Weekly digest: Open Pharma summit, OA agreements and 2023 in review

Mark Elms

This week, we share a blog post about our Open Pharma summit. We read about a new OA agreement between the RSC and the German National Library for Science and Technology, and about OASPA’s review of publishing in 2023. We also learn about the impact of transformative agreements on publishing, share data from 4 years of PLOS’s Published Peer Review History initiative, and read a summary of the first day of the 2024 European Meeting of ISMPP. Finally, we learn about the role of OA metadata librarians, and we highlight an upcoming webinar series by ASAPbio.

To read:

Open Pharma summit: a new vision for pharma communications via Open Pharma | 8-minute read

In November 2023, we at Open Pharma hosted a summit to explore the current landscape of open science and discuss opportunities for progress. Throughout January, we shared the summit presentations on our YouTube channel. In this blog post, we summarize and reflect on the content of the summit and discuss how we can improve the accessibility and discoverability of pharma-sponsored research.

RSC signs OA agreement with German National Library for Science and Technology via STM Publishing News | 2-minute read

The Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) has signed a 4-year open access (OA) agreement with the German National Library for Science and Technology (TIB). Described as a ‘platinum consortium model’ OA agreement, it provides unlimited and free RSC publishing services – including submission, peer review, hosting, indexing and promotion – to authors and readers associated with 77 German research institutions.

OASPA’s review of 2023 via OASPA | 8-minute read

2023 was a busy year in the publishing world! In this blog post by the Open Access Scholarly Publishing Association (OASPA), Claire Redhead (Executive Director at OASPA) looks back at OASPA’s achievements in 2023, including the OASPA annual conference, the launch of the OA Journals Toolkit and the development of the OA Market report.

The impact of transformative agreements on publishing via International Journal of Librarianship | 18-minute read

Do transformative agreements increase the number of OA publications? This article, published in the International Journal of Librarianship, aimed to answer this question by examining the impact of transformative agreements on publication patterns. The analysis showed that transformative agreements are generally associated with an increase in hybrid OA publishing. However, the authors of the study remain undecided about whether this is an overall positive or negative development. Read the article and see what you think!

Four years of Published Peer Review at PLOS via PLOS | 5-minute read

Just over 4 years ago, PLOS launched the Published Peer Review History initiative. This gave authors of accepted manuscripts the option to have their peer review history shared alongside their article upon publication. Since being launched, about 40% of PLOS authors have opted in to the initiative, with higher rates (about 60–65%) recorded for PLOS’s biology and medicine journals than for their journals in other fields. Find out more about PLOS’s analysis of the initiative in this blog post by Lindsay Morton (Senior Manager of Open Science Community Engagement at PLOS).

Report from day one of the 2024 European Meeting of ISMPP via The Publication Plan | 20-minute read

Taking place on 23 and 24 January in London, the 2024 European Meeting of the International Society for Medical Publication Professionals (ISMPP) focused on Innovation: the new tradition. This summary by The Publication Plan provides an overview of day one of the conference, including sessions on med comms in 2030, artificial intelligence and the public perception of pharma.

The role of metadata librarians in the OA mission via International Journal of Librarianship | 18-minute read

Read this article to learn all about the role of OA metadata librarians. Published in the International Journal of Librarianship, this review argues that academic libraries should “consider investing in this specialized role [OA metadata librarians] to support the growth and sustainability of open scholarship”.

To engage with:

The history of peer review via Zoom

Join ASAPbio on 21 February 2024 for its first lunch and learn session! These 30-minute sessions will run every 2 months and focus on topics of interest to the ASAPbio community. This first session will cover a brief history of peer review, and you can register here to attend.

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