases, containing aggregated anonymous data from 10,000+ human genome(s). This data is estimated to triple our collective knowledge of genetics and many human diseases.

With your help, we can provide enough public data that there will be no reason for others not to share. If everyone shares, we can learn and understand faster. With this, treatments and cures will come….”

Data publication with the structural biology data grid supports live analysis : Nature Communications : Nature Publishing Group

Abstract:  Access to experimental X-ray diffraction image data is fundamental for validation and reproduction of macromolecular models and indispensable for development of structural biology processing methods. Here, we established a diffraction data publication and dissemination system, Structural Biology Data Grid (SBDG;, to preserve primary experimental data sets that support scientific publications. Data sets are accessible to researchers through a community driven data grid, which facilitates global data access. Our analysis of a pilot collection of crystallographic data sets demonstrates that the information archived by SBDG is sufficient to reprocess data to statistics that meet or exceed the quality of the original published structures. SBDG has extended its services to the entire community and is used to develop support for other types of biomedical data sets. It is anticipated that access to the experimental data sets will enhance the paradigm shift in the community towards a much more dynamic body of continuously improving data analysis.

Högskolan Dalarna inför tvångspublicering: nytt Open Access-krav strider mot upphovsrätten »

From Google’s English: “At Dalarna University teachers and researchers no longer entitled to decide for themselves where their articles and books published. According to a new administrative system, researchers must deposit all their scientific works in full text version of the public database DiVA Open Access publishing. ARW estimates that the regulations means an intervention in the researchers’ copyright and academic freedom. Dalarna University are given a deadline of three weeks to conduct self-regulation….”

Populating the European Commission’s Open Science Policy Platform | Sauropod Vertebra Picture of the Week

“The European Commission is putting together a Commission Expert Group to provide advice about the development and implementation of open science policy in Europe. It will be known as the Open Science Policy Platform (OSPP). This is potentially excellent news. The OSPP’s primary goal is to ‘advise the Commission on how to further develop and practically implement open science policy’. But there’s potentially a downside here. We can be sure that the legacy publishers will attempt to stuff the committee with their own people, just as they did with the Finch committee — and that, if they succeed, they will do everything they can to retard all forms of progress that hurt their bottom line, just as they did with the Finch committee. Unfortunately, multinational corporations with £2 billion annual revenue and £762 million annual profit (see page 17 of Elsevier’s 2014 annual report) are very well positioned to dedicate resources to getting their people onto influential committees. Those of us without a spare £762 million to spend on marketing are at a huge operational disadvantage when it comes to influencing policy. Happily, though, we do have one important thing on our side: we’re right. So we should do what we can to get genuinely progressive pro-open candidates onto the OSPP. I know of several people who have put themselves forward, and I am briefly describing them below (in the order I hear about their candidacy). I have publicly endorsed the first few, and will go on to endorse the others just as soon as I have a moment. If you know and admire these people, please consider leaving your own endorsement — it will help their case to be taken on to the OSPP …”

OA2020 Roadmap |

“This roadmap complements the Expression of Interest; it is intended to offer guidelines for some practical steps that can be taken to prepare for the envisaged open access transformation. For reasons explained below, this document addresses mainly the library level within the structural organization of a research institution.

This roadmap is designed as a living document. At the moment it focuses on the ‘activation phase’ in which the initial steps towards the OA2020 transformation are described; it will evolve as momentum develops. Currently, the roadmap covers mainly the period between the Berlin 12 conference and the next meeting, which will most likely be convened in Q1/2017….”

OA2020 – The Initiative

“Open Access 2020 is an international initiative that aims to induce the swift, smooth and scholarly-oriented transformation of today’s scholarly journals from subscription to open access publishing.

The principles of this initiative were discussed and agreed upon at the Berlin 12 Conference on 8-9 December 2015 and are embodied in an Expression of Interest, which has already been endorsed by numerous international scholarly organizations.

The practical steps that can be taken towards the envisaged transformation are outlined in a Roadmap.

All parties involved in scholarly publishing – particularly universities, research institutions, funders, libraries, and publishers – are invited to collaborate through OA2020 for a swift and efficient transition of scholarly publishing to open access.

This important initiative is open to further institutional signatories. Please consider offering your support….”

OA2020 Mission

“We recognize and endorse various ways of implementing open access (OA), including the development of new OA publishing platforms, archives and repositories. In scholarly journal publishing, OA has gained a substantial and increasing volume. Most journals, however, are still based on the subscription business model with its inherent deficiencies in terms of access, cost-efficiency, transparency, and restrictions of use.

To gain the full benefits of OA and enable a smooth, swift and scholarly oriented transition, the existing corpus of scholarly journals should be converted from subscription to open access. Recent developments and studies indicate that this transition process can be realized within the framework of currently available resources.

