Open Access for Monographs: Small Steps along a difficult Path | ZBW MediaTalk

“While a considerable proportion of journal articles are now available in open access, only a few scientific monographs are currently openly accessible. Recently, however, more activities have been started and a number of reports have been published. We spoke with Olaf Siegert about the state of open access for monographs and about the activities of libraries….”

ENVRI Open Science Trek – Data Marketplace – YouTube

“Let’s talk Open Science!

In this Star Trek inspired video, we interview Wouter Los who shares his idea of Data Marketplace. To explain what is meant by Data Marketplace and why is it needed, he uses an analogy of competing starships, that end up in agreeing on sharing data. How can competition and data sharing become harmonized? Why do we need Open science? How would a data marketplace look like? Why is this relevant for Earth science? Come, ask and comment here on Youtube or on @ENVRIcomm Twitter channel using #OpenScienceTrek hashtag. The ENVRI community open science fleet is powered by ENVRI-FAIR project. ENVRI-FAIR has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 824068….”

Interview with Graeme Nicol, Chief Executive of Cambridge Scholars Publishing – No Shelf Required

“Now, I know there is a whole complex debate running about Open Access (OA), mostly journals, but it’s coming to academic books. So, it’s not as simple as saying if a publisher asks you for money as an author, they are to be avoided. So let me say instead: if a publisher asks you for money to publish your book, take a careful look.

At the moment, ‘Gold’ OA – authors pay to make their books OA online – is not on our radar. If OA continues to gather strength in the academic market, it may be something we will look at. But if we do, it will be an option – publish conventionally, or publish OA, and find a way to cover our costs. And I think if you have an option as an author – I can choose to pay for one service, or I can publish for free with a different service – that should reassure people about predatory behavior.

If you are a small or new-entrant publisher operating a compulsory Publishing Charge, you are going to have your motives questioned. My advice would be: don’t do it! Find a way to make it pay, as we do, without publishing charges, or go do something else. If you are an author, look very carefully at any compulsory Publishing Charge….”

Observations From An Author & Librarian | Internet Archive Blogs

“She’s an author of crime fiction. A college librarian. A recently retired faculty member at a small liberal arts college in Minnesota. For more than 30 years, Barbara Fister has felt the opposing pull from her publishers and the call of open access; from the need for books to make money and the desire for her published work to live on into the next century. Plus, this author and librarian has authored five books now available in the National Emergency Library. …”

Announcing the passing of our dear colleague Dr. Jon P. Tennant

“It is with immense sadness and shock we hereby confirm that our dear colleague Dr. Jonathan P. Tennant (Jon) passed away in a motorcycle accident in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia, during the early morning of April 9th, local time. Jon was not yet 32 years old. Our most heartfelt condolences go to his family and we wish them all the strength possible in living through the pain of losing their loved one.”

An interview with Dr Rose Harris-Birtill from the Open Library of Humanities | Open Access | University of Groningen Library | University of Groningen

“The Open Library of Humanities, or OLH, is an open access publisher dedicated to publishing peer-reviewed open access scholarship in the humanities, based at Birkbeck, University of London. We’re a scholar-led, not-for-profit publisher and all of our 28 academic journals are both free to read and free to access, with no article processing charges. Our mission is to support and extend open access to scholarship in the humanities – for free, for everyone, for ever.

The OLH model was established to spread the costs of open access publishing fairly and collectively. Initially funded by grants from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and from OpenAIRE, part of the European Commission, the OLH is funded by an international consortium of libraries and institutions which each contribute an annual membership. Rates are banded according to the institution’s size, and are kept low to ensure affordability, while smaller institutions pay less.

We’re incredibly grateful to our supporters for their help; as a supporting institution, the University of Groningen is part of an international community of nearly 300 supporters from 18 countries. Each of our supporters plays an invaluable part in keeping the OLH working – so a huge thank you to the University of Groningen from us all at OLH. Each supporting member is entitled to a voting position on the Library Governance board, with the ability to vote on the inclusion of new journals, allowing the OLH to be collaboratively governed by its supporters….”

My Journey to Open Science

“My desire to do science has never diminished. I am still driven by the same curiosity and desire to explore—to discover new things that might improve the quality of people’s lives. That is why it means so much to me to be recognized now by my peers for my discoveries and my position on open science. The Canada Gairdner Wightman Award is an extraordinary honor that gives a special meaning to my entire career. When I was asked by Cell to contribute a story, I decided the most important one is my journey to open science. It begins back in the mid-1980s, when I was a graduate student in Genetics at Harvard University. A good friend, a post-doc named Anil, also loved stories, especially stories about well-known scientists. One was about Tom Maniatis. We’d all heard of him. He’d written what was then considered the bible of molecular biology, Molecular Cloning: A Laboratory Manual, a three-volume text we simply called ‘‘Maniatis’’ (Figure 1). According to Anil, Maniatis would freely share any information or reagents with anyone who wanted them. When asked if he was worried about being scooped, Maniatis would shrug and say, ‘‘I’m okay if someone scoops me, because it means science is moving forward faster.’’ This anecdote—and Maniatis’s attitude toward sharing—has guided me in my career as a scientist. At the time, the Open Science movement did not yet exist, but Maniatis’s philosophy lies at its heart. As I see it, open science is the early sharing of information and reagents with no restrictions….”

Gairdner Foundation recognizes Dr. Guy Rouleau with prestigious award | The Neuro – McGill University

“The Neuro’s director has been a driving force in neurological disease research and Open Science leadership….

Since joining The Neuro in 2013, Dr. Rouleau has spearheaded its Open Science initiative, which is breaking down barriers to medical discovery by encouraging the sharing of data and reagents across institutions. In order to understand the brain and discover new treatments and cures for patients, Dr. Rouleau believes scientists must take advantage of all the information and reagents being generated by the many different groups around the world….”

Gairdner Foundation recognizes Dr. Guy Rouleau with prestigious award | The Neuro – McGill University

“The Neuro’s director has been a driving force in neurological disease research and Open Science leadership….

Since joining The Neuro in 2013, Dr. Rouleau has spearheaded its Open Science initiative, which is breaking down barriers to medical discovery by encouraging the sharing of data and reagents across institutions. In order to understand the brain and discover new treatments and cures for patients, Dr. Rouleau believes scientists must take advantage of all the information and reagents being generated by the many different groups around the world….”