Viral Open Access in Times of a Global Pandemic · punctum books

“In recent weeks, the COVID-19 pandemic has led to numerous calls for scientific research concerning the virus and the disease to be made open access and freely available to the public. These calls stand in a tense relationship not only with the profit-driven approach to medical research by pharmaceutical companies,1 but also with the business models of the for-profit academic publishing oligopoly, dominated by a few companies making excessive profit margins that are essentially subsidized by public funds.2 The current pandemic makes abundantly clear that the public availability of public knowledge indeed saves lives – but it doesn’t do so only now, it always does.

Let’s recap….”

Viral Open Access at Open Publishing Fest – YouTube

“The current pandemic makes abundantly clear that the public availability of public knowledge indeed saves lives – but it doesn’t do so only now, it always does. This round table discussion will consider the ways in which current systems of research have failed to raise public knowledge while considering possible pathways toward a more informed society.

A round table discussion on our current context and open access publishing. Participants: Vincent van Gerven Oei, Dan Rudmann, Lucy Barnes, & Sam Moore The conversation is based on Vincent van Gerven Oei’s article, “Viral Open Access in Times of a Global Pandemic” – https://punctumbooks.pubpub.org/pub/viral-open-access-global-pandemic-covid-19-corona/release/3 …”

 

 

 

 

Will COVID-19 mark the end of scientific publishing as we know it?

“Under the pressure of a global health crisis, the argument for open access has sunk in. Following calls from the World Health Organization and government leaders, over 150 publishers, companies, and research institutions have agreed to temporarily make all content related to COVID-19 free to read, ensuring efforts to understand the virus can go forth undeterred….

Is this the catalyst that breaks up the bonds of an old publishing model once and for all? …”

Octopub

“An ODI experiment, Octopub offers simple way to prepare and check a dataset, and publish it online onto the GitHub platform….

Data isn’t open until an open licence has been applied. You can choose a licence that suits your needs.

If you know nothing about licences, nothing to worry about, we’ll help you choose….

Want your data to be high quality? Reusable? Machine readable? We encourage you to apply schemas to your files, and we can help you get started….

Octopub can check the quality of your CSV files for common errors.

We’ll give you quality feedback, and you can review and re-upload as often as you need to until the data you want to publish is of the highest standard….”

Publishing at Any Cost? The Need for the Improvement of the Quality of Scholarly Publications

Abstract:  At a time of great dynamism among publishers of scientific publications, with the inevitability of Open Access and  the ease of publishing online at low cost, it is possible to find publications with different levels of scientific respectability. In this context, the improvement of the quality of scholarly publications emerges as a critical element for publishers, authors and academic institutions, as well as for society in general. This opinion piece discusses Open Access journals with different levels of quality,  focusing on the following quality-promoting measures: blacklists, author’s preparation, and institutional prevention. The analysis allows concluding that the open review will be one of the key elements in the process of clarification and promotion of the level of quality and consequent scientific respectability of each of the Journals, of the thousands currently existing, a number that is likely to increase. 

The adoption of open access journals for publishing management research: A review of the literature and the experience of The University of the West Indies

Abstract:  The article reviews the literature in the field of academic journal publishing highlighting the phenomenon of the recent entry of Internet-driven open access journals into a field dominated by the traditional subscription journals. The article has a twofold purpose of gaining an understanding of the main features and characteristics of the open access journal system through a review of the literature; and assessing the extent of adoption of open access by researchers in the management discipline through a review of the management publications by the University of the West Indies (UWI) researchers. A sequential exploratory strategy of two phases was used. The first phase focused on the collection of secondary data on journal publishing and the second involved reviewing the publishing record of The UWI with particular reference to management research. The main finding is that open access was not fully embraced as a publishing outlet because of academic resistance derived from questions of acceptability, and the existence of a system that assigns greater recognition to the established subscription journals. The article concludes that open access journals have grown in respectability and quality and are a good option for publishing management research by authors located in developing regions, provided the operational characteristics of this mode of publishing are understood and caution in journal selection is exercised. 

