Weekly digest: 10 years of ORCID, SPARC Europe survey and RSC open access

Mark Elms

This week, we read about ORCID’s 10-year anniversary and the results of the SPARC Europe 2022 survey on open education in European higher education libraries. We hear about the Royal Society of Chemistry’s commitment to full open access to all its journals within 5 years, the upcoming deadlines for proposals for the Society for Scholarly Publishing 2023 Annual Meeting, and the landscape of open access at Imperial College London. We also hear about the UK ORCID consortium reaching 100 members, with Bangor University being the 100th. Finally, we highlight two upcoming conferences – the Pharma & Patient USA conference in Philadelphia and the American Public Health Association annual conference in Boston.

To read:

ORCID at 10: from bloom to an evergreen presence in open science via ORCID | 1-hour read

The ORCID persistent identifier platform contains a rapidly expanding registry of researchers, with over 15 million ORCID identifiers issued worldwide to date. This year, ORCID celebrates its 10th anniversary and has published this white paper to commemorate its first decade. The paper outlines the birth of ORCID, discussing why persistent identifiers were needed in scientific research, and describes some of the initial hurdles that ORCID had to overcome. The paper also talks about how ORCID grew to become a widely used open science tool, especially within the UK, and what the future holds for ORCID.

The SPARC Europe Open Education Survey 2022 via Zenodo | 1.5-hour read

SPARC Europe – a foundation committed to promoting open science across Europe – has released the results of their 2022 survey on Open education in European libraries of higher education. This annual survey, now in its 3rd year, looks at what libraries are doing in response to the 2019 UNESCO open educational resources recommendations. The survey results provide an overview of the work being done by libraries and highlights various obstacles librarians have encountered, such as the COVID-19 pandemic. The survey also evaluated the progress that has been made since last year and calls to attention issues that must be addressed in the coming years.

Open access? Completed it mate via Royal Society of Chemistry | 3-minute read

The Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) publishes 52 peer-reviewed journals about the chemical sciences and related fields such as biology, physics and medicine. This week, the RSC has announced that it aims to make all fully RSC-owned journals open access within the next 5 years. This announcement makes the RSC the first chemistry publisher and one of the first society publishers to make such a commitment to open access publishing. You can read more about the RSC’s position on open access publishing here.

Deadlines are approaching for SSP 2023 proposals via The Scholarly Kitchen | 3-minute read

The deadline for submitting proposals to the Society for Scholarly Publishing’s (SSP) Annual Meeting is fast approaching! Now in its 45th year, the meeting will take place in Portland (Oregon, USA) between 31 May and 2 June 2023, and will focus on transformation, trust, and transparency in scholarly publishing. The deadline for educational session proposals is on Friday 11 November 2022, but posters and preview sessions can be submitted until 27 January and 3 February 2023, respectively.

The state of open access at Imperial College London via Imperial College London | 3-minute read

Imperial College London currently has 33 open access agreements in place that cover open access fees for Imperial-affiliated corresponding authors. This has led to a substantial upsurge in open access papers being published by Imperial authors in recent years. It has also resulted in a shift away from individual payments of article processing charges (APCs), with the number of open access Imperial papers published via open access agreements now overtaking those published via APCs. You can find out more about Imperial’s current publisher agreements here.

The UK ORCID consortium reaches 100 institutions via STM Publishing News | 2-minute read

The UK ORCID consortium was founded in 2015 by Jisc – a non-profit provider of digital resources to higher education institutions – with the overall aim of increasing ORCID adoption and use throughout UK research institutions. Since 2015, membership has rapidly increased, and Jisc has now announced that Bangor University in Wales will become the 100th institute to join the consortium.

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Pharma & Patient USA conference heads to Philly via Reuters Events

The Pharma & Patient USA conference returns for its 2022 instalment in Philadelphia (Pennsylvania, USA) on 8–9 November! Featuring over 300 pharma and patient leaders, more than 25 sessions and more than 20 hours of networking, the conference aims to create new partnerships, address health inequalities in underserved communities, and bolster trust between patients and pharma. You can register for the conference here and find the full list of speakers here.

The sesquicentenary of APHA: celebrating 150 years in style via APHA

The American Public Health Association (APHA) will host their annual conference on 6–9 November in Boston (Massachusetts, USA). This year’s theme is centred on their 150-year anniversary celebrations, titled 150 years of creating the healthiest nation: leading the path towards equity, and will feature sessions from public health experts, special events and symposia, and numerous collaboration and professional growth opportunities. You can register for the conference here!

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