APA Creates Open Science and Methodology Chair to Deepen Commitment to Data Sharing, Transparency in Science

“The American Psychological Association has created an open science and methodology chair to work with its authors, reviewers, editors and publications board to understand and develop best practices for the evolving landscape of open science in psychological research. “APA is committed to promoting transparency and sound practice in psychological research,” said Rose Sokol-Chang, PhD, APA’s journals publisher. “We are enthusiastic about offering the psychology community another resource to bolster this work.” APA’s Publications and Communications Board approved the post and will issue an open call to recruit for it in early summer. The chair will initially work with a committee to help refine and extend the P&C Board policy for APA journals related to open science practices. APA Journals is committed to publishing transparent research, publishing replications and offering resources such as its Journal Article Reporting Standards for quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods research design; open science badges; and an APA Journals data repository, in conjunction with the Center for Open Science. “APA recognizes the importance of sharing data to aid secondary discovery, increase efficiency in research discoveries and improve reproducibility in science,” said Sokol-Chang. Qualifications for the post are experience in open science practices, including data sharing, reproducibility and preregistration; editorial experience and familiarity with APA journals policy; experience with data management, research methodology and clinical trials; and having served on an institutional review board. Interested applicants can read more about the position online or by email. APA is the world’s largest nonprofit publisher of psychological science, setting standards for scholarship in the field. APA Publishing produces journals, books, videos, databases and educational products for researchers, practitioners, educators, students and the public. “

OA policy from US Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) (April 2014)

“Wide dissemination of the results of IMLS-funded projects advances the body of knowledge and professional practice in museum, library, and information services. For this reason, IMLS encourages creators of works resulting from IMLS funding to share their work whenever possible through forums such as institutional or disciplinary repositories, open-access journals, or other media. All work products resulting from IMLS funding should be distributed for free or at cost unless IMLS has given you written approval for another arrangement. IMLS expects you to ensure that final peer-reviewed manuscripts resulting from research conducted under an award are made available in a manner that permits the public to access, read, download, and analyze the work without charge…. If you collect and analyze data as part of an IMLS funded project, IMLS expects you to deposit data resulting from IMLS-funded research in a broadly accessible repository that allows the public to use the data without charge no later than the date upon which you submit your final 13 report to IMLS. You should deposit the data in a machine-readable, non-proprietary digital format to maximize search, retrieval, and analysis….”

AIU’s Open Access Initiative: Open Courses / Free Courses

“Sharing knowledge is a vital component in the growth and advancement of our society in a sustainable and responsible way. In order to contribute, Atlantic International University is implementing an “Open Access” Initiative with academic work, select courses, scientific research, projects, and other scholarly work by students, faculty, and other contributors seeking increased access to Higher Education by making learning materials and research Publicly Accessible. The primary goal of this page is to present AIU’s open courses to the world. All courses on this page are free and open to the public without any requirements for registration or payment. These online courses are intended to be easily taken independently, without supervision or guidance at a pace defined by the user. Each open course includes all necessary video conferences, lectures, course materials, and even tests. Tests are offered as a tool for the user at the end of each lesson to verify that learning, retention and comprehension of the material presented have occurred. However, the tests are optional and the full online course content and lessons are available at once to users.

 

Through Open Access, AIU and other leading institutions through out the world are tearing down the barriers to access and use research literature and academic materials. Our organization is interested in the dissemination of advances in scientific research fundamental to the proper operation of a modern society, in terms of community awareness, empowerment, health and wellness, sustainable development, economic advancement, and optimal functioning of health, education and other vital services. AIU’s Mission and Vision is consistent with the vision expressed in the Budapest Open Access Initiative and Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities. Some selected Student Publications are also available for this purpose:  Student Publications….

Therefore, to fulfill the intent of this initiative, Atlantic International University will make progress by:

 

encouraging our students, faculty, researchers, grant recipients to publish their work according to the principles of the open access paradigm.

make course content, lectures, assignments and other course materials available to the public.

encouraging the holders of cultural heritage to support open access by providing their resources on the Internet.

advocating that open access publication be recognized in promotion and tenure evaluation.

advocating the intrinsic merit of contributions to an open access infrastructure by software tool development, content provision, metadata creation, or the publication of individual articles.

provide open courses / free courses in the Spanish language to further expand their usability around the world. …”

CSU – California State University System (via Public) / CSU’s Affordable Learning Solutions Encourages Use of Open Educational Resources

“The California State University is committed to seeking new ways to provide equity in access to free learning materials and remove financial barriers to student success as part of the CSU’s Graduation Initiative 2025.”

