Weekly digest: Open Science Monitoring, VeriXiv and open federal research

Sophie Nobes

This week, we signpost a consultation on the UNESCO draft Principles of Open Science Monitoring, and we highlight an upcoming webinar on new preprint platform VeriXiv. We read a report on models for financing OA publication of federally funded research, and we explore data from cOAlition S’s Transformative Journal programme. Finally, we read about how aspiring authors can navigate the ‘publish or perish’ culture while following open science principles.

Have your say: UNESCO Open Science Monitoring via UNESCO

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is calling for comments on its draft Principles of Open Science Monitoring. These principles represent the initiation of a global approach to open science monitoring that aims to promote transparency and equity. More information about the consultation, including how to contribute comments or suggest edits, can be found here.

VeriXiv: preparing for launch via Zoom

Earlier this year, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and F1000 announced the launch of VeriXiv, a new preprint server designed to help researchers comply with the foundation’s revised open access (OA) policy. With VeriXiv opening for submissions next month, it’s the perfect time to begin exploring the benefits of preprints. Join this free webinar on 22 July to learn more about the preprint process and VeriXiv.   

Making federally funded research open via The White House | 1-hour read

In November 2023, The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) released a report that explored models for financing OA publication of federally funded research. Just 7 months later, the OSTP has released an updated report that details developments in the OA publishing landscape and explores the impact of policies, practices and trends on research integrity.

cOAlition S Transformative Journal programme: 2023 analysis via Plan S | 5-minute read

How successful are transformative agreements? cOAlition S launched its Transformative Journal programme in 2021 to help subscription publishers transition to full and immediate OA. This 2023 analysis is the penultimate report from the programme and demonstrates that more than half of the 996 participating titles failed to meet their OA growth targets in 2023. The analysis concludes by acknowledging that the transition to full and immediate OA remains “a long way away” for many Transformative Journal publishers.

Navigating ‘publish or perish’ via Opus | 3-minute read

How can aspiring academic authors survive the ‘publish or perish’ culture while committing to openness? In this article, Heidi Seibold (Co-founder of the Digital Research Academy) outlines manageable steps that authors can take to start integrating open science principles into their academic practice.

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