Weekly digest: OASPA 2022, ALPSP awards and SPARC Europe

Mark Elms

This week, we hear about the opening of registrations for OASPA 2022, and the announcement of this year’s shortlist for the ALPSP Awards for Innovation in Publishing. We also read about the awarding of an open access project to SPARC Europe and about EIFL joining the OASPA community as a new member. Finally, we highlight a monthly round-up of open science news and a podcast discussing the current landscape of open access publishing and copyright.

To engage with:

OASPA 2022 opens for registration via OASPA

The Open Access Scholarly Publishing Association (OASPA) have announced that registration for their 2022 conference is now open. The conference will take place virtually on 20–22 September 2022 via Zoom. The theme this year is ‘Beyond open access’ and the focus will be on equitable open scholarship and scientific practices. You can register for the conference here.

To read:

ALPSP Awards for Innovation in Publishing 2022 shortlist via ALPSP | 3-minute read

ALPSP have announced this year’s shortlist for the ALPSP Awards for Innovation in Publishing. Those on the shortlist have demonstrated excellence in terms of originality, innovation, value to the community, utility and long-term viability within the publishing world. The 2022 finalists are Charlesworth Gateway, GigaByte, Hum, Case Genie, Impact Services, The Joint Commitment for Action on Inclusion and Diversity in Publishing and Review Commons. The finalists will present their innovations at the ALPSP 2022 Conference in September, where the winners will be announced.

A bright SPARC for the Knowledge Rights 21 project via infoDOCKET | 2-minute read

The first open access project funded by the Knowledge Rights 21 (KR21) project has been awarded to SPARC Europe, a Dutch foundation committed to increasing accessibility to academic research. Through this collaboration, KR21 seeks to enhance open access to scientific research by bringing about legislative and policy changes across Europe. When the project concludes, SPARC Europe will produce reviews, action plans and practical materials that aim to strengthen and update open access publishing policy. You can read more about SPARC Europe’s strategy here.

OASPA welcomes EIFL as new member via OASPA | 3-minute read

OASPA currently consists of almost 200 members and now welcomes Electronic Information for Libraries (EIFL) into the community. EIFL is an organization that works alongside libraries to enable open access to research and knowledge in developing nations across Africa, the Asia Pacific region, Europe and Latin America. In this article, Iryna Kuchma, an Open Access Programme Manager at EIFL, discusses the benefits of OASPA membership and some of the hurdles currently blocking open access publishing that EIFL aims to overcome.

International Science Council open science round-up via International Science Council | 6-minute read

In the second edition of their monthly round-up of all things open science, the International Science Council highlight what has been going on in June and what is to come in the near future. The round-up discusses the partnership between the American Institute of Physics and the CLOCKSS digital archive, an international symposium on national archives in Islamic countries, and political guidance on international and European cooperation in open science, as well as many other stories.

To listen to:

The state of play with SciPost, open access and scientific publishing via Podbean | 45-minute listen

In this podcast by Walled Culture, Jean-Sébastien Caux – a Professor of Physics at the University of Amsterdam and founder of open access publication portal SciPost – discusses the current state of play in scientific publishing and the role that copyright has in open access publishing. Jean also talks about the obstacles that hinder the open access movement, as well as how Jean’s own annoyance with restricted access to published materials led to the creation of SciPost.

Have you seen our recent commentary about user perspectives on plain language summaries? Read it here in Current Medical Research and Opinion.