With this statement, we express our interest in establishing an international initiative for the OA transformation of scholarly journals, and we agree upon the following key aspects:….

  • We aim to transform a majority of today’s scholarly journals from subscription to OA publishing in accordance with community-specific publication preferences. At the same time, we continue to support new and improved forms of OA publishing.
  • We will pursue this transformation process by converting resources currently spent on journal subscriptions into funds to support sustainable OA business models. Accordingly, we intend to re-organize the underlying cash flows, to establish transparency with regard to costs and potential savings, and to adopt mechanisms to avoid undue publication barriers.
  • We invite all parties involved in scholarly publishing, in particular universities, research institutions, funders, libraries, and publishers to collaborate on a swift and efficient transition for the benefit of scholarship and society at large….”

New initiative to boost Open Access | Max Planck Society

“A growing number of research organizations want to establish an international initiative which aims to convert the majority of today’s scholarly journals from subscription to Open Access (OA) publishing. This is the result of the 12th Berlin Open Access Conference  hosted by the Max Planck Society in December 2015. An Expression of Interest, published today and already adopted by thirty signatories, invites all parties involved in scholarly publishing to collaborate on a swift and efficient transition for the benefit of scholarship and society at large….The scholarly organizations share a common interest in “the large-scale implementation of free online access to, and largely unrestricted use and re-use of scholarly research articles“. According to the Expression of Interest (EoI), the aim is “to transform a majority of today’s scholarly journals from subscription to OA publishing”. This transition will be pursued by “converting resources currently spent on journal subscriptions into funds to support sustainable OA business models”. At the same time, the signatories agree “to continue to support new and improved forms of OA publishing”….”

Konstanzer Juristenfakultät verweigert sich der Plicht zur Zweitveröfentlichung

Scroll to pp. 135-136. From Google’s English: “Since 2014 there § 38 paragraph 4 scientific copyright law Authors have the right to Zweitveröfentlichung. Are their contributions for at least for Keeps funded with öfentlichen funds research emerged, they can these twelve Months after Erstveröfentlichung in a Zeitschrit make it universally accessible öfentlich. § 44 Paragraph 6 of the revised State Higher Education Act Baden-Württemberg has the use of this Rech to made cockpit: The universities in the state to the Members of their know chat union staff by Statutes shall undertake, the right to Zweitveröfentlichung perceive wissenschatlicher posts. they can regulate this case that the Zweitveröfentlichung on one of them reproached repository takes place. The University of Konstanz is this Auforderung of Legislature complied. According to § 2 paragraph 2 of its Statute of 10 December 2015, the relevant Posts twelve months following initial publication on the university’s own repository öfentlichen accessible to make. has against this cockpit to Zweitveröfentlichung the Faculty of Law of the University of knowledge Chat Konstanz with a letter from the department spokesperson Prof. Dr. Hans heal from 1 February 2016, the Rector turned: …”

Study explores peer-to-peer research sharing communities

“Peer-to-peer research sharing looks a lot like sharing of other forms of media, a new study suggests. While some researchers are personally opposed to copyright, others pirate research simply for the sake of convenience. Piracy been around for decades, but the sources of pirated music, movies and more have multiplied over the years, expanding beyond platforms such as Napster and the Pirate Bay. Today, many users search for copyrighted scholarly papers on Facebook, Reddit and Twitter or repositories such as Library Genesis (LibGen) and Sci-Hub. Carolyn Caffrey Gardner and Gabriel J. Gardner, librarians at the University of Southern California and California State University at Long Beach, respectively, recently explored the motivations of the people who use those sites. Their paper, ‘Fast and Furious (at Publishers): The Motivations Behind Crowdsourced Research Sharing,’ will appear in an upcoming edition of College & Research Libraries, a publication of the Association of College and Research Libraries …”

Open Science Resources for Contributing to Brain Imaging Research: A Guest Blog by Cameron Craddock – GigaBlog

“In support of Brain Awareness Week, we have asked Cameron Craddock, Director of the Computational NeuroImaging Lab, Nathan S. Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research and Director of Imaging, Child Mind Institute, to write a blog highlighting open science in neuroimaging, and to announce our upcoming publication of the 2015 Brainhack Proceedings and the Brainhack Thematic Series. BioMed Central are also highlighting some of the amazing benefits of brain research and showcasing the progress being made by researchers around to world. Learn more here.”

Product Manager, Hypothesis

“We are looking for a talented product manager to help define the future direction of Hypothesis. You will be part of a skilled, multidisciplinary team building revolutionary communications tools for the web. You will be helping define and shape a core piece of internet infrastructure as well as preparing us for commercialization….The company is based in San Francisco but we also work from Berlin, London, Edinburgh, New York and Austin. Remote applicants are encouraged to apply. What we offer: Work with a team of quirky, passionate builders creating next generation tools for media and digital literacy while promoting openness on the Web. Contribute to a highly visible open source project….”