AOASG October Newsletter

21 October 2016: what’s in this month’s newsletter

Open Access Week

What’s new in OA & scholarly publishing in AU & NZ
What’s new in OA & scholarly publishing globally
Innovation in publishing models
Upcoming events in OA & scholarly publishing
OA week update
Recent writing & resources on OA

Comments on this month’s news and suggestions for inclusion in the next newsletter, planned for November, are always welcome.

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Open Access Week 2016

Open Access week is October 24-28. There are many events globally including many in Australia and New Zealand – these are listed on our site and will be updated if we hear of more. The theme of the week is “Open in Action” and it is intended to be as inclusive as possible. See the SPARC portal for ideas.

AOASG will be tweeting throughout the week. Please let us know if you want us to highlight anything and please join us for a round up of the week at a tweetchat on Friday, 28 Oct 2016 2pm NZ; Noon AEDT; 11am AEST; 9 am AWST. All welcome. Tag tweetw with #openaccessanz

We also now have an Instagram account for any OA images to highlight. Please tag with  #openaccessanz

What’s new in OA & scholarly publishing in AU & NZ

AUT lauches Tuwhera: a new OA publishing platform
Tuwhera – meaning open in Te Reo Māori has two journals in its titles:  Pacific Journalism Review & Applied Finance Letters

ASIC company data should be open and free
The Australian government is planning to privatise the management of the Australian Securities and investments Commission database of companies.  In this artilcle  argues that this could be a potential damaging move against the government’s own open data policy.

New OA repository for ANU
Link Digital will work with the Australian National University on an innovative project called MDbox: The open access repository for molecular dynamics (MD) simulation data.

Open Library Foundation launched
A number of Australian libraries are taking part in projects being run out of the newly launched Open Library Foundation which has been established to promote open source projects for libraries and to foster and support contribution, distribution, and sustainability of the benefits of these projects.

Open access to weather data report
The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) released Terms of Reference and a Request for Proposal (RfP)  for a report on open access to weather data.

How do researchers experience Open Access?
A research team at QUT is looking for Australian academic researchers who have used open access sources and content to develop an understanding of their information literacy experience.  If you would like to participate click on the above link.

What’s new in OA & scholarly publishing globally

Europe

Investigating OA monograph services: Final report 
A project to explore potential future services to support open access monograph publishing,
funded by Jisc Collections and conducted by Jisc Collections and OAPEN Foundation.

OA Publishing Policies in Science Europe Member Organisations
Key Results from Science Europe and Global Research Council Surveys

10,000 OA submissions
Ten thousand reasons to celebrate Open Access at Cambridge

OA journal eLife introduces $2,500 author fee
Bioscience journal eLife will charge a  publication fee from January 2017 to help cover the cost of its business.

Report:  OpenAIRE’s Experiments in Open Peer Review
Public report of the Open Peer Review Experiments hosted by OpenAIRE2020 and conducted by OpenScholar CIC, The Winnower, and OpenEdition.

What it means to be Green: exploring publishers’ changing approaches to Green open access
The number of publishers allowing some form of self-archiving has increased noticeably over the last decade or so.

Concordat on Open Research Data launched
Four of the UK’s leading research organisations have launched a concordat that proposes a series of clear and practical principles for working with research data.

Gold for Gold scheme to end 2017
Royal Society of Chemistry is adapting its approach to be in the best position to shape the future of open access publishing for the benefit of our community. With this in mind, it will bring its Gold for Gold pilot to an end.in 2017.

Austrian Courts Uphold Creative Commons License Terms — For Now
15 years after the CC movement started the courts are still trying to bring legal clarity to the use of CC licenses.

Towards 100% OA
This is a spearhead project that the Netherlands, as President of the Council of Europe from January to July 2016, put on the agenda.

Milestone for OASPA
The Open Access Scholarly Publishing Association has announced that  the number of their members has now reached the 100 mark.
Clapping Hands Sign on Google Android 7.0

Open Library of Humanities and University of Wales Press partner to convert journal to full open access 
The Open Library of Humanities (OLH) has entered into a partnership with the University of Wales Press (UWP) to convert the International Journal of Welsh Writing in English into a full, gold open-access journal.

