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What are the barriers to post-publication peer review?

What are the barriers to post-publication peer review?

Guest post by Jon Tennant, Communications Director of ScienceOpen, email: Jon.Tennant@scienceopen.com At ScienceOpen, we have over 28 million article records all available for public, post-publication peer review (PPPR), 3 million of which are full-text Open Access. This functionality is a response to increasing calls for continuous moderation of the published research literature, a consistent questioning of the […]

Scholastica White Paper Calls for Democratized Journal Publishing

Scholastica White Paper Calls for Democratized Journal Publishing

Guest Post by Danielle Padula, Community Development officer for Scholastica, email: dpadula@scholasticahq.com It’s no secret that the cost of corporate-run academic journals is skyrocketing. A 2007 study found the average list price of for-profit journals to be four times higher than that of not-for-profit publications. Rising journal subscription prices have increased support among the academic community for publishing […]

New French Digital Republic Law boosts support for OA and TDM

New French Digital Republic Law boosts support for OA and TDM

On October 7th 2016, the French Law for a Digital Republic Act (LOI n° 2016-1321 du 7 octobre 2016 pour une République numérique) came into force, following a one year open review process during which the draft law could be improved by citizens. This law introduces new provisions to regulate the digital economy, online cooperative economy, […]

Best practices in the institutional implementation of the FP7 Post-Grant OA Pilot (III)

Best practices in the institutional implementation of the FP7 Post-Grant OA Pilot (III)

Implementing the FP7 Post-Grant Open Access Pilot at Universidad Politécnica de Madrid Guest post by Estefanía Muñoz, European R&D Programmes Coordinator. European Projects Office. Universidad Politécnica de Madrid. The Polytechnic University in Madrid/Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM) is the largest Spanish technological university. More than 2,400 researchers carry out their activity at the UPM, grouped […]

Best practices in the institutional implementation of the FP7 Post-Grant OA Pilot (II)

Implementing the FP7 Post-Grant Open Access Pilot at Radboud University/Radboud University Medical Centre Guest post by Dirk van Gorp, Open Access Officer and Research Information Specialist at Radboud University Library Radboud University/Radboud University Medical Center (Radboudumc) is one of the leading universities in the Netherlands. Our more than 5000 researchers produce a combined scientific output […]

Gathering the German-speaking Open Access community together – 10th Open Access Days held in Munich

Gathering the German-speaking Open Access community together – 10th Open Access Days held in Munich

The Open Access Days (Open-Access-Tage) is the foremost annual Open Access and Open Science conference in the German-speaking area. Its target audience includes OA-experts and advocates, researchers of all disciplines, librarians and representatives from publishing as well as research funders and supporters. This year they were held on October 10th-11th and were hosted by the […]

COAR counters reports of repositories’ demise

COAR counters reports of repositories’ demise

Guest post by Kathleen Shearer, Executive Director, COAR “The reports of our death have been greatly exaggerated” (to paraphrase Mark Twain) Last week COAR published a response to an article written by Richard Poynder on September 22, 2016. Although some of Richard Poynder’s comments definitely reflect the current reality, he made a number of other somewhat […]

The Finnish National OpenAIRE workshop focused on infrastructures and networking for Open Science

The Finnish National OpenAIRE workshop focused on infrastructures and networking for Open Science

The workshop was held at the University of Helsinki at the end of August. The event was designed to paint a broad picture of the current scene of Open Science starting from the European level down to local university level developments. The focus was clearly on infrastructures supporting the goals of Open Science but there […]

Best practices in the institutional implementation of the FP7 Post-Grant OA Pilot (I)

Best practices in the institutional implementation of the FP7 Post-Grant OA Pilot (I)

Implementing the FP7 Post-Grant Open Access Pilot at the University of Milan Guest post by Paola Galimberti, Responsible for Open Access & Scholarly Communication at Università degli Studi di Milano The University of Milan is a research-intensive multidisciplinary university. It’s currently the only member of LERU in Italy. The staff includes over 2000 researchers and […]

How RIO Collections help showcase research project outputs

How RIO Collections help showcase research project outputs

A recent SPARC Innovator award winner, Research Ideas and Outcomes (RIO) was built around the principles of open research in scholarly communications. Traditionally, a research project ends up with just a few articles published in scholarly journals after many years of work. But why communicate just research articles at the end of a cycle? Research […]

Embargo periods: A personal view

Embargo periods: A personal view

A guest post by Dawn Hibbert Open Access Advocacy Librarian, University of Strathclyde Embargo periods set by publishers continue to undermine, or at best, delay open access (access to scholarly research without having paid a subscription or cost to access).  Whist publishers have been quick to argue that without embargo periods libraries would no longer purchase subscriptions […]

LA Referencia: Implementing the OpenAIRE guidelines in Latin America

LA Referencia: Implementing the OpenAIRE guidelines in Latin America

Alberto Cabezas Bullemore, Executive Secretary, LA Referencia & RedCLARA. Email: alberto.cabezas@redclara.net OpenAIRE’s mission is to foster the social and technological links that enable Open Science in Europe and beyond. Recognizing that research is increasingly global and that OpenAIRE’s solutions must work within the wider world ecosystem, one of the main goals in this phase of OpenAIRE is […]

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