“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.

The impact of open access publishing agreements at the University of Vienna in light of the Plan S requirements: a review of current status, challenges and perspectives

“The University of Vienna, in partnership with other organisations across Austria, has been at the forefront of the open access (OA) movement in Europe and has been actively broadening the OA publishing opportunities for its researchers for well over half a decade. Although the launch of Plan S in September 2018 by a group of funding bodies that includes the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) brought its unique challenges, it has also provided the international research community with a much-needed impetus, jolting publishers into action and raising awareness among university administrators and faculty in general. The announcement also prompted the Vienna University Library to perform a mapping exercise, with a view to assessing how well the current publishing agreements match the needs of the University’s researchers in light of the Plan S requirements. This article presents the results of this analysis and shares some of the challenges encountered through the negotiation and implementation of OA publishing agreements and how these, together with the revised Plan S implementation guidelines, have been informing the University’s strategy.

 

Open Access – Missing Link to Become Exclusive Distribution Partner of Oable in the German-Speaking Countries – Knowledge Unlatched

“Missing Link will take over the exclusive distribution of Oable (www.oable.org) in the German-speaking region. The Oable solution, developed by Knowledge Unlatched (KU), enables libraries to keep track of all open access (OA) payments across multiple publishers and thus significantly simplify and accelerate their internal processes….”

Converting to Open Access. The Austrian Journal of Political Science (OZP) as a case study | König | Österreichische Zeitschrift für Politikwissenschaft

Abstract:  Open Access is a simple idea that has resulted in a confusing landscape of business models, competing policy prescriptions, and vested interests. Academic debates about the pros and cons of Open Access publishing often lack insights into the operational needs for setting up an Open Access publication. This is true particularly for the social sciences, where experiences with Open Access from the production side still seem sparse. Covering the period between 2010 and 2015, this article recapitulates one of the few cases where an existing academic journal in political science has been converted to an Open Access publication. The Austrian Journal of Political Science (OZP) is an Open Access journal since 2015; and it was the academic community that conducted the conversion process. Remaking the OZP may thus entail some broader lessons for the social sciences communities about what is important in Open Access publishing.

 

Open and Reproducible Research Group (ORRG)

“Open Science is better science. Research benefits from sharing data and scientific knowledge which is publicly available, making open science essential. The Open and Reproducible Research Group (ORRG) uses evidence-based and computational approaches to make research cultures more open, transparent and participatory through new practices and technologies. In our interdisciplinary team we combine competences in philosophy, sociology, and information science with computer science and life science. We research services, policies, and tools to investigate and foster the uptake and evaluation of Open Science practices in the following areas: …”

 

Empfehlungen für eine nationale Open Science Strategie in Österreich

From Google’s English:  “The Working Group Open Science Strategy of the Open Science Network Austria (OANA) has developed recommendations for a national Open Science Strategy in Austria and invites you to annotate or comment on the document by April 5th, 2020. To insert comments in the document, please click on the text symbol in the PDF Viewer (top right under the eye) and create an account free of charge. As soon as you log in with your account, you can then comment on the document so that it is visible to others. If the text symbol is not visible, you can find further information at hypothes.is ….”

Open Science Empfehlungen

From Google’s English:  “The Working Group Open Science Strategy of the Open Science Network Austria (OANA) has developed recommendations for a national Open Science Strategy in Austria and invites you to annotate or comment on the document by April 5th, 2020.

The successful transition to open science – Open Science – is based on maximizing the synergies and coherences of many different activities and actors. To implement all elements of Open Science at the national level in Austria in the best possible way (further), the OANA Working Group Open Science Strategy proposes target group-specific steps. These are aimed at research institutions, funding agencies, politicians, libraries and scientists and are divided into three time horizons (short-term, medium-term and long-term).

The document is available online at the following link: 

https://www.oana.at/os-empfipps-oesterreich …”

Förderung von Gold Open Access: Abkommen mit MDPI

From Google’s English:  “At the beginning of 2019, the new open access agreement between 15 Austrian research institutions, the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) and the Gold Open Access Publisher MDPI (Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute) came into force. The agreement enables scientists from these institutions to publish their articles in the publisher’s over 190 Gold Open Access journals using a simplified workflow and institutional cost management.

In addition to an institutional discount, the agreement offers the participating Austrian research institutions comprehensive reporting on expenditure and research results at the institutional and consortium level. The full transparency of the agreement published on Zenodo should also be emphasized: http://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.2536007 …”

Ausgezeichnet: Freies Wissen hat seinen Preis | Wikimedia Österreich

From Google’s English:  “In the presence of the Federal Minister of Transport, Innovation and Technology, Leonore Gewessler and Mayor Michael Ludwig, Wikimedia Austria awarded the Austrian Prize for Free Knowledge for the first time this year. The award recognizes people and organizations that impart knowledge under a free license. The award ceremony took place on January 25, 2020 at the Vienna Ball of Science.”

Ausgezeichnet: Freies Wissen hat seinen Preis | Wikimedia Österreich

From Google’s English:  “In the presence of the Federal Minister of Transport, Innovation and Technology, Leonore Gewessler and Mayor Michael Ludwig, Wikimedia Austria awarded the Austrian Prize for Free Knowledge for the first time this year. The award recognizes people and organizations that impart knowledge under a free license. The award ceremony took place on January 25, 2020 at the Vienna Ball of Science.”