Quartz OA – a fair and sustainable Open Access publishing model. Project launch and group discussion.

The Open Access community is in search of sustainable academic publishing models that are more equitable, transparent, and fair. Indeed, some of the most common models such as Gold OA shift the cost burden of OA publishing to the authors of research, while also profiting from free peer-reviewing labor from these paying authors. Many recognise that this system is unfair towards the researchers from lower-income countries, smaller universities, or research fields where funds are less freely available. 

This is why we are developing Quartz Open Access (Quartz OA), a new initiative to enable a fairer and more sustainable Open Access academic publishing system. Quartz OA proposes the use of a community currency and a system of online micropayments for the members of the academic community. This will enable easy donations for journals and researchers, as well as voluntary micropayments from readers to the authors, reviewers and OA Journals of academic articles. Thus journals will receive microdonations from scholars wishing to support and crowdfund their work; reviewers of academic articles will get compensation for their work from the journals, and authors will receive microdonations from other scholars wishing to support their research. These credits can then be used to pay for APCs or academic conferences, and even be converted into any other currency. 

The project is supported by the Grant for the Web program to bring state-of-the-art technologies such as blockchain, Interledger and Web Monetization to academic publishing. Quartz OA project aims to help build an infrastructure for a more inclusive, equitable and sustainable Open Access publishing model. A model where great academic work is rewarded and underrepresented and niche scholarly communities are nurtured. Our mission is to enable a fairer distribution of funding within the academic publishing ecosystem, helping to promote independent, scholar-led, OA publishers and support scholars in their work. 

We want to deeply embed the principles of equal and fair treatment of academics of all walks of life within the Quartz OA technology and governance. However, we don’t have it all figured out yet as ‘fairness’ may be an elusive concept. To gain some insight into the scholarly opinion regarding economic rewards for peer-review, we have conducted a survey which encompassed academics from Europe, North America, India, China, Australasia and Latin America. While most of our respondents (62%) agreed that peer-review should be rewarded, the survey has shown that there are still some important “ifs” that should be considered to make the system fair. Indeed, the fairness of rewards may be perceived differently by scholars depending on their country of residence and research field. The quality of review should also be factored in to ensure the fairness of rewards, which leads us to the considerations of review evaluation criteria and their transparency.

To make Quartz OA fair and sustainable, we want to connect further with the scholarly community and are organising a series of group discussions to identify the core values and the ways to design the technology to respect these values. We will share with you some of our ideas on the discussion topics and ask you to share your thoughts and brainstorm with us using online collaboration tools. Here is our group discussion programme:

Group discussion 1 “Fair rewards for reviews”, 20 November 2020 at 10h00 CEST – join here

What is considered an ‘acceptable’ reward for peer-review work will significantly vary between low- and high-income countries. So what should be a fair economic reward for a review? Do you think the journals should compensate reviewers and/or authors for their work? What would be the appropriate amount of economic compensation? What should the amount of rewards be to make sense to you as a scholar?

Moreover, unfortunately, “ghost reviewing” is still a common phenomenon which means that the recognition of reviewers may be difficult, so how can we make the reviewer reward system fair and equal? 

Group discussion 2 “Journal payments”,  27 November 2020, at 10h00 CEST – join here

Our survey results show that different conditions for participation in the Quartz OA community should be expected from independent scholar-led journals and those published by commercial publishers. So, should journals be treated differently depending on whether or not they charge APCs? What would be fair conditions for participation and pricing models? Should microdonations be made to OA journals by the scholarly community?

How can “predatory” publishers and journals be identified and what “safeguards” should the system have to avoid misuse?

Furthermore, pushing the journals to provide economic rewards to reviewers may result in the increase in publication costs for authors or subscription costs for libraries… So, how can the system be designed to avoid this? 

Group discussion 3 “Author payments”, 4 December 2020 at 10h00 CEST – join here

We believe that authors of academic articles should not have to pay to disseminate their work and, to the contrary, deserve to receive economic rewards for it. We can allow this by enabling micropayments at the journal article page. However, how can we make such rewards fair according to the contributions of the authors to a research paper in case of co-authoring? 

Would you like to become part of our community, and contribute to the development of Quartz OA? Get in touch to register for the workshops at (quartz [at] decentralized.science) and have your say about what is a fair reward for academic work – be it writing, reviewing or publishing academic articles. 

Interested to find out more? Follow us on Twitter, or subscribe to our newsletter. Do not hesitate to get in touch with us at (quartz [at] decentralized.science) and share your thoughts and ideas, we would be glad to hear from you!

You can also learn more at our presentation at the 2nd Basel Sustainable Publishing Forum on 27th October at around 11h30, so tune in to learn more about Quartz OA!

Looking forward to hearing from you,

Quartz OA team

ChronosHub Launches Beta Version of Public Journal Finder

In support of Open Access Week, ChronosHub is pleased to announce the public availability of the Journal Finder Beta, a tool to guide authors through the increasingly complicated journal selection and submission process.

