Library-Mediated Deposit: A Gift to Researchers or a Curse on Open Access? Reflections from the Case of Surrey

Abstract:  The University of Surrey was one of the first universities to set up an open access repository. The Library was the natural stakeholder to lead this project. Over the years, the service has been influenced by external and internal factors, and consequently the Library’s role in developing the OA agenda has changed. Here, we present the development and implementation of a fully mediated open access service at Surrey. The mediated workflow was introduced following an operational review, to ensure higher compliance and engagement from researchers. The size and responsibilities of the open access team in the Library increased to comply with internal and external policies and to implement the fully mediated workflow. As a result, there has been a growth in deposit rates and overall compliance. We discuss the benefits and shortcomings of Library mediation; its effects on the relationship between the Library, senior management and researchers, and the increasing necessity for the Library to lead towards a culture of openness beyond policy compliance.

Launch of the Global Alliance of Open Access Scholarly Communication Platforms to democratize knowledge

At a session organized by UNESCO on 8th April at the WSIS Forum 2019 in Geneva,  coordinators of six platforms – AmeliCA

(link is external)AJOL(link is external)Érudit(link is external)J-STAGE(link is external)OpenEdition(link is external), and SciELO(link is external) Network agreed to join forces to democratize scientific knowledge following a multicultural, multi-thematic and multi-lingual approach. The Global Alliance of Open Access Scholarly Communication Platforms (GLOALL) was launched with a recognition of the principle that scientific and scholarly knowledge is a global public good essential for the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The session directly addressed WSIS action line C3 on Access to Information and Knowledge and action line C7 on E-Science.

In addition to fostering democratization of knowledge generated in ALL places, subjects and languages, the GLOALL carries a vision to promote the development of multilingual scholarly communication standards, products and services. The alliance seeks to enhance operational and subject interoperability in order to strengthen engagement with research worldwide….”

cOAlition S Seeks an Open Access Champion | Plan S

“To take forward this work – and help to change the global publishing system and ensure that research is no longer hidden behind subscription paywalls – cOAlition S is seeking to appoint an Open Access Champion….

Working on behalf of cOAlition S, the key objectives of the Open Access Champion are to:

 

  • promote, present and communicate Plan S and thus help to accelerate the transition to full and immediate Open Access
  • represent cOAlition S in meetings with key stakeholders including funders, publishers, learned societies, representatives of academic institutions, and researchers….”

5 games for promoting open access | Musings about librarianship

Sure you could organize talks to promote open access but why not switch it up and try to educate users with a fun interactive game?

Creating a good game is not easy, but fortunately libraries around the world have done amazing work in designing some games around open access and in the spirit of openness  have made them open that you can consider using….”

5 games for promoting open access | Musings about librarianship

Sure you could organize talks to promote open access but why not switch it up and try to educate users with a fun interactive game?

Creating a good game is not easy, but fortunately libraries around the world have done amazing work in designing some games around open access and in the spirit of openness  have made them open that you can consider using….”

Open access-International alignment

“This eZine gives readers the opportunity to contribute their views on how to achieve the goal of 100% open access. You can contribute by responding to the polling questions given for the various topics.

Major steps still need to be taken to further strengthen the link between science and society. In the year ahead, the VSNU will be bringing together various themes such as valuing and rewarding academics, open science and open access. Not only do we expect this development from ourselves, but also from the parties we work with. International ‘alignment’ is therefore very important if we are to achieve the desired disruptive effect regarding the transparency of science which is paid for with public funds. We are eager to see what we can achieve in this area and look forward to the resulting social impact….”

eLife welcomes Michael Eisen as Editor-in-Chief | For the press | eLife

“eLife is pleased to announce Michael (Mike) Eisen as its new Editor-in-Chief.

A world leader in advocacy for open science, Eisen, from University of California, Berkeley, and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), was chosen following a worldwide search and selection process. In addition to his scientific achievements as an HHMI Investigator and Professor of Molecular and Cell Biology, he has demonstrated outstanding leadership and commitment to reforming research comunication for the benefit of scientists and society….”

Calling all Wellcome Early Career Researchers… – Wellcome Open Research BlogWellcome Open Research Blog

Last year when our Advisory Board met, there came a point in the meeting where everyone agreed that the board would be enhanced with an injection of individuals who could best represent the many Early Career Researchers (ECRs) supported by Wellcome. It was there and then we made the decision that WOR would create a new, separate board to be run exclusively by ECRs to provide an active voice for researchers building their careers in academia.

Our goal is to create an energetic, diverse, and creative group of researchers that can help guide us to tackle the challenges of publishing as an ECR. If you are passionate about improving the quality of the early-career researcher publishing experience – and want to help shape how we develop the Wellcome Open Research (WOR) platform – please consider joining us!…”

scholcommlab

“The ScholCommLab is an interdisciplinary team of researchers based in Vancouver and Ottawa, Canada, interested in all aspects of scholarly communication.

We explore a wide range of questions using a combination of computational techniques (including applied statistics, machine learning, network analysis, and natural language processing), innovative methods (such as Twitter bot surveys), and traditional qualitative methods (such as interviews, surveys, and focus groups) to investigate how knowledge is produced, disseminated, and used.

We are associated with the Publishing Program and the Public Knowledge Project at Simon Fraser University and with the School of Information Studies at the University of Ottawa….”

Why You Should Care about Open Access: An Open Letter to Scholarly and Scientific Authors – The Scholarly Kitchen

“If you are someone who interacts with the world of scholarly publishing primarily in your role as a researcher and/or author of scholarly or scientific articles, then there are basically two reasons for you to get involved with the open access (OA) movement:

  1. If you want to encourage the transition of scholarly publishing from a primarily toll-access to a primarily (or entirely) open-access model;
  2. If you have concerns about such a transition and want to have an influence on whether (and if so, how and to what degree) it happens.

Here’s the bottom line: if you want to make OA happen, then join the movement; it needs your voice, and there are a thousand ways to get involved. If you have concerns or reservations about OA — or, more specifically, about OA being made mandatory rather than voluntary — then the movement also needs to hear your voice….”