Taking the research journal ‘in a new direction’ | Research Information

“A new journal concept from Cambridge University Press will bring researchers from different fields together around the fundamental questions that cut across traditional disciplines.

The Press says that, by focussing research on finding answers to such questions, this  approach will speed discovery by fostering collaboration and knowledge sharing between subject communities. It is also aimed at providing opportunities to publish research from areas that are not well served by traditional, discipline-specific journals.

Informed by feedback from hundreds of researchers, the first titles under the Research Directions banner will launch in 2022, with an initial set of questions and a publishing model that mirrors the research lifecycle, with results, analysis and impact reviews all published as separate, open access, peer-reviewed and citable outputs on the Press’s Cambridge Core platform.

In contrast to the traditional, self-contained research paper, researchers will be able to contribute at different stages in the process, sharing and building on each other’s work. They can submit results that address the questions posed, or analysis of others’ results, offering alternative insights and interpretations and using the findings to inform their own work. As the final part of the process, review articles will bring together the work done in response to particular questions, describing the context and the impact of what has been published….”

Strong open access growth set to continue – report | Research Information

“Around a third of all global research articles are now published open access, according to a new report from the STM association. Recent strong growth in OA publishing is projected to continue – with some countries, such as the UK, on track for 90 per cent of their researchers’ output to be published OA within a year due to business model and operational innovations.

STM (the Association of Scientific, Technical and Medical Publishers) published the latest edition of The STM Report, the organisation’s  overview of the scientific and scholarly publishing market. The revised report, which adopts a new supplement format to be issued in regular thematic updates, reveals significant publisher-driven growth in OA and ‘continued dynamism’ in the scholarly communication ecosystem.

For the past 15 years, the STM Report has provided data and analysis for all involved in the global activity of research, highlighting and exploring the trends, issues and challenges facing scholarly publishing. The latest edition in the series: ‘STM Global Brief 2021 – Economics and market size’ provides an update on the size and shape of scholarly publishing and offers the latest global market values for the industry across scientific and technical, medical, and social sciences and humanities fields….”

Library Publishing Coalition Releases Inaugural Annual Report | Library Publishing Coalition

“The Library Publishing Coalition is delighted to announce the release of its inaugural Annual Report!

In addition to outlining the LPC’s finances, assets, and membership, the Annual Report details the many ways the LPC was able to develop and provide resources to the library publishing community despite the challenges of the last year. From the creation of the LPC Roadmap for Anti-Racist Practice, to holding a fully remote Library Publishing Forum, to assisting with the launch of the Coalition for Diversity and Inclusion in Scholarly Communication (C4DISC), the LPC was able grow, improve, and build capacity for future endeavours. 

Most importantly, the Annual Report provides us with an opportunity to acknowledge the efforts and accomplishments of the community. The Library Publishing Coalition has made tremendous strides toward meeting its strategic goals this past year, and that work is undertaken by LPC members, working individually, in groups, and alongside our partners and affiliate organizations. All of the people involved in this work offered their time, energy, and expertise to fulfill our vision of a scholarly publishing landscape that is open, inclusive, and sustainable. We’re grateful for their continued care and effort, and hope you will take a moment to celebrate their contributions to the wider community.”

EDP Sciences – EDP Sciences and TU Delft conclude a publish and read transformative agreement

“We are pleased to report that EDP Sciences has signed a transformative agreement with the Dutch university TU Delft. The agreement covers 2022-2024 and allows corresponding authors from TU Delft to publish a number of open access articles each year in any EDP Sciences journal without paying article processing charges (APCs)….”

Regional and international experts come together to discuss open access research in MENA | ZAWYA MENA Edition

“International research and education leaders will come together today to discuss the accessibility and visibility of research in the MENA region.  

The free symposium Towards a more knowledgeable world: Open Access research in MENAis being held during the annual global Open Access week. It will consist of a series of talks by leading regional stakeholders and global organisations about the implementation and benefits of open research practices.  …”

NWO grant for research on non-swelling membranes

Membranes are worldwide used at a large scale for the purification of water. However, they are not yet suitable for use in organic solvents, as these solvents modify the small pores in polymer membranes to such an extent that they no longer work. UT researcher Dr Mieke Luiten-Olieman (Department of Inorganic Membranes) is developing sustainable ceramic nanofiltration membranes for organic solvents in the ReSolve research project. The Dutch Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) recently awarded funding within the Open Technology Programme.

Ginormous New ‘Index’ Shares Data From 100 Million Science Papers For Free

There’s a vast amount of research out there, with the volume growing rapidly with each passing day. But there’s a problem. Not only is a lot of the existing literature hidden behind a paywall, but it can also be difficult to parse and make sense of in a comprehensive, logical way. What’s really needed is a super-smart version of Google just for academic papers. Enter the General Index, a new database of some 107.2 million journal articles, totaling 38 terabytes of data in its uncompressed form. It spans more than 355 billion rows of text, each featuring a key word or phrase plucked from a published paper.


The Results Are In of Our Open Access Survey

A few weeks ago, we sent out a survey to hear about your experiences with Open Access. In this survey we asked questions like, do you believe the scholarly community could do research more effectively if all scientific communication were freely available under an open access license? and, would you prefer if peer reviews were made open? We’re happy to present the results today which coincides nicely with the final day of Open Access Week 2021

Brainiacs Journal of Brain Imaging And Computing Sciences

“Brain Health Alliance, a not-for-profit organization, manages and publishes the Brainiacs Journal of Brain Imaging And Computing Sciences, also called simply Brainiacs or the Brainiacs Journal as an online journal (LCCN 2021201717, ISSN 2766-6883) of scholarly research articles and electronic digital documents available via open access. All documents will be published fully open access and freely available without any page charges or publishing fees paid by authors and without any access fees paid by readers.”

Going for Gold: How does the access type of articles in hybrid journals affect the reach and impact of research?

“Many studies have already looked at the advantages of publishing open access (OA) over non-OA, however few have explored the effects of publishing OA articles in hybrid journals—journals that contain both a mixture of OA and non-OA articles. Fewer still have directly compared the differences in impact and reach for the full range of publishing models in hybrid journals, such as Gold OA articles to subscription articles where an earlier article version (e.g. the accepted manuscript or preprint) has been self-archived in an OA repository.

In 2021, Springer Nature commissioned an analysis of 60,567 articles published in 1,262 of its hybrid journals, measuring reach by the number of downloads and the attention reflected in the Altmetric Attention Score, and impact through the number of citations. This presentation will discuss the findings from the recent Springer Nature white paper, “Going for Gold: Exploring the Reach and Impact of Gold Open Access Articles in Hybrid Journals,” as well as potential implications of these findings for authors, and for institutional and funder policy decisions. Jessica Monaghan, Director of Policy and Performance, OA, at Springer Nature will give a presentation and answer your questions.”

OASPA Webinar: Openness and Privacy

“OASPA is pleased to announce our next webinar which will focus on the interface between openness and privacy. Open Access is part of a large movement in scholarly research toward openness, often captured in terms such as Open Science, Open Licenses, Open Data, and Open Metadata. The rights of researchers to make their work open are also being championed by funders, such as Coalition S, using the Rights Retention Strategy, for more visit https://www.coalition-s.org/rights-retention-strategy/.

At the same time, in response to the ongoing intrusion of corporate and state interests into people’s private lives, the emphasis on (data) privacy has become more pronounced, for example with the advent of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation.

In this OASPA webinar, we intend to discuss some aspects of this tension between openness and privacy, including what is the role of funders, publishers, universities and libraries in balancing the need for privacy with the demand for openness, and long-term preservation of that openness?”