OpenCon 2015 Applications are Open!

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Applications to attend OpenCon 2015 on November 14-16 in Brussels, Belgium are now open! The application is available on the OpenCon website at opencon2015.org/attend and includes the opportunity to apply for a travel scholarship to cover the cost of travel and accommodations. Applications will close on June 22nd at 11:59pm PDT.

OpenCon seeks to bring together the most capable, motivated students and early career academic professionals from around the world to advance Open Access, Open Education, and Open Data—regardless of their ability to cover travel costs.  In 2014, more than 80% of attendees received support.  Due to this, attendance at OpenCon is by application only.

Students and early career academic professionals of all experience levels are encouraged to apply.  We want to support those who have ideas for new projects and initiatives in addition to those who are already leading them.  The most important thing is an interest in advancing Open Access, Open Education, and Open Data and a commitment to taking action. We also hope to use applications to connect applicants with opportunities for collaboration, local events in your area, and scholarship opportunities to attend other relevant conferences.

OpenCon is equal parts conference and community.  The meeting in Brussels serves as the centerpiece of a much larger network to foster initiatives and collaboration among the next generation across OpenCon’s issue areas.  Become an active part of the community by joining our discussion list, tuning in for our monthly community calls and webcasts, or hosting an OpenCon satellite event in your community.

Apply now, and join the OpenCon community today!

About OpenCon:

Hosted by the Right to Research Coalition and SPARC, OpenCon 2015 will bring together students and early career academic professionals from across the world to learn about the issues, develop critical skills, and return home ready to catalyze action toward a more open system for sharing the world’s information — from scholarly and scientific research, to educational materials, to digital data.  OpenCon 2015 will be held on November 14-16 in Brussels, Belgium.

OpenCon 2015’s three day program will begin with two days of conference-style keynotes, panels, and interactive workshops, drawing both on the expertise of leaders in the Open Access, Open Education and Open Data movements and the experience of participants who have already led successful projects.

The third day will take advantage of the location in Brussels by providing a half-day of advocacy training followed by the opportunity for in-person meetings with relevant policy makers, ranging from the European Parliament, European Commission, embassies, and key NGOs. Participants will leave with a deeper understanding of the conference’s three issue areas, stronger skills in organizing local and national projects, and connections with policymakers and prominent leaders across the three issue areas.

OpenCon 2015 builds on the success of the first-ever OpenCon meeting last year which convened 115 students and early career academic professionals from 39 countries in Washington, DC.  

Speakers at OpenCon 2014 included the Deputy Assistant to the President of the United States for Legislative Affairs, the Chief Commons Officer of Sage Bionetworks, the Associate Director for Data Science for the U.S. National Institutes of Health, and more than 15 students and early career academic professionals leading successful initiatives. OpenCon 2015 will again feature leading experts, and the program will be announced in the coming months.

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SHERPA Services at Open Repositories 2013

We are glad to announce that several members of SHERPA Services staff will be attending and presenting at Open Repositories 2013, in Prince Edward Island, Canada next week.

 

Presentations by SHERPA Services include:

Peter Millington – Plenary: Compliance with Funders’ Mandates – FACT

Peter Millington – 24/7: Counting on OpenDOAR

Azhar Hussain – 24/7: An Investigation into Journal Research Data Policies: Lessons from the JoRD Project

Azhar Hussain – Poster: An Investigation into Journal Research Data Policies: Lessons from the JoRD Project

 

Further details of the conference schedule can be found here.

Please note that there may be a delay in replying to enquiries during the week of 8th-12th July.

PLOS ONE goes to Washington D.C. for AACR. Come visit us!

PONE-D-12-27359R1Next week PLOS ONE will join PLOS Biology at the American Association for Cancer Research Annual Meeting.  This meeting will highlight the latest findings in all major areas of cancer research and as a journal that has published thousands of papers on cancer research – the PLOS ONE team is very excited to attend the event.

If you are an author, reviewer, editor, or just curious about PLOS ONE; we encourage you to stop by the PLOS booth (booth #544) between April 7th – April 10th.

Academic Editors: On April 9th, we will be hosting a Meet & Greet from 12:00-1:30 pm at the PLOS booth #544. Please stop by to say hi and to meet your fellow editors, as well as, ONE staff.

Authors:   Find out who has cited your work, how many people are using it in their Mendeley library, and the number of times your pdf has been downloaded (among many other things). Let us demonstrate our article level metrics in exchange for a free t-shirt.

For more information: Check out PLOS Biology’s post on Biologue: PLOS Biology – open for cancer research.  In addition, the PLOS Bio team has assembled a special AACR Collection. These articles cover various aspects of cancer biology published by the journal over the last few years.

Interested in reading cancer research published by PLOS ONE before the conference?  Click here for a list of over 5,000 research articles on the topic.

We hope to see you there!

Image Credit: Figure from Chang H-Y, Shih M-H, Huang H-C, Tsai S-R, Juan H-F, et al. (2013) Middle Infrared Radiation Induces G2/M Cell Cycle Arrest in A549 Lung Cancer Cells. PLoS ONE 8(1): e54117. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0054117