Lindsay Cronk named Tulane University’s new Dean of Libraries | Tulane News

“An internationally recognized expert in scholarly communication strategies, Cronk’s library leadership has delivered impactful and highly valued services for researchers across the globe. Her colleagues applaud her ability to operationalize a vision with her signature alchemy of optimism, creativity and pragmatism.

Cronk comes to Tulane from the University of Rochester, where she worked for the past six years, including the last two as the assistant dean for scholarly resources and curation. She also held the positions of director for collection strategies and head of collection strategies.

While at Rochester, Cronk oversaw seven departments, including digital initiatives, scholarly communication, metadata and rare books, special collections and preservation. She successfully implemented a variety of campus-wide initiatives and community partnerships, including establishing the libraries as the licensing clearinghouse of the university, initiating the campus affordability Access to Course Textbooks Commitment, co-authoring the university’s open access and copyright policies and supporting multiple web and system migrations. 

Cronk established the Open Educational Resource Grant Program, a course material program for instructors and students, and sponsored library support for the Rochester Education Justice Initiative prison education program….”

job: Scholarly Communications Associate – MIT Libraries

“SCHOLARLY COMMUNICATIONS ASSOCIATE, MIT Libraries, to work on key aspects of the Libraries’ scholarly communications program by supporting the planning, preparation, and delivery of its education and outreach activities. Will serve as the primary person identifying and acquiring faculty-created content to deposit into the Open Access (OA) Articles collection and support implementation of the Libraries’ open access agreements with publishers and other initiatives.  Responsibilities include supporting the scholarly communications librarian with the preparation, marketing, and delivery of scholarly communications education and outreach content and programming; supporting the implementation of MIT’s open access policies by searching for faculty papers, evaluating paper versions, depositing papers, and adding metadata in DSpace@MIT (the Libraries institutional repository); serving on the repository services and support team and the scholarly communications initiatives team; participating in other group processes to standardize, document, and maximize efficiencies in team workflows; and keeping up-to-date with news and trends in scholarly communications, open access, and open scholarship. …”

Moving away from APCs: a multi-stakeholder working group convened by cOAlition S, Jisc and PLOS – The Official PLOS Blog

“cOAlition S, in partnership with Jisc and PLOS, are seeking to establish a multi-stakeholder working group to identify business models and arrangements that enable equitable participation in knowledge-sharing. The aims of this working group and the eligibility criteria that interested parties must meet in order to apply are outlined below.

We anticipate that the group will consist of a maximum of twelve individuals and will represent the three key stakeholders – funders, institutions/library consortia and publishers – in roughly equal proportions.

Once established, the working group is expected to convene up to six times. The key outcome from this collaborative effort will be the development of a model (or multiple models) that, if implemented, would enable equitable participation in knowledge sharing….”

Online Survey Software | Qualtrics Survey Solutions

“We want to understand your current awareness and use of Open Research within your research. By Open Research (sometimes referred to as Open Scholarship or, in a more narrow application, Open Science), we mean research conducted in a manner that is transparent and openly available to others. By understanding the current levels of awareness and behaviour in researchers across Reproducibility Network Local Network institutions, we can tailor our training and support activities accordingly.”

Ecological Rewriting: Situated Engagements with The Chernobyl Herbarium | PubPub

Open Humanities Press is pleased to announce the publication of Ecological Rewriting: Situated Engagements with The Chernobyl Herbarium, edited by Gabriela Méndez Cota. 

Like all Open Humanities Press books, Ecological Rewriting is available open access (it can be downloaded for free): 

Book description 

Ecological Rewriting: Situated Engagements with The Chernobyl Herbarium is the first book in the Combinatorial Books: Gathering Flowers series. Supported by the COPIM project, it is the creation of a collective of researchers, students and technologists from the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City. Led by Gabriela Méndez Cota, this group of nine (re)writers annotate and remix The Chernobyl Herbarium: Fragments of an Exploded Consciousness by the philosopher Michael Marder and the artist Anaïs Tondeur (originally published in OHP’s Critical Climate Change series) to produce what is a new book in its own right – albeit one that comments upon and engages with the original. 

In the Mexican context, experiments with art, writing and technology have a history that is tied less to academic publishing or avant-garde scholarship and more to community-building and grassroots organising. It is important, then, that in creating Ecological Rewriting the collective led by Méndez Cota are inspired by locally influential Cristina Rivera Garza’s theorization of re-writing as dis-appropriation, rather than appropriation of another’s work. Alongside philosophical concepts such as Jean-Luc Nancy’s ‘literary communism’, Rivera Garza’s ethical poetics is here turned into the proposition that the reuse of open access materials does not need to be understood as appropriation or reappropriation of ‘knowledge’. Instead, it can be conceived as a creative exercise in ‘unworking’ or ‘disappropriating’ academic authorship which responds to The Chernobyl Herbarium’s invitation to think through (vegetal) exposure and fragility. Thus, the authors challenge property and propriety by creating singular, fragmentary accounts of Mexico’s relation with Chernobyl. In the process they explore ways of bearing witness to environmental devastation in its human and non-human scales, including the little-known history of nuclear power and the anti-nuclear movement in Mexico – which they intersect with an experimental history of plant biodiversity. The resulting book constitutes both a practical reflection on plant-thinking and a disruptive intervention into the conventions of academic writing.

