Federal Register :: Applications for New Awards; Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education-Open Textbooks Pilot Program

“The Department of Education (Department) is issuing a notice inviting applications for new awards for fiscal year (FY) 2020 for the Open Textbooks Pilot program conducted under the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE), Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) number 84.116T….”

Federal Register :: Applications for New Awards; Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education-Open Textbooks Pilot Program

“The Department of Education (Department) is issuing a notice inviting applications for new awards for fiscal year (FY) 2020 for the Open Textbooks Pilot program conducted under the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE), Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) number 84.116T….”

JLSC Publisher RFI (2020) – Google Drive

“The Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication (JLSC, https://jlsc-pub.org, ISSN 2162-3309) is an online-only, continuously-published, peer-reviewed, open-access journal with no article processing charges for authors….Pacific University has been JLSC’s publisher since its founding. Pacific University is transitioning the focus of its publishing program away from journals and believes that in order to preserve and enhance JLSC’s quality and impact it would be best to find a new publisher….”

JLSC Publisher RFI (2020) – Google Drive

“The Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication (JLSC, https://jlsc-pub.org, ISSN 2162-3309) is an online-only, continuously-published, peer-reviewed, open-access journal with no article processing charges for authors….Pacific University has been JLSC’s publisher since its founding. Pacific University is transitioning the focus of its publishing program away from journals and believes that in order to preserve and enhance JLSC’s quality and impact it would be best to find a new publisher….”

Virtual Event Awards

“We aim to improve access to open data science practices and tools and support communities in open data science to grow sustainably and inclusively. We will support these communities with grants for virtual events focused on improving or connecting research-driven data science tools, practices, and the communities themselves.  Proposals must demonstrate the educational and scientific purposes of the event (or series of events) and specifically how it advances Code for Science and Society’s goal to create inclusive knowledge-sharing spaces and support the development of diverse leaders. We aim to invest in both emerging or established events that demonstrate a commitment to making science inclusive and accessible. International applicants are welcome! Applicants are encouraged to make use of resources that provide information on and support for best practices in conference planning….”

Exploring collaborative non-commercial publishing models for Open Access: tender results | Plan S

cOAlition S received a total of 11 proposals for the tender for a study to explore collaborative non-commercial Open Access publishing models for Open Access (a.k.a Diamond OA) published in March 2020. We are pleased to announce that the tender was awarded to a consortium coordinated by OPERAS, including Sparc Europe, Utrecht University, DOAJ, UiT The Arctic University of Norway as partners, and LIBER, OASPA, ENRESSH, Redalyc-AmeliCA and CSI as associate partners.

The study will be delivered by the end of 2020, and regular public updates on progress are planned along the way. The study is financially supported by Science Europe.

Dear Colleague Letter: Open Science for Research Data (nsf20068) | NSF – National Science Foundation

“Open science fuels scientific discovery and economic gain by making the products of Federally funded research more easily accessible and usable. Open science can also improve scientific rigor by directly linking the products of research (data and software) to their associated publications, making it easier for others to confirm the validity of a scientific result reported in a journal or juried conference proceeding.

In alignment with the benefits of open science, NSF is under taking an expansion of its Public Access Repository (NSF PAR) to include metadata records about the research data1 that supports the journal and juried conference proceeding manuscripts resulting from NSF-funded research. The metadata records about the research data will contain sufficient information to allow for data discovery and an access determination to be made (but not all the metadata necessary for reuse of the research data). Research data will have a Digital Object Identifier (DOI)2 that was assigned to it prior to it being reported to NSF. The research data will not reside in the NSF PAR but will instead reside in a repository, data center, or data portal managed by an organization that is committed to ensuring the availability of the data over time. The anticipated location of research data associated with a publication, if known, can be identified in the Data Management Plan and budgeted in the proposal.

Research data in support of a publication are i) the data necessary to confirm the validity of the scientific result reported in the publication, ii) the data described by the publication, or iii) as specified by the journal or conference proceeding.

Complementing the publication, the metadata record about research data in support of a publication will, as does the publication, become part of the public record on the NSF web site of the scientific contributions of an award. This extension to NSF PAR does not change the timing of reporting. Reporting is still done on an annual and final report basis, and at this time researchers will report on the products of their research that include both publications and supporting data. Data reporting will initially be voluntary.

Through this Dear Colleague Letter (DCL), the National Science Foundation (NSF) announces its intention to support conference proposals and EAGER proposals that explore and grow community readiness across all disciplinary areas served by the Foundation for this important advancement in open science as follows:…”

Exploring collaborative non-commercial publishing models for Open Access: Apply to perform a study | Plan S

cOAlition S publishes today, 27 March 2020, a call for an informed study containing an analysis and overview of collaborative non-commercial (aka “Diamond”) publishing journals and platforms. The study is financially supported by Science Europe. The objective is to identify ways to support publishing initiatives wishing to implement Diamond business models. The study should address the following objectives: Provide an analysis of the global landscape of collaborative non-commercial journals and platforms, charting their variety, scope, and impact in various disciplines and regions, their scientific and editorial quality assurance practices, and the challenges they face. Identify the extent to which authors and their collaborators do publish in non-APC Open Access journals and platforms, and trends over time Identify the current funding models for collaborative non-commercial journals and platforms. Identify scholarly publishing sectors where efficiency gains, collaboration, and training in terms of shared services or infrastructure are required. Identify the main challenges faced by collaborative non-commercial journals and platforms in meeting the needs of Open Access policies and industry-standard operational and technical requirements and formulate recommendations to overcome these challenges. Provide an action plan and recommendations for principles and funding mechanisms with agreed, equitable, transparent, efficient and effective ways for a range of actors to co-finance relevant collaborative non-commercial non-APC journals and platforms. Responding to this call The full description of the rationale and requirements for this call as well as the application form are available within the “Diamond OA study pack”. Providers who wish to apply should complete the template (pages 4-6) and send it to info@coalition-s.org, no later than 24 April 2020.