Meet PLOS Biology Senior Editor, Gabriel Gasque – PLOS Biologue

“To me, Open Science means acceleration and democratization of scientific discoveries. It means increased transparency of the scientific enterprise and increased accountability of all stakeholders. Open Science maximizes the benefits of the scientific undertaking because it maximizes the sharing of knowledge….”

Remembering Aaron Swartz. Today we mark the 8th anniversary of… | by Demand Progress | Jan, 2021 | Medium

“Today we mark the 8th anniversary of the tragic passing of my cofounder at Demand Progress, the activist and technologist Aaron Swartz.

Aaron took his own life, at the age of 26, while being threatened with decades in prison, accused of having violated the antiquated Computer Fraud and Abuse Act by downloading too many academic articles from the JSTOR cataloging service, using the avowedly open campus network at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. A New York Times article about that tragedy and Aaron’s life may be found here. Many of his writings are still accessible on his blog….”

Initiating a transformative agreement as a small scholarly society: Interview with Gaynor Redvers-Mutton

“Prior to Plan S, many scholarly publishers yet to test out Open Access journal models had begun considering possible approaches, but few guessed they’d be transitioning to OA so quickly. Now, publishers that wish to comply with the initiative to make research funded by cOAlition S members fully and immediately OA, which went into effect on the 1st of January, have been feeling the crunch to condense the kinds of strategic journal program decisions they might have planned over the course of a few years into as little as a few months.

The Microbiology Society was one of the first small publishers to take the plunge to commit to a transition plan from subscription to OA publishing in response to Plan S. As part of the “Society Publishers Accelerating Open Access and Plan S“ (SPA-OPS) project, the society opted to take a Transformative Agreement (TA) Plan S route, one which few small publishers had previously tested. The society managed to develop an institutional set-price Publish and Read (P&R) package from ideation to execution in less than a year. The first P&R TA was a pilot that the society has built upon in subsequent institutional negotiations. The publishing team plans to assess the outcomes of its current transition efforts before deciding on future OA business development steps.

In the interview below, The Microbiology Society’s Head of Business Development & Sales, Gaynor Redvers-Mutton, discusses the rapid approach the society publishing team took to releasing a working TA and how they are thinking about the next phase of their OA publishing program….”

“It’s hard to explain why this is taking so long” – scilog

When it comes into force at the beginning of 2021, the Open Access initiative “Plan S” is poised to help opening up and improving academic publishing. Ulrich Pöschl, a chemist and Open Access advocate of the first hour, explains why free access to research results is important and how an up-to-date academic publishing system can work.

Muthu Madhan: ‘One nation one subscription’ is an elusive goal

Muthu Madhan is a long-time crusader for open access (OA) to scholarly literature in India. He has been promoting OA through interoperable institutional repositories – the green route for OA. He has spoken about the importance of OA in different forums, and written articles in popular journals. At present, he is working as Librarian of Azim Premji University.

In this interview with Santosh C. Hulagabali, for Open Interview, Madhan shares his observation on OA developments in India and elsewhere.  Also, he talks on different issues related to OA.  From this conversation, one might trace the important events that gave impetus to OA discussions in India and elsewhere, and the people who inspired Madhan. 

Everything Hertz: 122: Reoptimizing scientific publishing for the internet age (with Michael Eisen)

“The internet should have transformed science publishing, but it didn’t. We chat with Michael Eisen (Editor-in-Chief of eLife) about reoptimizing scientific publishing and peer review for the internet age.

Here what we cover and some links:

How Michael co-founded PLOS
The book Dan mentioned on the history of the scientific journal
Why did eLife launch? What did it offer that other journals didn’t?
Nature’s recently proposed $11k article processing fee proposal
eLife’s new “author-driven publishing” approach, in which all submitted papers have to be posted as preprints
Part two of our conversation will be released on January 4, 2021 …”

Open Access Chronicles: The Origin Story with Dr. Peter Suber (Chapter 2) | THE BASTION

“In this video, we sit down with Dr. Peter Suber of the Harvard Open Access Project and the Berkman-Klein Centre to explore the early days of the movement. Dr. Suber was one of the earliest and most prominent voices working for open access, and continues to be a central figure in the movement today.

In conversation with The Bastion’s Sourya Reddy, he explains what the guiding principles of the movement are, the challenges they faced and how they overcame (and continue to overcome) the misunderstandings of the academic publishing industry….”

Open Access Chronicles: The Origin Story with Dr. Peter Suber (Chapter 2) | THE BASTION

“In this video, we sit down with Dr. Peter Suber of the Harvard Open Access Project and the Berkman-Klein Centre to explore the early days of the movement. Dr. Suber was one of the earliest and most prominent voices working for open access, and continues to be a central figure in the movement today.

In conversation with The Bastion’s Sourya Reddy, he explains what the guiding principles of the movement are, the challenges they faced and how they overcame (and continue to overcome) the misunderstandings of the academic publishing industry….”

Infrastructure Series: Mapping Scholarly Communications | FORCE11

“This project has piloted and modeled new approaches to “mapping” or making more visible the people, organizations, tools, and services that constitute “scholarly communication” today. We took a multi-tiered approach, coming at this rather large ambition from multiple directions simultaneously. We conducted a census of scholarly communication providers that allowed us to dive deeply into the organizational models, fiscal structures, governance environments, and community engagement of more than 40 service providers, and we published a report summarizing our findings and recommendations as well as a blog post with more informal perspectives. We also created and published a massive bibliographic scan including information about 206 tools, services, and systems that are instrumental to the publishing and distribution of the scholarly record. We also conducted focus groups with library leaders and a survey of libraries to better understand what investments they made in scholarly communication infrastructure and services. …”