OpenAIRE2020 and the UK Research Office Conference

Each year the UK Research Office (UKRO) organises a two-day conference aimed primarily at European Liaison Officers, European research managers, Research Councils and policy makers. The 2017 edition of the UKRO Annual Conference took place from Thursday 22 to Friday 23 June at the Centre for Life in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. I attended the UKRO’s conference on behalf of Jisc as OpenAIRE’s National Open Access Desk for the UK.  UKRO is the European office of the UK Research Councils, which delivers a ...
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Zenodo now supports DOI versioning!

We are pleased to announce the launch of DOI versioning support in Zenodo - the open research repository from OpenAIRE and CERN. This new feature enables users to update the record’s files after they have been made public and researchers to easily cite either specific versions of a record or to cite, via a top-level DOI, all the versions of a record. DOI versioning support was one of our most requested features for Zenodo, and it has been co-developed by OpenAIRE’s Zenodo team and EUDAT’s B2SHAR...
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How to measure research impact: an interview with Carlos Galan-Diaz

On the occasion of the OpenAIRE workshop "What is the social, economic and academic impact of Open Access and how can it be measured?", we had the chance to meet Carlos Galan-Diaz, who gave a very nice speech on the impact of research on society . Carlos is Research Impact Officer at the University of Glasgow, and we were curious to know what exactly his job was about. Thanks Carlos for answering our questions, and enjoy the interview! Q. Can you tell us more about the initiative of the personal...
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OpenAIRE as the basis for a European Open Access Platform

An exciting recent article on the LSE Impact Blog proposes a European Open Access Platform for research. This idea is very much in line with OpenAIRE’s mission of building a public research publication infrastructure and as such we welcome the authors’ vision. A public platform for the dissemination of research will become essential infrastructure to finally fully integrate research publishing and dissemination into the research lifecycle, rather than seeing it as an added-extra to be outsourced...
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OpenAIRE survey: open peer review is moving mainstream

OpenAIRE today releases the results of its survey conducted in Autumn 2016, which gauged the views towards open peer review (OPR) of over 3,062 editors, authors and reviewers. The report, entitled "OpenAIRE survey on open peer review: Attitudes and experience amongst editors, authors and reviewers" shows that open peer review is moving mainstream, with high levels of enthusiasm and experience amongst those surveyed. Read the report: https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.570864 Report Abstract:  Open pe...
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I4OC: the new initiative for openly accessible citations

Six organisations recently announced the establishment of the Initiative for Open Citations ( I4OC ): OpenCitations, the Wikimedia Foundation, PLOS, eLife, DataCite, and the Centre for Culture and Technology at Curtin University. OpenAIRE is proud to be amongst the  initial group of 33 organisations , including The Internet Archive and Mozilla, to formally put their name behind I4OC as stakeholders in support of openly accessible citations. OpenAIRE supports and creates the social and technical ...
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What are the barriers to post-publication peer review?

Guest post by Jon Tennant, Communications Director of ScienceOpen, email:  At ScienceOpen, we have over 28 million article records all available for public, post-publication peer review (PPPR) , 3 million of which are full-text Open Access. This functionality is a response to increasing calls for continuous moderation of the published research literature, a consistent questioning of the functionality of the traditional peer review model (some examples in this post ), a...
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Scholastica White Paper Calls for Democratized Journal Publishing

Guest Post by Danielle Padula, Community Development officer for Scholastica , email:  It’s no secret that the cost of corporate-run academic journals is skyrocketing. A 2007 study found the average list price of for-profit journals to be four times higher than that of not-for-profit publications. Rising journal subscription prices have increased support among the academic community for publishing scholarship open access (OA), or free to read online. But on its own OA pu...
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How to Title an Essay

How to Title an Essay Titling an essay is one of the most challenging tasks in essay writing . Many students will write impeccable essays but fail to come up with appropriate titles for their essays. Whether you are writing a research paper or an academic paper, the title of your essay matters a lot. A title is the first thing that a reader sees the moment they look at your essay. It subtly communicates what is in your essay. While it may not be direct, by simply looking at it, one can be motiva...
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How to Start a Narrative Essay

How to Start a Narrative Essay Before you start writing an essay , you need to understand the type of essay you are writing . The above is essential because different essays have different requirements and one needs to adhere to the specific requirements of the essay they are writing. A narrative essay seeks or allows you to reach out to your creative side. These essays are often experiential, personal, and also anecdotal. One is usually not limited to what they are required to write, and you ca...
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Defining Open Peer Review: Part Three - A Community Endorsed Definition