Why Wellcome has set publisher requirements for OA

Robert Kiley, Head of Digital Services at the Wellcome explains why they have taken this step.  Jisc supports Wellcome’s OA requirements for publishers noting that
“It is incredibly helpful to have a funder of Wellcome’s standing be so clear about its expectations in this area.  APCs already constitute a multi-million pound market, which makes it important that everyone is clear about what is being paid for.”

Cogent OA: Creative Commons, Copyright, Open Access Knowledge Base
What might copyright look like in the twenty-first century?

German research ministry demands OA
In a new policy announcement, all research funded by the German Ministry of Education and Research will have to be open access.

GeRDI to be model of a linked research data infrastructure
Nationwide project GeRDI is to set up a linked research data infrastructure as a German contribution to the European Open Science Cloud.

The European Commission Mandates Open Data from 2017
Horizon 2020 is an €80 billion fund for research from the European Commission. Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation said in a statement that “as of the Work Programme 2017, the current Open Research Data Pilot will be extended to cover all thematic areas of Horizon 2020, making open research data the default setting.

Ireland explores Open Data benefits for Health
With the implementation of the Revised Public Sector Information Directive and the National Open Data Strategy in Ireland, more and more Irish government agencies are publishing Open Data. This has resulted in publishing over four thousand datasets on the Irish Open Data Portal.

USA

Open Library Foundation Established
The Open Library Foundation has been established to promote open source projects for libraries and to foster and support contribution, distribution, and sustainability of the benefits of these projects.

CRL’s “Pivot” to Open Access
As of 2017, all digital materials hosted on the web by Centre for Research Libraries which derive from source materials in the public domain or for which CRL has secured the requisite rights and permissions, will be available without restriction.

Monthly MIT OA stats in an infographic

Rewarding open access scholarship in promotion and tenure Driving institutional change
Here the efforts of one institution, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), to reward OA scholarship in the P&T process are described.

Case law access project: Harvard Law today
Harvard is digitising nearly 40 million pages of case law so it  can be accessed online and for free.

Mastering OA metrics
Like their subscription-based counterparts, Open Access articles’ metadata is essential to measuring its impact in the academic world. This article is one of a series on new publishing issues.

OA boosts citation rates at UM
Open access papers attract up to a fifth more citations than those locked away in closed journals, a new study has found. Jim Ottaviani, librarian at the University of Michigan, looked at what happened when his institution made papers available through its repository and found that “an open access citation advantage as high as 19 per cent exists”.

65/100 most cited works paywalled
This article looked systematically look at the top one hundred cited papers of all time and found that 65% of these papers are not open. as they note “Stated another way, the world’s most important research is inaccessible from the majority of the world.”

Publishers Appeal GSU Copyright Case
Following their second district court loss in eight years of litigation, the publisher plaintiffs in Cambridge University Press vs. Patton (known commonly as the GSU e-reserves case) have again appealed the case.

Why academics are losing relevance?
A January 2015 Pew Research Center study found an alarming chasm between the views of scientists and the views of the public. This article in The Conversation discusses the issue and suggests some approaches.

And in other international news…

Open Access Journals Strategy in Algeria
The importance of Open Access (OA) was recently recognised by Algerian scientists, libraries and publishers.

Discriminating between Legitimate and Predatory Open Access Journals:
Report from the International Federation for Emergency Medicine Research Committee

Springer Nature seals strategic cooperation agreement with the NSFC
Springer Nature and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) have entered into a strategic cooperation framework agreement.

Open Access World Bank Publications on Entrepreneurship, Jobs, and Skills
These publications were compiled as a resource for participants at the 2016 Rotary Presidential Conference on Economic Development in Cape Town, South Africa.

OA in China: ScienceOpen.com
China has committed to rapid growth in scientific research and development recently, and this is reflected in the solid evidence for a strongly developing open access research base. This Science Open blog discusses some of the issues.