University System of Maryland Encourages Researchers to Consider Benefits of Open Access to Their Works – USM

“The University System of Maryland (USM) institutions have released a “Statement Supporting Open Access Dissemination of Scholarship,” a joint statement created by the university libraries of all 12 USM campuses. Councils representing the faculty, students, and the presidents of USM’s universities have collectively endorsed the statement. The statement explains the potential benefits to researchers who choose to make their works “freely available online either immediately upon completion, or within specified limited periods.”…”

Funders Reflect on Lessons Learned in Funding International Open Science Prize

“The Open Science Prize was a global competition designed to foster innovative solutions in public health and biomedicine using open digital content. The prize, which was launched in October 2015, aims to forge new international collaborations that bring together open science innovators to develop services and tools of benefit to the global research community. The grand prize winner, Real-time Evolutionary Tracking for Pathogen Surveillance and Epidemiological Investigation(link is external), created its nextstrain.org(link is external) prototype that uses real-time visualization and viral genome data to track the spread of global pathogens such as Zika and Ebola. Prototypes developed by the six finalists can be accessed at: https://www.openscienceprize.org/(link is external).”

Policy on Open Access | Cancer Research UK

“Our open access policy

As a CRUK-funded researcher, we:

  • Require electronic copies of any research papers that have been accepted for publication in a peer-reviewed journal, and which acknowledge CRUK funding, to be made available through Europe PubMed Central(link is external) (Europe PMC) as soon as possible and no later than 6 months after publication.

  • Encourage you to select publishing routes that ensure the work is available immediately on publication in its final published form, wherever such options exist for their journal of choice and are compliant with our policy*.

  • Encourage, and where an article processing charge is paid, require, you to license research papers using the Creative Commons Attribution licence (CC-BY)(link is external)**, so they may be freely copied and reused (for example, for text- and data-mining purposes), providing that the original authors are properly credited. …”

Albertsons Library Adopts Open Access Statement – UPDATE

“Albertsons Library faculty adopted a ‘Statement of Support For Open Access‘ on March 13, encouraging library faculty and staff to make their work openly accessible.

The statement shows Albertsons Library’s dedication to access to information, aligning it with the 2016 Association of College and Research Libraries’ (ACRL) statement in support of open access. The statement also encourages ‘librarians to make other forms of scholarship, such as monographs, presentations, grey literature and data, openly accessible.’ Albertsons Library advocates for the open dissemination of library and information sciences scholarship and fully supports open access for publishing as it allows for greater exposure, discovery and retention of author rights.

Albertsons Library encourages other departments across campus to consider a similar statement. Contact your library liaison if you would like assistance or have any questions.

In addition, library faculty members Memo Cordova and Amber Sherman have worked to raise awareness of the open access publishing model, including:

  • Presentations to library staff on ‘Library Journal Impact Measurements’ that compared and contrasted open access publications and paywall counterparts
  • Working with the library’s Promotion and Tenure committee to insert language that includes disseminating knowledge ‘through traditional and/or scholarly open access venues’
  • Writing an article on the cost of academic publishing and open access for Boise State’s own The Blue Review, published on March 12″

Albertsons Library Adopts Open Access Statement – UPDATE

“Albertsons Library faculty adopted a ‘Statement of Support For Open Access‘ on March 13, encouraging library faculty and staff to make their work openly accessible.

The statement shows Albertsons Library’s dedication to access to information, aligning it with the 2016 Association of College and Research Libraries’ (ACRL) statement in support of open access. The statement also encourages ‘librarians to make other forms of scholarship, such as monographs, presentations, grey literature and data, openly accessible.’ Albertsons Library advocates for the open dissemination of library and information sciences scholarship and fully supports open access for publishing as it allows for greater exposure, discovery and retention of author rights.

Albertsons Library encourages other departments across campus to consider a similar statement. Contact your library liaison if you would like assistance or have any questions.

In addition, library faculty members Memo Cordova and Amber Sherman have worked to raise awareness of the open access publishing model, including:

  • Presentations to library staff on ‘Library Journal Impact Measurements’ that compared and contrasted open access publications and paywall counterparts
  • Working with the library’s Promotion and Tenure committee to insert language that includes disseminating knowledge ‘through traditional and/or scholarly open access venues’
  • Writing an article on the cost of academic publishing and open access for Boise State’s own The Blue Review, published on March 12″

Energy scientists must show their workings : Nature News & Comment

“The list of reasons why energy models and data are not openly available is long: business confidentiality; concerns over the security of critical infrastructure; a desire to avoid exposure and scrutiny; worries about data being misrepresented or taken out of context; and a lack of time and resources.

This secrecy is problematic, because it is well known that closed systems hide and perpetuate mistakes. A classic example is the spreadsheet error discovered in the influential Reinhart–Rogoff paper used to support economic policies of national austerity. The European Commission’s Energy Roadmap 2050 was based on a model that could not be viewed by outsiders, leaving it open to criticism. Assumptions that remain hidden, like the costs of technologies, can largely determine what comes out of such models. In the United Kingdom, opaque and overly optimistic cost assumptions for onshore wind went into models used for policymaking, and that may well have delayed the country’s decarbonization.

This closed culture is alien to younger researchers, who grew up with collaborative online tools and share code and data on platforms such as GitHub. Yet academia’s love affair with metrics and the pressure to publish set the wrong incentives: every hour spent on cleaning up a data set for public release or writing open-source code is time not spent working on a peer-reviewed paper.”