Open Science: Are we walking the talk? • Berlin University Alliance

From Google’s English:  “Lecture series: Open science and research quality in theory and practice

Jointly organized course of the science studies department of the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and Objective 3 in the summer semester 2021

Open Science: Are we walking the talk? (Lecture in English) Together with the Open Access Office Berlin, Robert-Jan Smits (Eindhoven University of Technology), discussant: Maxi Kindling (Open Access Office Berlin), students

Participation in the event is possible via the following zoom link: …”

Brill kauft Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht

From Google’s English:  “Brill is one of the leading international science publishers in the fields of humanities, social sciences and international law, headquartered in Leiden, the Netherlands. After reaching an agreement with the shareholders of the traditional publishing house Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, founded in 1735 , Brill announced the takeover of the group today.”

DFG – Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft – DFG setzt neue Akzente für Open Access

From Google’s English:  “The German Research Foundation (DFG) is stepping up its efforts to ensure free access to publications and other research results online. In order to support Open Access and adapt it to the changing requirements of science and research, the DFG has decided and implemented further measures. These are networked with one another and range from improved framework conditions to the financing of publication costs and the development of a science-appropriate publication infrastructure to participation in national and international working groups….

The DFG readjusted its open access policy in 2020. Scientists are now asked to publish results from DFG-funded research projects in open access. To achieve this goal, the DFG supports both the financing of publication fees and the development of suitable publication infrastructures with its funding programs.

With its “Open Access Publication Costs” program, which was introduced in autumn 2020, the DFG grants subsidies for publication fees. Both the fees for journal articles and for Open Access monographs can be funded. Many universities and non-university research institutions are faced with the financial challenge that publishers charge for the publication of research results in Open Access. The new program is intended to support the institutions and their scientists in the Open Access transformation.


In addition to funding publication fees, the various specialist communities in Germany are dependent on the further development of science-friendly standards and infrastructures. With the newly accentuated funding program “Infrastructures for Scientific Publishing” , the DFG supports the Open Access transformation by setting up and expanding suitable publication infrastructures and thus also promotes the (further) development of structural framework conditions for the publication system….”

Informationsplattform Open Access: DFG stärkt Engagement für Open Access

From Google’s English:  “The German Research Foundation (DFG) is taking promising measures to drive the Open Access transformation forward. In advance, she had revised her Open Access Policy: Researchers are now asked to publish DFG-funded results in Open Access.

In January 2021, the DFG will start its new Infrastructures for Scientific Publishing program , the main goals of which are to promote the Open Access transformation through the establishment and expansion of suitable publication infrastructures and the (further) development of structural framework conditions. As early as autumn 2020, the DFG introduced the Open Access Publication  Costs funding program, which subsidizes the publication fees for open access journal articles and monographs….”

OPERAS-GER: Vermittler zwischen europäischen und deutschen Forschungsinfrastrukturen (OPERAS-GER: Intermediary between European and German research infrastructures) |

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Initiative for Open Access and Open Scholarly Communication in the Social Sciences and Humanities begins work The National Contact Point OPERAS-GER – a cooperation between OPERAS and the Max Weber Foundation – has started its work. The new service is intended to anchor the services and resources for science communication in the social sciences and humanities provided by OPERAS at the European level in the German science landscape and to create intensive networking between the research infrastructures of the EU and Germany. Further goals are to strengthen Open Science and promote the FAIR principles. As part of the OPERAS-GER project, the Max Weber Foundation, which has already been committed to Open Access in the social sciences and humanities since 2017, is planning a series of online seminars and lectures as well as application-oriented workshops for the new services starting in June 2021. The project is based at the Max Weber Institute’s office and will be funded by the Federal Ministry of Research and Education (BMBF) from October 2020, initially for three years. OPERAS (Open Scholarly Communication In The European Research Area For Social Sciences And Humanities) provides infrastructural services for research institutions, libraries and publishers that serve to better organise research activities and make research results more visible in the sense of Open Science. The Max Weber Foundation – German Humanities Institutes Abroad promotes research with a focus on the fields of history, cultural studies, economics and social sciences in selected countries with the aim of improving mutual understanding. It maintains ten institutes, other research groups and offices worldwide and provides infrastructures for research in the humanities and social sciences. Source:

Landesgeschichtliche Monographien in Deutschland 2019/2020: so gut wie kein Open Access – Archivalia

From Google’s English:  “Open Access (OA) is no longer just a topic in the field of journal publication. In the field of historical studies, there are almost no open access publications in Germany for monographs. The publication activity in the field of national history represents an important sub-area. Here things look very bad in terms of OA.

