Action Plan towards Open Access to Publications

“Assuming that providing research results in open access is beneficial to many stakeholders and will lead to better research, this document suggests a number of activities by which participants in the Global Research Council (GRC) can foster the open exchange of research results. After briefly introducing the concept and the benefits of open access, some common principles for transitioning to open access are suggested as a basis for the action plan. The proposed activities aim at raising awareness for open access, at promoting and supporting open access, and at assessing the implementation of the actions suggested. The action plan is designed to take into account that participants in the GRC come from various backgrounds, have various degrees of expertise in dealing with open access, and have different remits. Thus, funding agencies need to consider which of the proposed activities are appropriate to be taken up by (possibly consortia of) participants in the GRC….”

Proposal for National Guidelines for Open Access to Scientific Information

“The Swedish Research Council has been tasked by the Government to develop national guidelinesfor open access to scientific information and presents in this report its proposal for how theguidelines should be formulated. The report also includes suggestions for further assignments, investigations and allocation of responsibilities, together with a proposal that a nationalcoordination function be set up at the appropriate authority, with the mandate to coordinate the work….”

OA2020 Roadmap

:This OA2020 roadmap, prepared in principle by the Max Planck Digital Library, is incorporated by reference in the OA2020 Expression of Interest (EoI), but is not binding on EoI signatories. Rather, this roadmap is intended to offer potential frameworks or guidelines for practical steps that can be taken to prepare for the envisaged open access transformation. As the EoI acknowledges, the large-scale transition to Open Access is intended to reflect community-specific publication preferences. While the roadmap will endeavor to encompass a broad range of approaches being adopted by various stakeholder communities as they are developed, the specific undertakings by any particular institution working toward OA2020 may not necessarily align with or conform to the roadmap’s suggestions. Entities that have signed the EoI may develop their own roadmaps reflective of institutional or community needs.

This roadmap is also designed as a living document. At the moment it focuses on the ‘activation phase’ in which some initial steps towards the OA2020 transformation are described; it will evolve as momentum develops. Max Planck Digital Library intends to solicit OA2020 community input to the roadmap on an ongoing basis. For reasons explained below, this document addresses mainly the library level within the structural organization of a research institution….”

Open access to scientific articles: a review of benefits and challenges | SpringerLink

Abstract:  The Internet has fundamentally changed the publishing of scholarly peer reviewed journals, and the way readers find and access articles. Digital access is nowadays the norm, in particular for researchers. The Internet has enabled a totally new business model, Open Access (OA), in which an article is openly available in full text for anyone with Internet access. This article reviews the different options to achieve this, whether by journals changing their revenue structures from subscription to publishing charges, or authors utilizing a number of options for posting OA versions of article manuscripts in repositories. It also discusses the regrettable emergence of “predatory” publishers, who spam academics, and make money by promising them rapid publication with only the semblance of peer review. The situation is further discussed from the viewpoints of different stakeholders, including academics as authors and readers, practicing physicians and the general public.

Research guild calls for radical improvements to H2020 – University World News

“The Guild of European Research-Intensive Universities has called for significant increases in European funding through Horizon 2020 and the next Framework Programme, FP9, and improved success rates for applicants, to ensure continued applications and optimal impact….The guild supports the work on ‘open innovation’ including the creation of the European Innovation Council to coordinate the open, radical and disruptive innovation driven by universities, industry and entrepreneurs, although it wants the funding to come from additional funds, not from Horizon 2020. It also supports measures on ‘open access’. …”

Unleashing the potential of Europe’s universities

 “The [Guild of European Research-Intensive Universities] is a recently established network of eighteen research-intensive universities from thirteen countries across Europe….We make nine core propositions for how European funding through Horizon 2020 (H2020) and the next Framework Programme (FP9) can strengthen research and innovation: …We welcome the three Os: Open Innovation, Open Science and Open to the World and urge a focus on the ‘quick wins’, removing barriers and enhancing initiatives to collaboration….We support measures to improve Open Access, and the inclusion of the Open Access requirement (with the possibility of opt-outs) for H2020-funded research. We also support the work of the Open Science Policy Platform (OSSP) and the High-Level Expert Groups reporting into it. At the same time, we urge that: [a] Open Science can relate to national initiatives effectively, and that it builds on, rather than duplicates, relevant aspects of the ERA (notably the development, under ESFRI, of einfrastructures). [b] The requirement to publish on Open Access does not transfer resource from research and innovation to the publishing industry. The Commission needs to have an active coordinating role in bringing publishers and universities together to agree optimal ways of ensuring Access. [c] There is an active engagement with national university representations and research councils to consider questions around (i) career advancement and recognition for researchers engaged in Open Science; (ii) research parameters; and (iii) challenges to achieve research integrity, including the reproducibility of research results….” 

AMCHelsinki publications increasingly free online – now even more affordable to publish Open Access article | HULib News

From Google’s English: “Meilahden Academic Medical Center Helsinki ( #amchelsinki ) researchers in the publish more and more articles freely online, or Open Access -julkaisualustoilla. Terkko innovative Scholar Charter service will tell you that the three most popular magazine at the moment is an Open Access publications: PLoS ONE, Scientific Reports and Nature Communications. Now the library has entered into an agreement BMJ Open with -huippulehden reduced APC-payments. BMJ Open ‘in the APC value is lowered by means of this contract by as much as 25%! …”

Open Course Library – Home

“The Open Course Library (OCL) is a collection of shareable course materials, including syllabi, course activities, readings, and assessments designed by teams of college faculty, instructional designers, librarians, and other experts. Some of our materials (also called open educational resources, or OER) are paired with low cost textbooks ($30 or less). Many of the courses can be taught at no cost to students. Unless otherwise noted, all materials are shared under a Creative Commons (CC BY) license.OCL courses and materials have undergone testing for accessibility and have been designed using the industry-standard Quality Matters (QM) rubric for assessing the quality of online courses….”