DFG – Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft – Stellungnahme der DFG zur Gründung von „cOAlition S“ zur Unterstützung von Open Access

From Google’s English: “A coalition of several European research funding organizations (cOAlition S), supported by the European Commission and the European Research Council (ERC), has agreed to make full and immediate open access to science publications they support mandatory from 2020 onwards.

The German Research Foundation (DFG) works closely with European funding organizations in Science Europe and Knowledge Exchange, as well as with all relevant national organizations to build and develop a science and research-friendly open access environment. It therefore welcomes the coordinated cooperation of various funding organizations to implement an open access approach….

The DFG continues to support Open Access based on the interests of researchers and with a view to better cost transparency, both in terms of the cost of access to publications and publication fees. It supports the “cOAlition S” in a series of measures that the DFG has already begun implementing in the past….”

[But DFG did not endorse Plan S or join the Plan S coalition.]

Publizieren: “Open Access sollte freiwillig sein” – Forschung & Lehre

From Google’s English: “I consider the possibility of free access to publications to enrich the scientific publishing culture as long as it is voluntary. I like to use Open Access myself sometimes. But I see it critically that central arguments in the open access debate are presented as alternative, although they are not on closer analysis. A compulsion to open access is felt by many scientists as restriction of their freedom of choice. It also creates bureaucracy and costs the authors money. In the light of these facts, as well as current discussions on “Plan S”, I think it is appropriate to take a closer look at the critical aspects of Open Access.”

Open-Access-Strategie des Landes Brandenburg | Zenodo

“This paper is the result of a project funded by the MWFK Brandenburg , which has been under the direction of Prof. Dr. med. jur. Ellen Euler, LL.M. at the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam is settled. The goal was and is to involve all areas and actors involved in scholarly publishing in Brandenburg in a transparent, collaborative and integrative multi-stakeholder project and to participate in the development of this strategy. Finally, the Brandenburg Regional Rectors’ Conference (BLRK), in which all Brandenburg universities are represented, dealt with the present strategy in July 2019. All the institutions that wanted to actively participate in the process, in particular the higher education institutions in the state of Brandenburg and their infrastructure facilities, have named representatives who have perceived the interests and needs of the respective area and contributed them to the strategy. Through bilateral talks, networking meetings,

Open access as a cross-cutting task requires joint and coordinated efforts at all levels. The present open access strategy defines objectives for the state of Brandenburg and the measures to be implemented by the relevant actors (scientists, universities, infrastructure facilities and provincial government), which should contribute to the achievement of the objectives, as well as the measures required to track the achievement of the objectives. The knowledge from the state of Brandenburg should become more visible, discoverable, accessible and usable. Brandenburg as a science location will thus become more attractive, and the innovative capacity of the region and the knowledge-based companies of the state of Brandenburg will be strengthened….”

Open-Access-Strategie des Landes Brandenburg veröffentlicht – netzpolitik.org

From Google’s English: “Brandenburg is the sixth federal state [in Germany] to present its own strategy for more openness in science. So far, only Baden-Württemberg (May 2014) , Berlin (July 2015) , Hamburg (September 2017) , Schleswig-Holstein (November 2014) , Thuringia (January 2018) and the Confederation (September 2016) have come through the Ministry of Education and Research expressly known to Open Access.

In addition, the federal government is currently working on a national open access strategy as evidenced by the February 2018 coalition agreement . Actually amazing, considering that more than 15 years ago the Berlin Declaration in 2003 laid the foundation for more open access in Germany….

It is noteworthy that the country, starting with the Ministry for Science, Research and Culture , which is responsible for Open Access, wants to lead by example and make its own publications, as well as its own website, open-access best practice in the future want!

In order to motivate as many interested parties as possible in the field of open access to science, the state will annually award prizes for best practice examples from science and designate open access ambassadors whose work should be transmitted to their colleagues….

Ultimately, it is the scientists from Brandenburg who have to fill the country’s open access strategy with life and contribute to the implementation of the strategic goals. The strategy therefore identifies necessary measures for these as well as for other important actors to strategically promote open access in the country.

 

Among other things, the scientists are asked to always consider an open access publication and to license the publication as open as possible. Where this is not possible, they should always exercise their secondary publishing rights….”

 

Freies Wissen: EU-Kommission stellt ihre Publikationen unter offene Lizenzen – netzpolitik.org

From Google’s English: “The EU Commission places its contents under Creative Commons licenses and supports the organization in the translation of license texts. She is thus ahead of the federal government with a good role model….