  ABSTRACT:  This is the last of a series of posts describing OpenAIRE’s work to find a community-endorsed definition of “open peer review” (OPR), its features and implementations. As described in Parts One  and Two , OpenAIRE collected 122 definitions of “open review” or “open peer review” from the scientific literature. Iterative analysis of these definitions resulted in the identification of seven distinct OPR traits at work in various combinations amongst these definitions: Open identities: ...
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New working group aims to put Scholix guidelines for data-literature integration into practice

A new working group has been formed to take data-literature linking to a new global scale - and there are great opportunities for OpenAIRE repositories.  This scholarly exchange ink xworking group, which builds on the achievements of the  RDA-WDS Data Publishing WG,  includes participants from infrastructure providers like CrossRef, DataCite and OpenAIRE; from publishers such as Elsevier and Springer Nature; and from data centres including Pangaea and the Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre. ...
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Insight into Open Access week 2016 - Latvia

The Library of the University of Latvia and National Open Access Desk - Latvia participated in Open Access Week 2016 by organising several activities: The workshop „ Research Data Management and Open Science: Challenges and Opportunities for Latvia ” as pre-event, on October 13. The workshop was given by Iryna Kuchma, EIFL -OA Programme Manager. Click HERE to view the recording of this workshop. One of the main events was the conference „ Research of the University of Latvia and e-resources ”. T...
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New Open Access and Repositories law in Argentina

Last November 16th, 2016, the Argentine government published a law entitled “Creación de Repositorios Digitales Institucionales de Acceso Abierto”. The law establishes that all institutions which are part of the National Science and Technology System that receive funding from the Argentine federal government must create an “institutional digital repository” that provides free and open access to all publications (including technical-scientific works, academic theses, journal articles, etc.) In ad...
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The National OpenAIRE Workshop for UK Institutions

Following Open Access week, on Tuesday, the 1 st of November 2016, OpenAIRE, in partnership with Jisc, held a national workshop for UK universities, which focused on the uptake of the Horizon 2020 open access policy in the UK and how to comply with that policy; how to take part in the open research data pilot; and how to take part in the FP7 post-grant open access pilot.  Speakers included: Marina Angelaki, research associate, e-publishing and SSH unit at the National Documentation Centre (EKT) ...
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Defining Open Peer Review: Part Two - Seven Traits of OPR

ABSTRACT:  This is part two of a series of posts describing OpenAIRE’s work to find a community-endorsed definition of “open peer review” (OPR), its features and implementations. As described in Part One , OpenAIRE collected 122 definitions of “open review” or “open peer review” from the scientific literature. Iterative analysis of these definitions resulted in the identification of seven distinct OPR traits at work in various combinations amongst these definitions: Open identities:  Authors and...
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Defining Open Peer Review: Part One - Competing Definitions

ABSTRACT: At present there is neither a standardized definition of “open peer review” (OPR) nor an agreed schema of its features and implementations, which is highly problematic for discussion of its potential benefits and drawbacks. This new series of blog posts reports on work to resolve these difficulties by analysing the literature for available definitions of “open peer review” and “open review”. In all, 122 definitions have been collected and codified against a range of independent OPR tra...
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2016 Chinese Institutional Repository Conference and launch of the new repository group in China, CHAIR

The 4th annual Chinese Institutional Repository Conference took place in Chongqing, China on September 21-22, 2016, with the theme of “Rich functions and extended roles for institutional repositories”. The conference was jointly organized by National Science Library, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and CIRG (Chinese institutional repository implementation group), and Chongqing University Library. It attracted over 330 registered participants, reflecting the growing interest in repositories in ...
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Dialogue, Digitization, Participation: Making Open Science a Reality in Sweden

Event on Open Science arranged by the Swedish non-profit membership organisation Science & Public (Vetenskap & Allmänhet, VA) , October 12 th , Stockholm, Sweden The theme for this conference was Open Science, what Open Science means in practice and how we will make Open Science a reality in Sweden. Background for the event was the Competitiveness Council conclusions on the transition towards an Open Science system, adopted by the EU Member States in May 2016. They imply that open scienc...
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Open access publisher deals in The Netherlands

In 2015 The Dutch national website on open access has been completely refreshed with an updated look and more interactive content. Openaccess.nl provides information in both Dutch and English about key open access developments in the Netherlands, including connections with OpenAIRE. Recently a platform with publisher deals was created as part of the website. The dedicated page gives insight into the open access deals arranged between Dutch universities – acting as a consortium –and publishers of...
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