KFG Announces Four New Programs · KFG Notes

“KFG will use its resources intentionally and in partnership with others (you!) to ask: how do we enable just and inclusive life cycles of knowledge? How do we build trustworthy information environments to support a better-informed society? How do we meaningfully measure impact? How do we ensure universal access to knowledge? With the help of partners, we will explore the cultural and technological answers to these questions through four new programs:

Knowledge Ecosystems: We examine how knowledge ecosystems exist today, develop playbooks to improve them, and facilitate new knowledge life cycles accelerated through multi-institution collaboration.

Community Publishing: We build infrastructure to enable community-driven publishing toward more thorough, trustworthy, and inclusive models for publishing platforms and tools.

Universal Data: We research and develop tools for discovery, provenance, and interoperability of data, to ensure transparent and universal access to public knowledge.

Measuring Knowledge: We craft and deliver new analytics that aligns with the growth, learning, and empowerment afforded by modern knowledge ecosystems to redefine impact and success….”

KFG Announces Four New Programs · KFG Notes

“KFG will use its resources intentionally and in partnership with others (you!) to ask: how do we enable just and inclusive life cycles of knowledge? How do we build trustworthy information environments to support a better-informed society? How do we meaningfully measure impact? How do we ensure universal access to knowledge? With the help of partners, we will explore the cultural and technological answers to these questions through four new programs:

Knowledge Ecosystems: We examine how knowledge ecosystems exist today, develop playbooks to improve them, and facilitate new knowledge life cycles accelerated through multi-institution collaboration.

Community Publishing: We build infrastructure to enable community-driven publishing toward more thorough, trustworthy, and inclusive models for publishing platforms and tools.

Universal Data: We research and develop tools for discovery, provenance, and interoperability of data, to ensure transparent and universal access to public knowledge.

Measuring Knowledge: We craft and deliver new analytics that aligns with the growth, learning, and empowerment afforded by modern knowledge ecosystems to redefine impact and success….”

Publishing during pandemic: Innovation, collaboration, and change – Smart – 2020 – Learned Publishing – Wiley Online Library

“The effect [of the pandemic] on scholarly publishing and research has been dramatic, although it is likely that we will feel further effects in the next year or two as the fallout of the economic hiatus emerges. In the meantime, looking back at how the industry has responded during the past few months can help to plan for the future. As we emerge from lockdown, it will be increasingly important to evaluate our role within research communication, the value we add, and our resilience in the face of massive disruption….”

Open Book Publishers are looking for an Editorial Assistant! | OBP

Open Book Publishers is looking for an Editorial Assistant. This is a rare and exciting opportunity to gain first-hand editorial experience working for an innovative and fast-growing academic publisher.

Based in Cambridge, we are a not-for-profit, Open Access publisher of high-quality monographs in the humanities and social sciences. The position is ideally suited to a Master’s or PhD student in the humanities or social sciences, either currently studying or recently graduated. S/he must have a passion for academic publishing, a good eye for detail and a willingness to lend a hand in all aspects of the organisation. Knowledge of the Microsoft Office package, InDesign and Photoshop would be an advantage, although not essential.

Duties will include:

Copy-editing/proofreading manuscripts
Communicating with authors
Formatting indices and footnotes
Contributions to social media channels

The position is full-time (40hrs/week). Initially the work will be remote, but the candidate should be prepared to work from our offices in central Cambridge (UK) in the future. Salary will be competitive and commensurate with experience, starting at a full-time equivalent rate of £22,000-£25,000 per annum. Interviews will be held during the Summer. Closing date for applications: 20th of July 2020.

Further information about Open Book Publishers can be found on our website: www.openbookpublishers.com.
To apply, please email a CV and covering letter to Alessandra Tosi: a.tosi@openbookpublishers.com.