2016

Free Webinar : Funding for APC-Free Open Access Journals and Platforms
03/05/2016

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:

  • Timeschedule for this alt-funding initiative
  • Requirements for eligibility
  • How to submit a funding application

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.

 

EU FP7 Post-Grant Open Access Publishing Funds Pilot Webinar
15/03/2016

As of Mar 10th, 275 funding requests have already been granted by this pilot to researchers and projects across Europe and beyond, with only 1 having been granted in Luxembourg.

Join the OpenAIRE webinar to be held on Friday 18 March at 11am to learn more about the progress of the FP7 Post-Grant Open Access Pilot.

The webinar will address the following topics and will be followed by a Q&A session:

  • How the FP7 Post-Grant Open Access Pilot works;
  • How organizations are working with LIBER and OpenAIRE in order to support the Pilot implementation;
  • How to use the central service at https://postgrantoapilot.openaire.eu/ for collecting and processing funding requests for Open Access publishing fees;
  • What dissemination actions will be carried out next.


Full details and registration link can be found on the OpenAIRE website.

 

Focus Areas now available
03/03/2016

The ORBilu team is pleased to announce that a new field has been added which will permit you to group publications by focus area.  This optional field permits you to tag your publication with one or more of the current focus areas of the University.  Once tagged, you can also produce reports based upon this information.  The field is available for all types of documents and is displayed immediately after the "Discipline" field:

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If you have any questions, contact us on orbilu@uni.lu.

 

Une introduction à l'Open Access
22/02/2016

Toujours un peu perdu avec le concept d'Open Access ?  Cette petite vidéo du Lab'UA (Université d'Angers) de 3,30 minutes pourrait répondre à vos questions.

Une introduction à l'Open Access

 

2015

The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research Tightens its Granting Conditions
27/11/2015

Congratulations to The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) for further strengthening their support of Open Access.  As of the 1st December, all publications emerging from a 'call for proposals’ published by NWO after this date must be immediately accessible to everybody from the moment of publication.

Read the full press release.

 

Quality Open Access Market
17/11/2015

Interested in publishing an article in an Open Access journal? QOAM allows you to assess the quality of a journal and the cost of publication. QOAM is an initiative of the Dutch Radboud University in Nijmegen. Information about a journal is compiled through a Journal Score Card, consisting of 2 parts:

  • Base Score: a questionnaire on four aspects: editorial information, peer evaluation, governance and the publishing process, and
  • Valuation Score: assessment by users of the journal, either authors, editors or reviewers peers.

With QOAM you can not only express your experience with a journal as a researcher but also find out more about an OA journal, its quality and cost.

 

Sharing research data and open access to publications in H2020
09/11/2015

Full-Day Workshop - Wednesday 18 Nov 2015 - Ghent

Horizon 2020 has been at the forefront as a major funder implementing Open Access policies. Following the Open Access pilot in FP7, Horizon 2020 brings a strong mandate for Open Access to publications as well as an Open Data Pilot in certain areas.

Many questions arise from this policy: how to practically follow the requirements, which media to use, and what about confidentiality issues? Which issues should be taken care of at the proposal stage, during the project and after the project finishes?

The aim of this workshop is to provide answers, to exchange experiences, and to define problems and barriers. The target audience is NCP's, research administrators and project coordinators.

The morning will be devoted to Open Science in Horizon2020. After an introduction by the EC, the benefits of Open Science will be presented by Lennart Martens. The Open Access mandate and the Open Data Pilot will be clarified with examples of how OpenAIRE services can be of help.

The afternoon will propose interactive workshops, taking a closer look at the practical implications of the Open Access mandate and the Open Data Pilot. One track will discuss the mandate, how it affects projects and researchers and how OpenAIRE can help you to comply. In a parallel group, the Open Data Pilot will be discussed, with a presentation of research data management tools. There will be time for discussion and questions as your input is important for the success of the project.

Expected outcomes of the workshop:

  • Checklist of Actions for NCPs and research administrators on how to support H2020 projects
  • Information for project coordinators at the proposal writing stage
  • How to meet obligations during the project for OA publication mandate and the Open Research Data Pilot
  • Ideas for future support materials


You can register for the workshop here: registration OpenAIRE workshop.  There is no registration fee.

The venue, het Pand, is situated in the center of Ghent: https://goo.gl/maps/9cWcz

 

Publishing your book in Open Access
03/11/2015

Interested in publishing your book in Open Access?  The Open Access Directory, a wiki-based website managed by the Open Access community, provides a list of Open Access Book Publishers.

 

For example, some general publishers in the Humanities:

  • Open Book Publishers: Founded in 2008 at the University of Cambridge, Open Book is a nonprofit publisher of peer-reviewed, academic books. The books can be viewed online for free (via Google Books), while digital PDF editions and POD paperback and hardback editions are available for purchase. They are licensed under the CC-by-NC-ND license for England and Wales.
  • Open Humanities Press: Open Humanities Press was established in 2009 in partnership with University of Michigan's Scholarly Publishing Office to publish open access monographs and make them available online. The site currently hosts a small number of journals as well as books.

This is just a small sample of the over 100 publishers listed (last updated on 3 Sep 2015).

 

Open Science e-learning courses now available
27/10/2015

Interested in learning about different aspects of Open Science but don't have the time to attend a course or information session?  The Foster project has just released their first set of e-learning courses as part of Open Access Week 2015.

The self-learning courses focus on the topics “Open Access in Horizon2020”, “Open Science to Research”, and “Repository compatibility with Horizon2020”. The courses have been created by FOSTER partners and offer a variety of options to get to grips with each topic: short video presentations, background reading and self-assessment tests.

For further developments, stay tuned to the Foster project via their twitter channel @fosterscience or their website.

 

OA Spectrum Evaluation Tool
23/10/2015

 

A new website has been launched by SPARC, The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition, that quantitatively documents a journal's degree of openness.

The Open Access Spectrum (OAS) Evaluation Tool generates an “Openness” score that is straightforward, easy to understand, and free. You can use it to help you determine if a particular journal responds to your needs in terms of openness.

The OAS Evaluation Tool uses the HowOpenIsIt? Guide as the basis for a 100-point scale. In addition to providing independent, expert evaluation of journal OA policies, it:

  • includes distinct evaluations for a journal’s policies regarding reader rights, reuse rights, copyrights, author posting rights, automatic posting, and machine readability.
  • pulls together— in one single, accurate web resource— information that is otherwise buried across scores of publisher websites.

An initial batch of 500 journals has been included at launch, with another 500 to follow by the end of the year. These journals encompass a range of disciplines, countries of origin, and business models. The set of 1,000 journals was created from the freely available Scimago dataset, which was divided into open access and non-open access journals on the basis of a lookup of their ISSN in the DOAJ. The top 600 journals from the non-OA set and the top 200 from the OA set, based on ranking by Scimago Journal Rank, were selected. Additionally, 200 journals were selected from across the Scielo, Redalyc, Bioline, AJOL, and DOAJ databases to ensure geographic and subject diversity.