Coalition for Diversity and Inclusion in Scholarly Communications

“The Coalition for Diversity and Inclusion in Scholarly Communications was founded by 10 trade and professional associations that represent organizations and individuals working in scholarly communications. The Coalition was formed to discuss and address issues of diversity and inclusion within our industry.

A number of surveys in recent years have shed light on the lack of diversity in scholarly communications.  From issues of gender equality to the noticeable lack of ethnic diversity in our workforce, there is an increasing awareness that, as an industry, we are not a model of inclusivity. Publishing is truly a global enterprise yet that diversity is not reflected in our collective demographics….”

Campaign for Open & Trustworthy Science – Call to Action – Google Docs

“COVID-19 is the most disruptive phenomenon of our time. The pandemic has profound medical, societal, and economical consequences. 

But one reason we have failed to react on time and prevent what has happened – is the state of science and conditions of how science is conducted.

The lack of transparency is blocking science to function efficiently and preventing many talented people from disadvantaged backgrounds from realizing their potential and making a valuable contribution to society.

Our global society misses out big time, caused by financial greed and prejudice, undermining high-quality research and advances in science to solve the world’s major problems.

The Campaign for Open & Trustworthy Science is planning a path of concrete gradual changes, in order to bring more transparency and quality to science.

Please join us to make this change – or else we FAIL! …”

Campaign for Open & Trustworthy Science – Call to Action – Google Docs

“COVID-19 is the most disruptive phenomenon of our time. The pandemic has profound medical, societal, and economical consequences. 

But one reason we have failed to react on time and prevent what has happened – is the state of science and conditions of how science is conducted.

The lack of transparency is blocking science to function efficiently and preventing many talented people from disadvantaged backgrounds from realizing their potential and making a valuable contribution to society.

Our global society misses out big time, caused by financial greed and prejudice, undermining high-quality research and advances in science to solve the world’s major problems.

The Campaign for Open & Trustworthy Science is planning a path of concrete gradual changes, in order to bring more transparency and quality to science.

Please join us to make this change – or else we FAIL! …”

Open Letter – Our Science is in Danger and we need Your Help! (#133) · Issues · Publishing Reform / discussion · GitLab

“Our Open Letter action is now part of Campaign for Open & Trustworthy Science hosted on JOGL – a platform where users can launch their projects and collaborate with others to solve problems using open science, responsible innovation, and continuous learning! They partner with academic labs, companies, startups, foundations, NGOs, and public services to create participatory research programs for understanding and solving health, environmental, social, and humanitarian issues.

And thanks to JOGL we already have our first helpers!

Please help with your feedback and ideas reviewing and improving our JOGL page, so we can make sure all your concerns are addressed….”

Open Letter – Our Science is in Danger and we need Your Help! (#133) · Issues · Publishing Reform / discussion · GitLab

“Our Open Letter action is now part of Campaign for Open & Trustworthy Science hosted on JOGL – a platform where users can launch their projects and collaborate with others to solve problems using open science, responsible innovation, and continuous learning! They partner with academic labs, companies, startups, foundations, NGOs, and public services to create participatory research programs for understanding and solving health, environmental, social, and humanitarian issues.

And thanks to JOGL we already have our first helpers!

Please help with your feedback and ideas reviewing and improving our JOGL page, so we can make sure all your concerns are addressed….”

Underteckna deklarationen för öppen vetenskap och forskning 2020–2025 | Avoin tiede

“The Declaration for Open Science and Research is the common vision of the Finnish research community. According to the vision, open science and research should be part of the researchers’ everyday lives, and transparency should support both the impact of the various end products that the research results in and the quality of the research. The Finnish research community will also be an international pioneer in open science and research.

The path to realizing the vision is described in the mission of open science and research. The mission is to:

promote openness as a fundamental value in the entire research community’s activities;
strengthen the level of education and innovation in society and 
improve the quality of scientific and artistic research and the teaching materials based on it, and the smooth exchange and impact of research output throughout society, between researchers and research groups, between research areas, between research and education, between researchers and companies, the public sector and third sector and between researchers and community decision-makers as well as citizens. …”

SPARC Statement in Support of the Internet Archive and Controlled Digital Lending – SPARC

“The Internet Archive (IA) plays a critical role in democratizing access to the world’s knowledge. As a library, it provides a wide range of services, that include collecting and preserving materials ranging from books to audio recordings to the full content of the World Wide Web, and ensures that the public has barrier free access to this content.  

In June, a group of publishers filed a lawsuit challenging the legality of one of these services, the National Emergency Library (NEL), a temporary program that the IA set up to ensure the public could access books online while most libraries are physically inaccessible during the COVID-19 pandemic. Critically, the lawsuit also targets the practice of Controlled Digital Lending (CDL), the process of scanning a copy of a print book and lending it one digital copy at a time to one reader at a time—mirroring the long-standing library practice of lending physical books. CDL plays an important role in many libraries, and has been particularly critical to many academic and research libraries as they work to support students, faculty, and researchers through this pandemic. 

SPARC supports Controlled Digital Lending and has joined other libraries, library organizations, and individual librarians in signing this Position Statement to voice our support for this important library practice, and we encourage others in the community to consider signing this statement as well….”

#NoFeeScience #MarchForBetterScience

“[This is the English translation of a manifesto originally published for a Francophone audience. The text has been modified slightly to make it more relevant to a global audience. The original text can be read here: https://t.co/CBVuz4Pynf?amp=1 ]

Objective: This “manifesto” is addressed, first and foremost, to fellow scientists and researchers, our peers and colleagues. Certain recent movements, such as #MarchForScience and #NoFakeScience [1, 2], both widely shared and discussed in traditional and social media, have the merit of emphasizing how much we need, not only the trust, but also the cooperation of the general public in order to face the global crises that are defining this present moment in history. However, these movements fail to mention one scientific consensus which the scientific community still cannot, in good conscience, be said to share: the credo that “knowledge belongs to humanity”. For this idea to reach consensus status, it would first be necessary for scientific knowledge to be made fully and freely accessible to one and all.

If you agree with this principle and are prepared to support it, you are invited to add your signature at the bottom of this manifesto. At this precise moment in time, as climate strike movements around the globe are hammering home the fact that we don’t have time to wait for resisters and deniers, that it’s necessary we act now, the same urgency applies to the open science movement: the time to act by reciprocating the trust which we, scientists, require of the general public, the moment to finally open science, is also now! And maybe this idea needs to be hammered home in the media too… ”

OBP’s draft response to the UKRI Open Access consultation

“Here we share our draft response to the UKRI Open Access consultation. We will answer the questions that pertain to books and chapters, since that is our area of expertise.

Please annotate this post with any thoughts or relevant evidence you wish to share (we have integrated Hypothes.is to make this easy to do). Please also feel free to draw on our answers when writing your own response, if you are submitting one.

If you would like to express support for the arguments made here, you can sign this Google doc, which will be submitted as part of our response. If we make any changes to this draft response, they will be posted on this blog by noon on Thursday 28 May (24 hours before UKRI’s deadline) in case you wish to see the final version before signing….”