de Gruyter has become the most recent sponsor of the Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB), and with this sponsorship, celebrates the launch of the De Gruyter Open Access Book Library. The Open Access Book Library is intended to draw attention to the growing number – and growing importance – of open access books.
Earlier this month, DOAB passed the milestone of 6000 listed OA books. In 2016, the list of OA books grew by over fifty percent for the third consecutive year, and DOAB continues to top the list of referral sites. Starting this year, DOAB is taking part in a European Horizon 2020 project (HIRMEOS), to develop a certification service for OA book publishers. The project will also add new features to DOAB: listing OA chapters of books and automated uploading of OA titles by publishers.
This year’s theme of “Open in Action” is all about taking concrete steps to open up research and scholarship and encouraging others to do the same.
Open Access Week, a global event now in its eighth year, is an opportunity for the academic and research community to continue to learn about the potential benefits of Open Access, to share what they’ve learned with colleagues, and to help inspire wider participation in helping to make Open Access a new norm in scholarship and research.
In France, the law entitled LA CIRCULATION DES DONNÉES ET DU SAVOIR for a digital Republic was adopted after approval by the Senate.
This law is particularly important for researchers and scientific article author on two aspects:
- Article 17, which legalizes open access to scientific publications and data, regardless of contracts signed with publishers
- Article 18bis which allows Text and Data Mining
In particular, Article 17 which focuses on open access, gives a central role to the researcher as author of scientific articles, allowing them to give access to their work in the context defined by the law.
Along with this, the exploitation of the data released in open access by the author is also authorized and regulated.
To consult the law: CIRCULATION DES DONNÉES ET DU SAVOIR
More information available on the COUPERIN site for open access in France
OpenAIRE has scheduled a full week of webinars on various exciting Open Science topics.
During the week of October 24-30, join us at lunchtime (12.00 CEST) each day for key insights into the ethics and implementation of Open Science, especially as they relate to the EC’s Horizon2020 programme and OpenAIRE’s mission to foster the social and technical links that enable Open Science in Europe and beyond.
OpenAIRE invites you to participate in a brief survey on attitudes to Open Peer Review.
Your anonymous answers will be made available to the research and publishing communities to inform future innovations in peer review.
The survey takes around 15-20 minutes to complete and will remain open until Friday 7th October.
Take the survey now: https://www.soscisurvey.de/OPR/
The European Commission has released new Guidelines on FAIR Data Management in Horizon 2020. There are a few key changes and a new template for DMPs which has been added to DMPonline.
The scope of the Open Research Data pilot has been growing. In the initial 2014-15 work programme, 7 areas were selected to take part. This grew in the 2015-16 work programe, and from 2017 the pilot will be extended to cover all the thematic areas of Horizon 2020, making Open Access to Research Data the default.
Europe’s governments have agreed to common ambitious political Open Science goals for the first time at a gathering of ministers of science, innovation, trade and industry on 26-27 May 2016.
What consequences will taking action on these goals mean?
Who will be the influencers to make it happen?
See the highlights of the agreed goals here.
Thursday 26 May 2016 at 14:00-15:00 CEST
Whether measurements from sensors, results from simulations or interview recordings, modern scholarship generates incredible amounts of digital information which, properly kept and shared, holds the potential to drive new research and innovation. Recognising this, funders are implementing policies for RDM and data sharing, such as the Horizon 2020 Open Research Data Pilot, which aims to improve and maximise access to the research data generated by EU-funded projects. But good data management skills are useful far beyond complying with funder commitments: well-managed data foster good scientific practice and sharing well-formed, well-described data increases research impact.
At the end of the session participants will be able to:
Are you publishing an APC-free OA journal on a shoestring?
OpenAIRE is hosting a webinar on Thursday, 12 May 2016 at 10:00 CEST where you can learn more about the new OpenAIRE call for proposals to fund APC-free Open Access journals and platforms under the alternative funding mechanism of the FP7 Post-Grant Open Access Pilot.
Besides funding APCs, OpenAIRE would also like to offer a funding opportunity for APC-free OA journals under the EC Gold Open Access Pilot: after all, two thirds of the journals listed in the DOAJ charge no APCs to their authors. Therefore, a call for proposals has been put together that will allow these journals and/or platforms and publishers to apply for funding for improving their publishing workflows along a number of suggested lines.
A maximum of €200,000 will be awarded to up to 12 bids to perform technical improvements on APC-free OA journals such as becoming OpenAIRE compatible, systematically collecting funding information in the article metadata or implementing ORCID. In order to be eligible for funding, such journals must have published (or accepted for publication) eligible articles arising from finished FP7 projects during the last year.
The call for proposals will remain open until the 30th of June, and bid assessment will be done during the month of July. The selected proposals will be announced in early August and will have until the 30th of April 2017 to carry out the proposed improvements.
We invite you to join this webinar and learn more about the requirements for applying for funding under this call. The webinar will be led by Pablo de Castro, from LIBER, the coordinating institution for the FP7 Post-Grant OA Pilot, and will address the following topics:
The second part of the webinar will be a Q&A session where questions about this funding initiative will be answered.
Click here to register.