Ecological Rewriting: Situated Engagements with The Chernobyl Herbarium exists as an online version ( and as a print version (forthcoming). The online version is an experimental publication with links to the original sections of The Chernobyl Herbarium that the writers responded to, so that the reader can follow an associative trail between the two publications.



Gabriela Méndez Cota, Etelvina Bernal Méndez, Sandra Hernández Reyes, Sandra Loyola Guízar, Fernanda Rodríguez González, Yareni Monteón López, Deni Garciamoreno Becerril, Nidia Rosales Moreno, Xóchitl Arteaga Villamil, Carolina Cuevas Parra

Editor Bio

Gabriela Méndez Cota is a lecturer and researcher in the Department of Philosophy at Universidad Iberoamericana, Ciudad de México. Inspired by deconstruction, psychoanalysis and technoscience feminism, her research explores the subjective and ethical dimensions of technological/political controversies in specific contexts. Her books include Disrupting Maize: Food, Biotechnology and Nationalism in Contemporary Mexico (Rowman & Littlefield, 2016). Among other places, her work has appeared in New Formations, Media Theory, Women’s Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, and the Routledge Handbook of Ecocultural Identities (2020). With Rafico Ruiz, she co-edits the open access journal of culture and theory, Culture Machine ( Between 2019 and 2021 she led a practice-based educational initiative on critical/feminist/intersectional perspectives of open access, which included a collaboration with the COPIM project led by the Centre for Postdigital Cultures at Coventry University, UK, and resulted in a collective rewriting of The Chernobyl Herbarium (Open Humanities Press, 2015).


Ecological Re-writing is published as part of the Combinatorial Books: Gathering Flowers series, edited by Janneke Adema, Simon Bowi

UT project FlexSciLabs receives third prize at Dutch Education Grant award ceremony

The University of Twente’s FlexSciLabs project has won third prize at the presentation of the Dutch Education Grant for scientific education. Sissi de Beer received the prize from education minister Robbert Dijkgraaf at the festive award ceremony during the Comenius Festival in Nieuwegein. The third prize comes with a financial contribution of 500 thousand euros. The project Placemaking: relay for city makers from the University of Amsterdam won the main prize, ahead of Investing in student welfare pays off! from Radboud University.

How to Promote the Discoverability of Research at Your Organization

“In this webinar, product specialists from the Center for Open Science (COS) will discuss the free, open-source software platform Open Science Framework (OSF) and the specialized suite of tools that we offer research organizations for more visibility into and support of their community’s open scholarship practices. We welcome research coordinators, funders and research administrators to join us in exploring how OSF Collections might be a helpful tool for your research community. …”


Project Retain. Enabling the dissemination of knowledge. – SPARC Europe

“Europe has seen a significant growth in activity to establish and advance open access (OA) policies over the last decade. However, copyright has been the thorn in the side of many authors, funders, and their institutions who wish to publish OA, since many publisher policies and processes are no longer fit for purpose. 

Today, we require the rights to publish, share, adapt, and reuse material for research, educational, or multilingual needs….”

Opening Knowledge: Retaining Rights and Open Licensing in Europe | Zenodo

“This report investigates the current landscape of non-legislative policy practices affecting researchers and authors in the authors’ rights and licensing domain. It is an outcome of research conducted by Project Retain led by SPARC Europe, as part of the Knowledge Rights 21 programme. The report concludes with a set of recommendations for institutional policymakers, funders and legislators, and publishers. 

It is accompanied by the study dataset.

This project was funded by Arcadia – a charitable fund of Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin.”

ARC Alliance

“The Academic Research Community (ARC) Alliance is a community of like-minded scholars supportive of a non-profit, altruistic, high-quality scholarly publishing alternative to standard publishing models. ARC Alliance utilizes a Diamond Open Access model in which no article processing charge is paid by Alliance member authors, publications are open access, and copyright is retained by authors of their scholarly work.

Motivation for the development of the ARC Alliance is rooted in the unsustainable state of the cost of scholarly publishing, a rapid transition to open access publication, and a desire to catalyze a transition to a high-quality, low-cost, sustainable publishing alternative to best serve the ARC. This effort is a direct response to the rapidly rising costs of access to scholarly publications provided by existing publishers and a means to support the transitions to open access publication without fees to ARC authors or the granting sources funding their research.

Because the ARC Alliance is a community-led effort aimed at preserving the intellectual property of the ARC, expressions of support for the ARC Alliance principles are sought from the academy.  Your signature will be a testimony of your support and help toward building a Diamond Open Access model for the benefit of humanity and more affordable scientific publications.”

New SPARC Europe’s report on rights retention and open licensing in Europe

We are pleased to announce the completion of a study on the current landscape of non-legislative policy practices affecting researchers and authors in the authors’ rights and licensing domain. The freshly […]

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Vidi funding for four UT research projects

The Dutch Research Council for Scientific Research (NWO), has awarded Vidi funding to four UT research projects. These are studies led by Arnd Hartmanns, Linn Leppert, Jelmer Renema and Roland van Rijswijk-Deij. With this contribution of 800,000 euros, they can develop an innovative line of research and set up a research group in the coming five years.


Abstract:  In this paper, 791 agriculture journals covering various fields of agriculture from 2003-2021 by the directory of open access journals have been analyzed. It has been observed that maximum numbers of 107 journals were published during the year 2017. The journals published in English language got the top place and Indonesia has the highest number of publications. The paper also analyzed various parameters like Country-wise, Particular Year-wise, and Language-wise, etc.