University of Vienna Signs Pilot Transformative Agreement with AIP Publishing – AIP Publishing LLC

AIP Publishing, a leading not-for-profit scholarly publisher in the physical sciences, is pleased to announce that University of Vienna has signed an agreement to participate in AIP Publishing’s ‘Read and Publish’ pilot program. The University of Vienna is the first European academic institution to join the pilot, which is being conducted during the 2019 publication year.

As part of this pilot, AIP Publishing is partnering with a select number of institutions around the world to test systems and processes and provide critical feedback on the development of AIP Publishing’s transformative publishing agreement….”

University of Vienna Signs Pilot Transformative Agreement with AIP Publishing – AIP Publishing LLC

AIP Publishing, a leading not-for-profit scholarly publisher in the physical sciences, is pleased to announce that University of Vienna has signed an agreement to participate in AIP Publishing’s ‘Read and Publish’ pilot program. The University of Vienna is the first European academic institution to join the pilot, which is being conducted during the 2019 publication year.

As part of this pilot, AIP Publishing is partnering with a select number of institutions around the world to test systems and processes and provide critical feedback on the development of AIP Publishing’s transformative publishing agreement….”

OpenPlanetary Townhall on Open Science

“The paradigm of Open Science is based on the tiers Open Access, Open Data and Free Open Source Software (FOSS). However, the interconnections between the tiers remain to be improved. This is a critical factor to enable Open Science. This Townhall meeting reaches out all across EGU, espescially welcoming Early Career Scientists, to network and discuss the current challenges and opportunities…”

Change ahead: How do smaller publishers perceive open access? | Impact of Social Sciences

“Small and medium-sized publishers also tend to operate much less profitably than large global publishers, which makes it difficult for them to to build new infrastructures and develop innovative offerings….

More than three quarters of all small and medium-sized publishers who took part in the survey published books and journals in the humanities and social sciences, reflecting the fact that global publishing companies dominate the market in natural sciences….[W]hilst all the participants in the survey publish scholarly books (usually fewer than 100 per year), most of them publish academic journals as well….

A vast majority (90%) of the 33 survey participants reported a slow or significant increase in Open Access requests from their authors. One third believed that Open Access will become the future standard of scholarly publishing; another 60% assumed that it will complement existing services….

Nearly half of respondents preferred Gold Open Access as a business model to Green and Hybrid Open Access. This cohort, as to be expected, also turned out to be more open-minded towards and experienced with Open Access publishing than the circa 30% who prefer Green Open Access….

Only a third of respondents reported making their Open Access publications accessible via established platforms such as the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) and the Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB), and no more than 27% say they have a self-archiving policy. Only 20% of the publishers rated their staff’s knowledge of Open Access as “very good” and there are considerable differences depending on disciplines and publishing programmes….

Most expect a decline in sales as a consequence of the free availability of “their” works and associate Open Access with legal uncertainties, unclear business models and pressure from politicians and funders. However, a considerable number of publishers apparently have also not yet paid much attention to the issue. Only 67% of the participants state that they are familiar with the content of the “Berlin Declaration“, a fundamental document of the Open Access movement, and 43% say the requirements for Open Access publications are unclear to them….

Overall, “traditional” publishers are more open-minded than might be expected about the topic of Open Access and for good reason: funder announcements, such as Plan S, that they will move to only accepting Open Access publications are rapidly becoming more effective. Scholarly Publishers who do not adapt their services to this changing demand, or who are unaware of it at all, are likely to have a rude awakening in the future.”

New EU project on the European Open Science Cloud

“The humanities, social sciences and cultural sciences in Europe will in future have even better open science infrastructures available. An important foundation for this is laid by the project “Social Sciences and Humanities Open Cloud”, which was launched at the beginning of January 2019. The project makes an important contribution to a common European Open Science Cloud (EOSC).

Social Sciences and Humanities Open Cloud (SSHOC) is one through the  EU’s research funding program Horizon 2020 funded project that aims to provide an open cloud ecosystem for the humanities and social sciences. Data and tools will be developed and published along the entire research data cycle. The developments are accompanied by extensive communication and training programs that connect people with social and humanities data and services. The European Research Infrastructures (ERICs) of the social sciences and humanities are responsible for the project; It is managed by CESSDA ERIC, the Consortium of European Social Science Data Archives. A total of 45 organizations from across Europe are involved in the project. The project runs from January 2019 to April 2022 and is funded with around 14.5 million euros.

The research infrastructures AUSSDA and the Austrian Center for Digital Humanities at the Austrian Academy of Sciences (ACDH-OeAW) are involved in the project in Austria  .  In addition, a local technology company is involved in the project with the  Semantic Web Company . In Austria, for example, the communication strategy of the project is being drafted, a European data marketplace for the social sciences and humanities is being programmed, and data on national elections are being prepared….”

Austria: Five leading Universities and most important Funder Unite to Support the Open Library of Humanities

We are pleased to announce that five Austrian institutions – the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) and the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna as Higher Supporters as well as the University of Graz, the University of Salzburg and the University of Vienna as Regular Supporters – have come together to begin work on a national consortium to support the Open Library of Humanities. This is part of the recently launched OLH Open Consortial Offer, an initiative that offers consortia, societies, networks and scholarly projects the possibility to join the Open Library of Humanities Library Partnership Subsidy system as a bloc. The newly formed consortium is also currently inviting other Austrian universities, extramural research institutions, learned societies, funding bodies etc. to join the group in its mission to support scholar-led, gold open-access publishing initiatives with no author-facing charges….”

AUSTRIAN CONSORTIUM ANNOUNCES SUPPORT OF SCIPOST

As the first consortium worldwide, the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) and ten Austrian research institutes support SciPost, an Open Access publication platform in the field of physics. SciPost is free of charge for readers and authors and is based on an international cost-sharing model of leading institutions. The platform is supported by a large number of high-level researchers and has already published several first-class articles, including some from Austria….”