Webinar Recap | Plan S: Opportunities for the Future of Scholarly Publishing – SSP Society for Scholarly Publishing

“Plan S promises to reshape the way scholarly publishing is accomplished, affecting authors, publishers, libraries, and everyone in between. In a refreshing twist, SSP delivers a webinar discussion that takes Plan S and the movement toward Open Access (OA) as a given. The speakers were then charged with offering business models that would suit the new access landscape.

Moderator Jason Pointe (Publishing Director, International Anesthesia Research Society) began the webinar noting that there were no slides, but rather this would be a discussion between three perspectives in publishing after their opening statements.

The first to speak was John Willinsky (Director of Public Knowledge Project, Khosla Family Professor, Stanford University) whose opening statement introduced the Subscribe to Open model. Subscribe to Open asks libraries to continue to pay existing subscription-level fees, and at the point where enough libraries sign on, the journal or portfolio can switch to full Open Access. This library-supported OA model has drawn commitments and interest from publishers and societies, and it seems like a promising way to support widespread OA without completely reshaping the industry.

The second speaker was Stephanie Diment (Director, Open Research, Wiley) who reminded us that all of Wiley’s 1,600 journals follow the hybrid model and support Open Access if authors are willing to cover the article processing charge (APC). She went on to describe Wiley’s consortia agreements, including one with Germany’s Projekt DEAL that follows the Publish and Read (PAR) model. In this model, researchers at the 700 institutions covered by the Projekt DEAL agreement have full access to read Wiley’s journals, and can publish their own primary research and review articles as Gold OA. The related fees and APCs are paid centrally by Projekt DEAL institutions. Stephanie highlighted the fact that Wiley’s PAR agreements are customized to each consortium and are designed to be sustainable and work at scale.

The third speaker was Harold Varmus, MD (Lewis Thomas University Professor, Weill Cornell Medicine, Senior Associate Member, New York Genome Center), who, in previous roles at the NIH and PLOS, has worked to promote OA through initiatives such as PubMed Central, the PLOS journals, and BioMed Central. He championed the fact that 25-30% of new research is being published OA. He was critical of publishers who do what he referred to as “double-dip,” i.e. charge both APCs and subscription fees on the same journal, and also of scientific societies for failing to sufficiently plan their finances to adapt to OA-focused models….”

Making full and immediate open access a reality: the role of the institutional OA policy | UKSCL

“Policy should incentivise. In the case of the UKSCL model institutional open access policy there are:

Incentives for the academic: the retention of academic freedom to publish in the venue of choice knowing that rights have legally been retained in order to meet funder open access aims
Incentives for the library and finance directors: reassurance that funder mandates are not accompanied by significant new financial burdens for the institution
And finally, incentives for publishers: to work with us so that an affordable transition can be achieved, and so that it is the Version of Record which is freely and publicly available on publication.

Finally, If I were to have one wish, it would be this: that, having done all this work to establish this legal approach to solving first, the OA policy stack, and now, the challenges for implementing cOAlition S aims, that the policy was not, in the end, needed, and that we were instead able to find an affordable and workable route to full and immediate open access….”

Daring to dream of Universal Open Access

Abstract:  This talk will discuss recent developments with an amalgamated model for open access based on library and funder support that holds out some promise for addressing the current need for universal open access. The talk will consider the calculus underlying the model; in relation to precursors (e.g., SCOAP3, OLH, Knowledge Unlatched, Gates’ Chronos) and its advantages of the model for researchers, libraries, funders, societies, and publishers. The talk will also take into account the global dimensions of such a model; it will report on current initiatives in implementing it in the social sciences while considering its implications for the sciences.


Driving Institutional Change for Research Assessment Reform

“Academic institutions and funders assess their scientists’ research outputs to help allocate their limited resources. Research assessments are codified in policies and enacted through practices. Both can be problematic: policies if they do not accurately reflect institutional mission and values; and practices if they do not reflect institutional policies.

Even if new policies and practices are developed and introduced, their adoption often requires significant cultural change and buy-in from all relevant parties – applicants, reviewers and decision makers.

We will discuss how to develop and adopt new research assessment policies and practices through panel discussions, short plenary talks and breakout sessions. We will use the levels of intervention described in the “Changing a Research Culture” pyramid (Nosek, 2019), to organize the breakout sessions….”

The International Research Data Community contributing to EOSC-Live | EOSCSecretariat

“An EOSC Event at RDA Helsinki Plenary: an integral part of the EOSC Stakeholder Forum

22 October 2019, 09:00 – 17:00 local time, Helsinki, Finland

Aalto University, DIPOLI, Otakaari 24, Otaniemi, Espoo

Organised by EOSCSecretariat.eu in collaboration with the Research Data Alliance (RDA)….”