The Open Syllabus Project

“Welcome to The Open Syllabus Project 2.0. Now you can explore college teaching, publishing, and intellectual traditions across 6 million classes, 4700 schools, and 79 countries.

You can dive into schools and fields, look at how the adoption of texts changes over time, and compare how teaching varies in different countries.

So explore, let us know what you think, and give some thought to sharing your syllabi….”

Open science in the newly adopted Law on Science and Research in Serbia – OpenAIRE Blog

Open Science is an internationally and universally accepted term that includes open (free for the end-users) access to scientific and educational literature, open research, open innovation, open source software, etc. In all documents regulating science in the European Union (and beyond), open access is mandatory, as the wider community has the right of access to the results of scientific research funded from public sources, i.e. by the money of taxpayers. The Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development (MESTD) has unambiguously shown determination in the previous period to follow the principles of open science. This is, above all, reflected in the Open Science Platform (adopted in July 2018, English translation), and in several articles in the recently adopted new Law on Science and Research.

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Colorado School of Mines Details – Scholarly Communications Librarian

“The Arthur Lakes Library of the Colorado School of Mines invites applications for the position of Scholarly Communications Librarian. We are seeking creative, collaborative, passionate, and innovative candidates to provide leadership in advancing scholarly communications programs that align with Library and Campus priorities and policies. This person will lead the implementation and ongoing progression of the Arthur Lakes Library to be the campus nexus for scholarly communications. Working in a highly collaborative, small team environment, the candidate’s leadership responsibilities will intersect with many of the Library’s key strategic initiatives. 

The Scholarly Communications Librarian position develops partnerships with faculty, students, and researchers at Mines and other institutions on using, creating, disseminating, and preserving scholarly information throughout the research and knowledge creation lifecycle. The Scholarly Communications Librarian has leadership, management, policy, planning, education, and advocacy responsibilities for all aspects of scholarly communications. Through proactive outreach, instruction, and consultation, the Scholarly Communications Librarian establishes campus trust in the Library’s expertise, and builds collaborative partnerships to enhance Mines’ research impact, promote open scholarship, and disseminate research outputs….”

Call for tenders: Open Research Europe — The European Commission Open Research Publishing Platform, Deadline: 09/09/2019

ender reference number
RTD/2019/OP/006

Title
Open Research Europe — The European Commission Open Research Publishing Platform

Description
The present call for tender concerns the setting up of a publishing platform for scientific articles as a service for Horizon 2020 beneficiaries. The platform will provide an open access publishing venue without cost to the beneficiaries of Horizon 2020. The platform will manage the entire publication process, from submission to publication, post-publication curation and preservation, of original articles stemming from Horizon 2020 funding and will implement an open peer-review system. It will also host pre-prints. Published articles and hosted preprints will be openly available to all researchers and citizens. Tenderers are called to customize an existing publishing infrastructure solution to the requirements of the European Commission, to develop processes and policies to run the platform as a service, to engage in communication activities for the Platform and to run the service and publish articles in the Platform. The tender is for a framework contract with a duration of 4 years.

Contract type
Services

Procedure type
Open procedure

Status
Open

Published on TED

Submission Method
Electronic

Information about a public contract, a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system (DPS)
Framework agreement

Address of the buyer profile: (URL)
ec.europa.eu/research/index.cfm?pg=tenders-open

Update on open access and academic journal contracts: a presentation to the UC Board of Regents’ Academic and Student Affairs Committee – Office of Scholarly Communication

“On July 17, 2019, Acting Provost and Vice Provost Susan Carlson, University Librarian and Chief Digital Scholarship Officer Jeffrey MacKie-Mason, and Associate Vice Provost and Executive Director Günter Waibel briefed the UC Board of Regents’ Academic and Student Affairs Committee on open access and academic journal contracts.”

eLife introduces first demonstration of the open-source publishing platform Libero Publisher | For the press | eLife

“eLife is pleased to announce the first working example of its open-source journal hosting and post-production publishing system, Libero Publisher.

The demo showcases some of the essential components of a journal on Libero Publisher, including a homepage and research articles with author lists and affiliations, figures and references. Additional features are being added weekly, sometimes daily, as the platform evolves quickly to accommodate increasingly complex content types.

Libero Publisher is designed to help publishers deliver beautifully presented content to readers on any device, wherever they are. It is just one component of Libero, a community-driven and open-source platform of services and applications being built to help content providers do more with everything they publish….”

How badly do authors want open access? What priorities do authors really have? Bringing data to the discussion | Dynamic Ecology

“Somewhat contradicting that result is this interesting study by Shaun Yon-Seng Khoo (https://www.liberquarterly.eu/article/10.18352/lq.10280/). It shows a couple of things. First journals that flip and go from free to publish to OA pay to publish have not seen a decline in the number of submissions. This suggests that at the moment plenty of authors are happy with the pay-to-publish OA APC model (although this doesn’t contradict the previous survey that shows that free to publish is even more popular; about 7-11% are Gold or Hybrid OA and another 13-16% ambiguous Bronze OA according to Piwowar et al 2018, which means at 20-25% of papers published by a pay-to-publish model OA this is less than the 35% who said free to read is a high priority). But this article also has some scary results. The cost to publish OA (i.e article publishing charges or APC) is showing hyperinflation, increasing at 3x the rate of inflation. And indeed higher APC charges led to HIGHER submission rates. It is clear that OA is going to be subject to the same dysfunctional prestige or premium goods market rules that earlier models have been subject to as well. If all journals are gold OA, this is only going to result in the rich having easier access to prestigious journals. Notions of all OA APC being $500 or less appears not to reckon with how much authors with grants are willing to pay for prestige/visibility (and also appears not to reckon with the actual costs of publishing journal articles at their current quality levels, but that is a post for a future day)….”

United States Patent: 10282424: Linking documents using citations

Abstract:  Aspects of the present disclosure relate to linking documents using citations. A server accesses a stored document in a data repository. The server determines a set of candidate citing documents that cite the stored document. The server obtains, for each candidate citing document from the set, first information representing an impact of the candidate citing document taken as a whole and second information representing a citation context within the candidate citing document. The server determines a subset of citing documents, from the set of candidate citing documents, based on the obtained first information and the obtained second information. The server provides a digital transmission of the stored document, including visible indicia of the subset of citing documents, for display at a client device.