The beta release of the Journal Finder makes use of data directly collected from publishers in combination with several online sources, including the new Sherpa from Jisc, the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), Lens.org, Scopus, Web of Science, etc. to guide authors on where to publish in compliance with their funder’s Open Access policy.

The Journal Finder Beta:

  • Includes 40,000+ journals and policies for 30 funders
  • Enables authors to indicate their specific funding source(s), including Plan S
  • Guides authors to see if journals are compliant with the funder’s OA policy
  • Lets authors filter search results based on subject area, journal list, publisher, and license
  • Highlights the article processing charge (APC) to be paid where known and applicable
  • Offers the possibility to create a user account and submit manuscripts directly to publishers

The public Journal Finder Beta is a community-driven initiative where inputs are crucial. The beta version is based on third-party sources that have been tested thoroughly and corrected for accuracy. However, the underlying data is dynamic as publishers and funders change and update their policies from time to time. The aim is to ensure that anyone in the research community can access the tool and contribute to the development.   

“We’re pleased to contribute to moving Open Access forward with the help of the wider community. By making the beta-version of the Journal Finder publicly available, we will support all authors with the clear guidance they’ve been looking for to publish in compliance with their funders’ OA policies”, says Christian Grubak, Founder and CEO at ChronosHub. “We welcome everyone to try the Journal Finder and provide feedback. Publishers and funders, in particular, are encouraged to get in contact with us to ensure we keep their data as accurate and up-to-date as possible.”

To learn more, please visit https://www.chronoshub.io/journalfinder

About ChronosHub
Headquartered in Copenhagen, ChronosHub is an online platform meeting the needs of all stakeholders in the research community: funders, publishers, institutions, and researchers. ChronosHub supports authors to select suitable journals for their manuscript submissions by making funding policies and institutional agreements transparent. Through a collaborative approach, ChronosHub streamlines the publishing workflow for publishers, funders, and institutions for effective APC management, funding policy compliance, automated repository deposits, and OA reporting.

Virus connexion : ouvrir la Science pour les Suds dans le contexte de la covid-19

L’épidémie Covid-19 met en lumière l’inégalité des chercheurs face à l’accès aux connaissances scientifiques. Virus connexion, un plaidoyer pour un accès gratuit à ces ressources pour toute la communauté scientifique, notamment celle des pays du Sud.

Intervenants : Humberto Debat (Argentine), Laurent Vidal (IRD – Mali), Ismaël Toko (Bénin), Agathe Coulibaly (IRD – Burkina Faso) Réalisation : François Demerliac. 

Copyright IRD.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v4Edd6mo1po&feature=youtu.be

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https://portal.arid.my/ar-LY/Courses/Details/167

Tercera Disertación Semana de Acceso Abierto. Facultad de Tecnología y Ciencias Aplicadas. UNCA (Argentina)

Disertante Prof. Ana María Sanllorenti. Directora Biblioteca Central Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Naturales. Universidad Nacional de Buenos Aires. Evento ACCESO ABIERTO EN ACCIÓN, organizado por la Facultad de Tecnología y Ciencias Aplicadas de la Universidad Nacional de Catamarca, Argentina. Este evento se lleva a cabo en el marco de la Semana Internacional de Acceso Abierto 2020.

Link de acceso a la presentación: http://repositorios.tecno.unca.edu.ar:8080/xmlui/handle/RIAAFTYCAUNCA/169

Semana Internacional del Acceso Abierto 2020 en CRUE-REBIUN

Con motivo de la Semana Internacional del Acceso Abierto, que este año tiene por lema “Abrir con propósito” (19-25 octubre 2020), os hacemos llegar resumen del despliegue de acciones por parte de Rebiun vinculadas a la Acción 7 del Grupo de Repositorios. Deseamos que os resulte interesante y os rogamos la mayor difusión posible.

1.      Como en años anteriores, estamos recopilando todas las acciones y eventos puestos en marcha durante la OAWeek2020 por las instituciones miembros de Rebiun. Podéis consultarlo en la página: https://www.rebiun.org/acceso-abierto/general

2.      Hemos elaborado el recurso “Testimonios abiertos”, recopilación de pequeños relatos en vídeo de los agentes implicados en el ciclo de vida de la investigación desde la ciencia abierta y en tiempos de pandemia. Podéis clicar en la galería de videos de cada una de las colaboraciones o hacerlo también a través del rosco en el cual se identifican los distintos roles. Esperamos que os resulte de interés. Intervienen:

o       Lucia da Silveiras. Estudiante visitante de la Universitat de Barcelona
o       Carmen Liñán. Directora de la Biblioteca de la Universidad de Córdoba
o       Jordi Prats. Gestor de repositorios de la Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya
o       Cristina Bojo. Biblioteca Nacional Ciencias de la Salud. ISCIII
o       Paula Clemente. Open Library of Humanities
o       Fernando Fernández Limos. Editor de Pharmacy Practice
o       Francisco Grimaldo. Profesor de la Universitat de València
o       Carlos Alario Hoyos. Vicerrector Adjunto de Estrategia y Educación Digital de la Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
o       Jose Andrés Domínguez. Investigador de la Universidad de Huelva
o       Victoria Tsoukala. Policy Officer. Open Access and EOSC at EC, DG RESEARCH

