OpenEdition and OpenAIRE - experiments in open peer review

 As part of OpenAIRE2020, OpenEdition , in association with the Couperin consortium and the environmental science journal VertigO , is carrying out experiments in the areas of open peer review and open commentary. Although the experiments are still ongoing, we are here able to share an update on progress, along with some preliminary findings. The journal chosen for the experiments, VertigO, is a popular environmental sciences journal that receives a large number of submissions. In addition to th...
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Dutch Universities reach agreement with Elsevier

The Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU) and scientific information provider Elsevier have reached an agreement in principle  that continues to provide academics at Dutch universities with access to all Elsevier journals and allows them to publish through gold OA in a selection of Elsevier journals at no additional cost to the corresponding author.  The Dutch universities aim to make 30% of their researchers’ publications Open Access (OA) by 2018. For the first time in history t...
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Conference “Open Science - the 21th century benefits for researchers” - Riga, Latvia

The conference “Open Science - the 21th century benefits for researchers” took place during the annual International Open Access week. This conference, which had financial support provided by the European Union`s FP7 program`s project FOSTER , was organized by three institutions – the National Library of Latvia, the University of Latvia and Technical Riga University. The conference was attended by more than hundred scientists and research managers, creaters of research policies and librarians. T...
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RDA 6th Plenary highlights

The RDA 6th Plenary meeting recently took place in Paris, 23-25 September, with the theme " Enterprise Engagement with a focus on Research Data for Climate Change" . It was a full week for OpenAIRE, with our Advisory Board meeting taking place in Paris on the 21st and a pre-plenary workshop with the theme “ Data and computing infrastructures for open scholarship ” organised by our Director Natalia Manola on the 22 nd  (full report to follow - watch this space!). We here present some highlights o...
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Ljubljana Conference on Open Access and Licensing of Toll Access Journals

The Slovenian Ministry of Education, Science and Sport hosted the conference on best practices of managing open access to publications and research data and on toll access to publications, with a view of enabling open science. The event took place on 1 October 2015 and was attended by approximately 130 participants in the hall as well as by 596 spectators of the video streaming. The presentations are available at event webpage and the video at Arnes Video portal . The welcome address was deliver...
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Developing the first Open Peer Review Module for Institutional Repositories

Why aren’t articles on arXiv or any other open access repository formally credited as publications? What is it exactly that separates open access repositories from publishers? The simple answer is that publications in journals come with an amorphous quality indicator associated with the journal’s perceived prestige. Articles posted on a repository on the other hand, are considered to be “provided at the reader’s own risk”, as they are not accompanied by any measurable guarantee of their scientif...
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“Not Just APCs”: the FP7 Post-Grant OA Pilot's alternative APC-equivalent funding mechanism

The identification of Gold Open Access with the payment of Article Processing Charges (APCs) is a widespread misunderstanding that has often led this alternative route for OA implementation to be dismissed as commercial publisher-friendly and prone to double dipping. However, Gold OA means publishing in any Open Access journal, and it's a well-known fact that over two thirds of the OA journals hosted in the DOAJ charge no APCs to their authors. This is the reason why when discussing the way the ...
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FP7 Post-Grant OA Pilot Q&A with NOADs in the OpenAIRE South Region

Following an invitation from Universidade do Minho, an update on the FP7 Post-Grant OA Pilot was delivered on July 28 th at the monthly coordination meeting for the OpenAIRE NOADS in the South Region, including Portugal, Spain, Italy, Malta, Greece, Cyprus and Turkey. This included a short presentation and a 30 mins Q&A session where different aspects of the initiative were discussed with the NOAD representatives. Lists of eligible FP7 projects were shared prior to the event with the NOADs f...
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A new start for Europe: opening up to an ERA of innovation, Bruxelles, 22–23 June 2015

The future development of the European Research Area (ERA) was discussed at the conference A new start for Europe: opening up to an ERA of innovation  that was attended by more than 500 participants. The first day was dedicated to the Open Science, and the second day to the world-class research and innovation ecosystem for Europe and to the improvement of its framework conditions. In this report we present the current and planned activities of the European Commission on Open Science. The Competi...
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Peer Review @ OAI9

