Weekly digest: celebrating OA and open science developments in Europe and the UAE

Mark Elms

This week, we read about US NLM resources that enable, support and enhance open access. We also read about a webinar on open science monitoring in Europe and about a new open science initiative in the UAE. We read an opinion piece from cOAlition S on a new zero-embargo publishing policy by ACS, learn about a new open science contract between F1000 and the European Commission, and read a perspective on whether journal authorship policies are still fit for purpose. Finally, we read about a decade of achievements by the ODI, and we highlight an upcoming International Open Access Week webinar by Open Access Australasia.

To read:

The US NLM celebrates open access via US National Library of Medicine | 4-minute read

To celebrate next week’s International Open Access Week, the US National Library of Medicine (NLM) shares some of the ways the organization supports open access all year round! This blog post by Lisa Federer (Acting Director of the Office of Strategic Initiatives at the US NLM) highlights some of the resources provided by the US NLM that enable, support and enhance open access; these include PubMed Central and the NLM Digital Collections.

Open science monitoring in Europe ‒ a webinar report via LIBER | 3-minute read

In early October, the Association of European Research Libraries (LIBER), the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and LA Referencia hosted a joint webinar outlining the available methods and tools to monitor open science in Europe. Aimed at promoting the uptake of open science monitoring frameworks, in line with the 2021 UNESCO Recommendations on Open Science, this webinar heard from a wide variety of field experts from several levels of the open science ecosystem. Speakers included Ana Persic (Programme Specialist for Science Technology and Innovation Policies and Open Science at UNESCO), Eloy Rodrigues (Director of the University of Minho Libraries), Laëtitia Bracco (Project Manager of the French Open Science Monitor), Sami Niinimäki (Education Counsellor at the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture) and Julien Roche (President of LIBER). You can watch the full recording of the webinar here, and access the speakers’ presentation slides here.

New UAE-based open science initiative via STM Publishing News | 3-minute read

To strengthen open science practices in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and beyond, the Knowledge E Foundation and UNESCO are partnering with several organizations in the country, such as Khalifa University, the UAE Ministry of Education and the UAE Ministry of Youth and Culture. This partnership is aiming to promote the adoption and advancement of open science policies at research institutions and communities across the Middle East and North Africa. The partnership will be further discussed at the annual Forum for Open Research in the Middle East and North Africa, which is taking place in Abu Dhabi, UAE, from 22 to 25 October 2023.

Opinions on a new zero-embargo publishing policy by ACS via cOAlition S | 10-minute read

In September, the American Chemical Society (ACS) launched a new zero-embargo green open access publication model. In this cOAlition S blog post, Sally Rumsey (Former Open Access Expert at Jisc and Member of UK Scholarly Communications Licence and Model Policy) shares her opinions on ACS’s new model. She argues that the model “perpetuates an increasingly out-of-touch and outdated position taken by some publishers” and that it is “the latest iteration of a publisher erecting a barrier to authors retaining their rights, this time at a price”. Read the full post to see whether you agree!

F1000 and the European Commission agree new ORE contract via STM Publishing News | 4-minute read

In 2020, the European Commission (EC) awarded F1000 a 4-year contract to establish and manage an open access publishing platform for EC-funded research. This became the Open Research Europe (ORE) platform. Now, F1000 has announced the agreement of a new contract to continue its mediation of the ORE platform and to enhance the interoperability of the platform with OpenAIRE. This article highlights what the ORE has already achieved and discusses the future aims of the next 4 years.

Journal authorship policies must change to support open science via PLOS Biology | 10-minute listen

Published in PLOS Biology by Veronique Kiermer (Chief Scientific Officer at PLOS), this article argues that journal authorship practices are no longer fit for purpose and do not reflect the way contemporary research is done. Veronique describes three main problems with current authorship practices: (1) the guidelines are rigid and not aligned with evolving best practice; (2) contributions are unclear and not easily discoverable; and (3) article publications are perceived to be the only valued research output. Veronique provides potential solutions that could help to address these problems and improve overall authorship practices.

10 years of the Open Discovery Initiative via The Scholarly Kitchen | 15-minute read

Launched in 2011, the Open Discovery Initiative (ODI) has been championing transparency and collaboration in academic and research libraries for over a decade. This article by Julie Zhu (Senior Manager of Discovery Partners for the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers [IEEE]) provides an overview of the past decade of ODI achievements, from the release of the ODI recommended practice guidelines from NISO in 2014 through to 2020, when the IEEE issued its ODI conformance statement.

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International OA Week 2023 webinar: all about community control via The University of New South Wales

Prepare for next week’s International Open Access Week by signing up to this webinar by Open Access Australasia all about community control of open science! Taking place on 24 October 2023, this webinar will explore how research communities can openly share their knowledge with the rest of the world without losing commercial control.

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