Podéis consultarlo en la página: https://www.rebiun.org/acceso-abierto/videos


3.      Finalmente os recordamos enlace del directorio actualizado de repositorios institucionales de Rebiun: https://www.rebiun.org/directorio-repositorios-institucionales

 

Semana Internacional del Acceso Abierto 2020 en CRUE-REBIUN

Con motivo de la Semana Internacional del Acceso Abierto, que este año tiene por lema “Abrir con propósito” (19-25 octubre 2020), os hacemos llegar resumen del despliegue de acciones por parte de Rebiun vinculadas a la Acción 7 del Grupo de Repositorios. Deseamos que os resulte interesante y os rogamos la mayor difusión posible.

1.      Como en años anteriores, estamos recopilando todas las acciones y eventos puestos en marcha durante la OAWeek2020 por las instituciones miembros de Rebiun. Podéis consultarlo en la página: https://www.rebiun.org/acceso-abierto/general

2.      Hemos elaborado el recurso “Testimonios abiertos”, recopilación de pequeños relatos en vídeo de los agentes implicados en el ciclo de vida de la investigación desde la ciencia abierta y en tiempos de pandemia. Podéis clicar en la galería de videos de cada una de las colaboraciones o hacerlo también a través del rosco en el cual se identifican los distintos roles. Esperamos que os resulte de interés. Intervienen:

o       Lucia da Silveiras. Estudiante visitante de la Universitat de Barcelona
o       Carmen Liñán. Directora de la Biblioteca de la Universidad de Córdoba
o       Jordi Prats. Gestor de repositorios de la Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya
o       Cristina Bojo. Biblioteca Nacional Ciencias de la Salud. ISCIII
o       Paula Clemente. Open Library of Humanities
o       Fernando Fernández Limos. Editor de Pharmacy Practice
o       Francisco Grimaldo. Profesor de la Universitat de València
o       Carlos Alario Hoyos. Vicerrector Adjunto de Estrategia y Educación Digital de la Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
o       Jose Andrés Domínguez. Investigador de la Universidad de Huelva
o       Victoria Tsoukala. Policy Officer. Open Access and EOSC at EC, DG RESEARCH

Podéis consultarlo en la página: https://www.rebiun.org/acceso-abierto/videos


3.      Finalmente os recordamos enlace del directorio actualizado de repositorios institucionales de Rebiun: https://www.rebiun.org/directorio-repositorios-institucionales

 

Open Access in the Global South Panel Recording

Supporting researchers from economically disadvantaged regions of the world is an often-cited benefit of Open Access, both by publishers and libraries, as this panel discusses.

Date

October 14, 4:00-5:30 pm, Berlin time

Participants

Juan Cordoba (Universidad del Rosario, Colombia), Panelist
Dr. Sven Fund (Knowledge Unlatched, Managing Director), Moderator
Abel Packer (SciELO), Panelist
Elizabeth (Liz) Ngonzi (Founder / Executive Director, The International Social Impact Institute at Hunter College), Panelist

Description

Does Open Access today meet the needs of the Global South? The panel with experts from different world regions will explore what has been achieved as well as future challenges. It will also address the situation of Open Access in books and journals.

Event Partner

Open Research Community and Knowledge Unlatched

Access

Free Event

Access the Panel Recording

https://openresearch.community/posts/oa-in-the-global-south-video-conference?room_id=frankfurt-book-fair-open-conversations

cOAlition S Rights Retention Resources

In July 2020 cOAlition S launched its Rights Retention Strategy The strategy will be implemented by cOAlition S organisations from 1st January 2021. The premis of the strategy is simple, and it helps researchers retain their rights, share their work, and maximise dissemination of research as they choose.

As part of OA Week 2020, cOAlition S is pleased to announce the release of a suite of resources that provide a brief overview of the Rights Retention Strategy, and inform researchers as to what they should do when using the strategy.

The resources are all freely available for download at https://www.coalition-s.org/resources/

  • Infographic Graphical overview of how the Rights Retention Strategy sits in relation to the scholarly article publishing process
  • Handout (PDF): Space has been left on the final page for organisations to add local information such as local contact details or link to a website.
  • Single slide (PPT): A summary of the Rights Retention Strategy
  • Slide deck (PPT): A set of 5 slides

Let us know how you use the resources and how you’ve benefited from the Rights Retention Strategy – we’re interested to hear your stories. Contact us via the website or by email info@coalition-s.org