Since the beginning of this year, many contents and publications of the EU Commission have been standardized under two Creative Commons licenses. Both allow a largely free use of such content, which can now virtually arbitrarily remix, pass on and commercially reuse.

At the end of February, the EU Commission announced that it would place most of the knowledge it produced under a “CC BY 4.0” license . Therefore, everyone is free to share, modify and use such content for any purpose as long as the author is named. For metadata, raw data and “other documents of a similar nature”, the EU Commission even goes one step further and places it under the even more liberal CC public domain license ….”

Freies Wissen: EU-Kommission stellt ihre Publikationen unter offene Lizenzen – netzpolitik.org

From Google’s English: “The EU Commission places its contents under Creative Commons licenses and supports the organization in the translation of license texts. She is thus ahead of the federal government with a good role model….

Since the beginning of this year, many contents and publications of the EU Commission have been standardized under two Creative Commons licenses. Both allow a largely free use of such content, which can now virtually arbitrarily remix, pass on and commercially reuse.

At the end of February, the EU Commission announced that it would place most of the knowledge it produced under a “CC BY 4.0” license . Therefore, everyone is free to share, modify and use such content for any purpose as long as the author is named. For metadata, raw data and “other documents of a similar nature”, the EU Commission even goes one step further and places it under the even more liberal CC public domain license ….”

OAUNI – wihoforschung

From Google’s English: “In view of the importance of open access (OA), the project investigates the question of how the publication output of German universities has changed in the direction of open access and what role disciplinary and organizational factors play in taking up OA. The aim is to describe the state of development of OA publishing for all universities in Germany and to develop empirical explanatory models. The collaborative partners work cooperatively on the following questions: While SUB Göttingen develops novel OA detection sources such as Unpaywall Data for bibliometric analyzes, the I²SoS subproject investigates determinants of OA publication behavior.

The project is scientifically-reflective-oriented in its aims and thus differs from initiatives aimed at the infrastructural implementation of Open Access (OA). The research design identifies three workspaces that are processed across all locations: 1) University OA publication profiles, 2) Determinants of university OA profiles, 3) Results assurance by means of guided expert interviews. The quantitative data basis is provided by the data infrastructure of the Competence Center Bibliometrics (section Web of Science) and novel OA detection sources. The explanatory models are also based on established data sources of science research and university reporting.

The project aims to improve understanding of current change processes of the scientific publishing system. It therefore addresses current challenges in the areas of scientific literacy and social participation in the scientific cognitive process. The results, including the data and analytical routines, are prepared for specific target groups and, if legally possible, published under an open license….”

Pay What You Want und Open Access | Telepolis

From Google’s English: “Most open access journals not only allow readers to read published content free of charge, but authors can also publish it free of charge. Other open access journals are financed by article fees, which authors pay when a journal adopts its text for publication. Typically, these fees are negotiable, and only scientists from economically disadvantaged regions can apply for reduced payments.

The procedure is somewhat different with the Surgery Journal of the Thieme publishing house: It pursues with Pay What You Want a payment model, which is known among other things from the catering trade and in which the customers determine, which price they for a offer or a service pay are ready….”

(9+)Wissenschaftpolitik – Zukunft der Forschung – Wissen – Süddeutsche.de

From Google’s English: “It is just after 10:30 in the morning when Jeffrey MacKie-Mason seeks the approval of the whole world. “Is Sweden in?”, Asks the economics professor from the California Berkeley University and turns to the left to Astrid Söderbergh Widding, President of the University of Stockholm. “Sweden is here,” she replies. MacKie-Mason nods in satisfaction. Gradually, he goes through all sitting on the podium participants. China, the Netherlands, South Africa, Japan, European research funding agencies and universities are also involved. The small show should convey a message: We, the science, stand together and want open access. The recipient of the message is Ron Mobed, CEO of Elsevier, the world’s largest science publisher, smiling cheerfully at the lectern. MacKie-Mason turns to Mobed:

It’s the big question of the open access movement. Are publishers serious when they say they too are working to make free access to knowledge the worldwide standard? To come closer to an answer, the initiative “OA2020”, coordinated by the Max Planck Society, has for the first time the three largest publishers for the 14th time this past Tuesday . Berlin Open Access Conference invited to its convention center. In 2003 the first conference took place here. In the Goethe Hall, where Mobed is now asking the questions, the participants then signed the “Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Scientific Knowledge”, the manifesto of the Open Access movement….”