News RoundUp: 2019 International Open Access Week – Equity in Open Knowledge

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

Theme of 2019 International Open Access Week to be “Open for Whom? Equity in Open Knowledge”

As open becomes the default, all stakeholders must be intentional about designing new, open systems to ensure that they are inclusive, equitable, and truly serve the needs of a diverse global community. The 2019 International Open Access Week will be held from the 21st-27th of October.

cOAlition S appoints Jisc expert to accelerate open access

Neil Jacobs, head of open science and research lifecycle at Jisc, will take the work of the consortium, Plan S, to help accelerate the transition to full and immediate open access. Neil has been actively supporting open access for more than 15 years, the majority of that time at Jisc, which supports UK universities and research centres in the use of digital technologies.

Plan S Ambassadors

cOAlition S now have the support of a group of independent experts active in the research community. The Plan S Ambassadors act as local points of contact for discussions and advice about Plan S and its implementation.

The Web of Science Group launches new publisher analytics reports

These ready-to-use reports include: Journal Performance Analytics Report, Publishing Output Analysis, Subject Area/Opportunity Analysis, and Funding/Institutional/ Regional Analysis.

The future of scholarly books is open (access)

A global Springer Nature survey of more than 2,500 academic book authors provides in-depth insights into perceptions of open access, conclusions and recommendations to further increase take-up of OA books. 

OAPEN and De Gruyter enable retroactive open access for ERC-funded publications

The OAPEN Foundation and De Gruyter have developed a framework agreement that outlines good practice for retroactive open access to books and chapters resulting from research funded by the European Research Council, under the 7th EU Research Framework Programme (FP7).

WACREN & COAR Partnership Announcement

COAR will contribute knowledge about global trends and technologies, provide expertise related to repositories and other open science services. And WACREN will provide its African perspectives to the international discussions convened by COAR.

Who is Coko? 

An interview with Adam Hyde, Coko Co-founder and visionary. 

Must listen 

OASPA Webinar: How to set up your data sharing policy

The OASPA Open Scholarship Webinar Series welcome three experts, leading global initiatives that enable publishers to take pragmatic steps towards implementing a data sharing policy for their authors. hear more about how others are managing the sharing of data, or to learn more to help you on your journey to setting up your own policy. 

The Nice Captain – An interview with Jure

An audio interview with Jure Triglav, the lead developer for PubSweet who has been with Coko since pretty much the beginning. He talks about PubSweet, navigating open source by friendliness, and the role of facilitation in open source communities.

Must read

Mapping the Scholarly Communication Landscape – 2019 Census

This report documents the design, methods, results, and recommendations of the 2019 Census of Scholarly Communication Infrastructure Providers. This census was created to document key components comprising the organizational, business, and technical apparatuses of a broad range of Scholarly Communication Resources (SCRs) 

Not to miss

OASPA 2019 Conference 

The OASPA 2019 Annual Conference on Open Access Scholarly Publishing, will be held at the Royal Danish Library, in Copenhagen, Denmark. It will take place from the24th – 26th of September 2019.


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