Using the websites of the historical commissions, regional archives, traditional regional historical associations, regional historical institutes, etc., I compiled the monographs published in 2019 or 2020 and at the same time looked for open access offers (for monographs). Only in exceptional cases have I researched the KVK or library catalogs. Corrections and additions are always welcome. A number of gaps are to be expected, especially since in many cases it was tedious to research the publications….”

Auf einmal Laborratte – F.A.Z.

From Google’s English:  “What sounds like a success story has a dark backside, which was already visible last year when American librarians discovered that the leading scientific publishers, especially in the scientific, technical and medical fields, had equipped their online platforms with all the monitoring technologies for which are otherwise mainly the big Internet companies like Facebook and Google in the criticism. For example, if you take a closer look at the website of the renowned magazine “Nature”, you will come across dozens of corresponding tools: individual trackers that follow the page visitor, audience tools that combine data from many sources into profiles, finger printers that also identify users who want to prevent this through your browser settings….

The big science publishers have been turning away from the publishing industry for some time and towards the data analytics business. Similar to the Internet corporations, they use the big profits in their area to buy the market empty of alternatives and to incorporate more and more areas of the research cycle in the same way as they have already done with publications. A milestone in this was the contract that Elsevier-Verlag was able to secure in the Netherlands: all scientists should be able to publish Open Access without additional costs in the publication area if the universities in return license the publisher’s research information systems….

The embarrassment of the other publishers, the uncertainties in the libraries and the lack of foresight in the universities block solutions here. The thing is clear for a society that still wants to call itself an open society. The oligopoly of science publishers must be regulated just like that of other oligopolies. The upcoming Basic Platform Law offers a possibility for regulation at the European level. And at the national level, science organizations are called upon to stop the sell-off of science. Many good suggestions have long been on the table. It’s time to act.”

Informationsplattform Open Access: Jetzt mitfördern: Unterstützung von DOAB/OAPEN, PKP und OpenCitations über SCOSS

“The SCOSS network recognizes the importance of the three infrastructure services for the global open access transformation and contributes to sustainable financing

The global network Sustainability Coalition for Open Science Services (SCOSS) has been supporting the expansion of an open science infrastructure since 2017 by recommending important non-commercial services for funding every year. The call is aimed at the Open Access / Open Science community with the recommendation that these projects be financially supported for three years.

In the current second funding cycle – which is about to end – SCOSS calls for support for three projects that are of particular importance for the expansion of the OA / OS infrastructure: DOAB / OAPEN, PKP and OpenCitations. We, the project, support this call to promote the selected services. All three make an important contribution to the implementation of the global Open Access transformation and sustainably promote the opening of science.

Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB) and Open Access Publishing in European Networks (OAPEN)

DOAB and OAPEN are closely linked: The DOAB increases the visibility and findability of peer-reviewed open access books. It collects metadata and links that can be integrated into their systems by both libraries and commercial aggregators. The OAPEN library, on the other hand, is a repository for freely accessible scientific books. The project works with publishers and research sponsors to set up and offers various services for libraries, publishers and sponsors.

Public Knowledge Project (PKP) 

The PKP improves the quality and reach of scientific publishing by developing, among other things, open source software such as Open Journal System (OJS) for the management and publication of open access journals. The software is used by more than 9,000 magazines. For example, the Open Monograph Press (OMP) platform for books was developed in line with this tool .


The OpenCitations project is dedicated to the publication of open bibliographical data and citation data using technologies of the Semantic Web (Linked Data) and is a founding member of the Initiative for Open Citation (I4OC) ….”

Open Access – Missing Link to Become Exclusive Distribution Partner of Oable in the German-Speaking Countries – Knowledge Unlatched

“Missing Link will take over the exclusive distribution of Oable ( in the German-speaking region. The Oable solution, developed by Knowledge Unlatched (KU), enables libraries to keep track of all open access (OA) payments across multiple publishers and thus significantly simplify and accelerate their internal processes….”