Last week I attended the OAI9 conference in Geneva . Great weather, great discussions and a great programme. The Thurs afternoon session on “Quality Assurance” (read: peer review) was of particular interest for me. Since I actually took notes (something I usually don't), I thought I'd give them a bit more form and put them to use here. Enjoy. PLOS First up, Damian Pattinson from PLOS discussed “Managing Peer Review at Scale” with PLOS One. Scale is certainly correct – PLOS One publishes over 600...
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Training session on research data at the French national school for librarians

On the 9th and 10th of march 2015, a training session on research data took place in Lyon, at the National school for librarians . The session was chaired by Monique Joly, head of the INSA Lyon library (School of Engineering) and of Couperin’s department services and forecasting studies. Around 20 librarians gathered to learn or share their experience on research data curation. The goal of this continuing training session for librarians was to define the challenges of the preservation, the shari...
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OAI9 - Some reflections

Gathering again at the bi-yearly event in Geneva, a diverse and yes, innovative, programme was presented. Note: remove CERN from the title, now known as the 'Geneva Workshop on Innovation in Scholarly Communication'. All slides and video of the presentations are available online . https://www.flickr.com/photos/130998664@N02/18916757805/in/pool-openaire/ Main take-away's: Make it efficient for the researcher but also to explore their ongoing responsibilities in an open science arena OA altruism i...
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Conference report: ORD2015 in Warsaw, May 28-29

Over 100 participants from 10 countries attended the international conference “Open Research Data: Implications for Science and Society” which took place in Warsaw on May 28-29, 2015. The conference was organized by the Open Science Platform – part of the Interdisciplinary Centre for Mathematical and Computational Modelling at the University of Warsaw (ICM UW) – which also functions as the Polish OpenAIRE 2020 National Open Access Desk. The audience of the conference was very mixed, including re...
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Slovenia seminar on practical aspects of open access publishing

Approximately 120 participants attended the event entitled Practical aspects of publishing in open access: a seminar for researchers and librarians , which took place in Ljubljana, Slovenia, at the premises of the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport on 20 May 2015. The event was jointly organized by the Ministry and three libraries (the National and University Library, the Central Technological Library of the University of Ljubljana, the University of Maribor Library) and was live streamed ...
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The Hague Declaration: official launch

On May 6, the The Hague Declaration on Knowledge Discovery in the Digital Age was officially launched by LIBER at the Science Europe offices in Brussels. [caption id="attachment_248" align="alignright" width="215"] Paul Ayris, Lars Björnshauge, Caroline Sutton, Jean-François Dechamp and Kristiina Hormia-Poutanen Coinciding with the launch of the Digital Single Market strategy by the European Commission, LIBER’s Paul Ayris and Susan Reilly did not neglect to stress the fact that this declaration ...
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Joint COAR/SPARC conference "Connecting research results, bridging communities, opening scholarship"

Co-hosted by the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) and the Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR) on April 14-16, 2015, the conference “Connecting research results, bridging communities, opening scholarship”  , held in Porto, offered a thought-provoking programme with dynamic speakers from around the world to discuss the opportunities and challenges for libraries in a world of open science and open content, provided a valuable opportunity for parti...
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Open Peer Review in OpenAIRE

OpenAIRE supports OA infrastructure in Europe and beyond, to help realize Open Science for the benefit of society, innovation and industry. OpenAIRE2020, the current project phase, is investigating a full complement of scholarly communication building blocks, including research data management support, gold open access, usage statistics, Linked Open Data, a publication broker and global interoperability. As part of this effort, Göttingen State and University Library , in partnership with COUPERI...
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Austrian national survey regarding research data

Last January 19th initiated the Austrian national survey regarding research data. This survey is performed within the scope of e-Infrastructures Austria, which is a project sponsored by the Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy (BMWFW). Within this context, this is the first time a nation wide survey regarding research data is performed in Austria. Participants include all scientists and researchers from all participating project partners.   Dr. Christian Gumpenberger from the Librar...
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Science Set Free: OpenAIRE2020 in 10 Steps

Over 50 partners and 100 attendees gathered at the end of January in Athens. The event was more a conference, than a kick-off, here are the top 10 take-aways: 1. OpenAIRE2020 is 3-5 projects in one OpenAIRE2020 has a grand vision: building on previous iterations, it is an infrastructure which now supports the OA mandate of the EC via a network of repositories, OA journals and information systems (CRIS). The project also includes a full complement of scholarly communication building blocks: resea...
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