Negotiating Openness:  Are participation and access enough?
Hugo Ferpozzi of the “Can OCS Meet Social Needs?” project  writes on how scientific knowledge is commonly expected to address social demands based on local problems, but the groups affected by these problems are not always capable of taking advantage of scientific knowledge outputs themselves.

Innovation in publishing models

New  Journals

Wellcome Open Research is  now open for submissions 
Wellcome Open Research, the Wellcome’s new publishing platform is now online. The platform, which was announced in July, aims to make research outputs available faster, and to support reproducibility and transparency.

Preprints

Mistaking the symptom for the disease: preprints in biomedical science 
In this essay for the Winnower Yarden Katz notes that “Back in February, much significance was attributed to the fact that some biologists, including Nobel laureate Carol Greider, were posting their research articles directly on the web. Amy Harmon wrote about it for the New York Times and others looked for reasons why a culture of preprints—research published online before being submitted for peer-review—developed in physics, but not biology.” He concludes ” The hard work ahead will be to create a movement of scientists who value open science culture at their earliest stages in research, and to restructure incentives so that these scientists have a path for survival.”

Repositories

Latin American Collections Now Available in Digital Repository
More than 500,000 books from the stacks of the Benson Latin American Collection, a trove of treasures related to Latin America, have been digitised and are now accessible online.

Ireland explores Open Data benefits for Health
With the implementation of the Revised Public Sector Information Directive and the National Open Data Strategy in Ireland, more and more Irish government agencies are publishing Open Data. This has resulted in publishing over four thousand datasets on the Irish Open Data Portal. 

COAR provided a brief report of the 2016 Chinese Institutional Repository Conference and  announced the launch of the new repository group in China, CHAIR

Time to re-think the institutional repository?
“Seventeen years ago 25 people gathered in Santa Fe, New Mexico, to discuss ways in which the growing number of e-print servers and digital repositories could be made interoperable.” Richard Poynder raises some questions here, which were well rebutted by  others, including Kathleen Shearer Executive Director of  COAR.

Upcoming events in OA & scholarly publishing

The DARIAH Winter School “Open Data Citation for Social Science and Humanities” is set to take place in Prague on 24th-28th of October, 2016. Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic

Open Con will be on 12-14 November in Washington, DC, with satellite events hosted around the world.
New Zealand’s National Digital Forum Conference at Te Papa in Wellington will run from 21 -23  November 2016.

Open Repositories 2017 Conference  26-30 June 2017  Brisbane, Australia
OR2017 theme is:   Innovation | Knowledge | Repositories

Recent writing & resources on OA

Articles of interest

Sweet, Sweet Irony: 7 Papers That Should be Open Access But Aren’t 

Does publishing a book as Open Access affect print sales?

The academic, economic and societal impacts of Open Access: an evidence-based review

The Post-Embargo Open Access Citation Advantage: It Exists (Probably), It’s Modest (Usually), and the Rich Get Richer (of Course)

Open access and the transformation of academic publishing: A view from Cultural Anthropology

Open access and open science – a debate 

Managing an Open Access Fund: Tips from the Trenches and Questions for the Future

Hybrid open access—A longitudinal study

A study of institutional spending on open access publication fees in Germany

Open access journals in educational technology: Results of a
survey of experienced user

OA publishing of research data in the Humanities

Books

Altmetrics for Librarians: 100+ tips, tricks, and examplesThis ebook provides the “nuts and bolts” needed to use altmetrics in a variety of library-land scenarios, including:

  • Making collection development decisions
  • Managing institutional repositories
  • Helping faculty assemble evidence for their tenure & promotion packets
  • Teaching workshops on altmetrics

Addition to Creating the 21st-Century Academic Library Series

Volume 9 of the series Creating the 21st-Century Academic Libraryis the first of two addressing the topic of open access in academic libraries and focuses on policy and infrastructure for libraries that wish to provide leadership on their campus in the transition to more open forms of scholarship.

New and Featured OA Journals

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