News RoundUp: The latest in Open Science

What caught our eye? Here’s a small dose of the latest and greatest in Open Science over the past month.

Large scale publisher survey reveals global trends in open access publishing

A survey of publishers with journals indexed in DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals) has revealed surprising trends in the way that content is published; what types of organisations are publishing the content; on how publishing standards are being accepted globally; and geographical trends on the uptake of open access.

A Huge Win for Open Data in the United States

President Trump signed into law the Open, Public, Electronic and Necessary (OPEN) Government Data Act, a government-wide mandate requiring U.S. federal agencies to publish all non-sensitive government information – including federally-funded research – as open data.

Wiley partners with Projekt DEAL

Wiley has signed a partnership with Projekt DEAL, which represents nearly 700 academic institutions in Germany. The partnership will better enable researchers to create and disseminate knowledge through Wiley’s journals, and continue to provide participating German institutions access to Wiley’s portfolio of academic journals.

Nature backs the Enabling FAIR Data initiative and requires authors to deposit data in community repositories

Nature and Scientific Data have endorsed the Enabling FAIR Data initiative in the Earth, space and environmental sciences. This initiative brings together a network of stakeholders who, through advocacy, policies, infrastructure and services to support data sharing, are working together to facilitate a shift towards open data becoming the default in the Earth sciences. As such, authors of papers in Earth sciences (and related space and environmental science fields) are now required to make supporting data available to others through community repositories where available.

Wellcome Open Research: a summary of year 2

Robert Kiley, Head of Open Research, Wellcome and Michael Markie, Publishing Director, F1000 highlight Wellcome Open Research’s achievements after two years of publishing.

UCL’s open access megajournal starts taking submissions

UCL Press has launched its new open access megajournal ‘UCL Open’ and started accepting academic research submissions from January 31, 2019. It is the first university megajournal providing an open access and transparent end-to-end publishing model, enabling research to be accessible to everyone.

MDPI announces new platform – Encyclopedia

Academic open-access publisher Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI) has announced a new platform Encyclopedia, which is an online reference created and curated by active scholars. The platform aims to highlight the latest research results as well as providing benchmark information for researchers and the general public.

Conferences, meetings, and webinars you might have missed

APE 2019: Platforms or Pipelines? Where is the Value in Scholarly Communications?

The APE Pre-Conference is organized by the Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP). Featuring a keynote address, two-panel discussions, and a workshop, the program explored how we can continue to innovate while we ensure our solutions meet the needs of all stakeholders in the academic publishing space. A complete list of edited video recordings is available online.

Interesting read

Open access mythbusting: Testing two prevailing assumptions about the effects of open access adoption

Dan Pollock and Ann Michael look at whether there is evidence to support two prevailing assumptions about open access. Are fully open access journals inherently of poorer quality than journals supported by other business models? And, is the OA business model more ‘competitive’ than the subscription journal access business model?  

The Ascent of Open Access Report

Digital Science have released their latest report, The Ascent of Open Access, which is an analysis of the Open Access landscape since the turn of the millennium.


Fani Kelesidou is Marketing Communications Manager at Hindawi. To share your news, ideas, and opinions feel free to contact her at fani.kelesidou@hindawi.com.