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.

The HCST is the first organisation in the Middle East to join COAlition PLAN S

The Higher Council for Science and Technology is the first organisation in the Middle East to join PLAN S. HCST made it clear that the results of publicly funded research should be freely accessible to society with no barriers.

UC terminates subscriptions with world’s largest scientific publisher in push for open access to publicly funded research

As a leader in the global movement toward open access to publicly funded research, the University of California took a firm stand by deciding not to renew its subscriptions with Elsevier.

Norwegian research institutions unable to reach agreement with Elsevier

After lengthy negotiations, Norwegian research institutions were unable to reach an agreement with the publisher Elsevier to renew subscriptions. “Elsevier are not showing any inclination towards reducing costs for reading access and to shift their business model towards charging for publishing instead”, said Rector Svein Stølen.

eLife welcomes new Editor-in-Chief

eLife welcomes Michael Eisen as Editor-in-Chief. Michael Eisen played an integral role in kick-starting the open-access movement, which seeks to make the scientific literature freely available to all readers. He has demonstrated outstanding leadership and commitment to reforming research communication for the benefit of scientists and society and was chosen following a worldwide search and selection process.

New Chair of the Board for SPARC Europe

The SPARC Europe Board elected a new Chair of the Board at its March 2019 Board Meeting. The new Chair is Mr Ignasi Labastida i Juan. Ignasi has been working on making Open Access, Open Science and Open Education a reality for almost 20 years. He oversees the Open projects at the University of Barcelona (open access, open science, open education resources).

Calling all Wellcome Early Career Researchers

The Wellcome Trust decided that Wellcome Open Research would create a new, separate board to be run exclusively by Early Career Researchers to provide an active voice for researchers building their careers in academia. The closing date for applications to become a Member of the ECRAB is on 4th April 2019.

The Society for the Neurobiology of Language and MIT Press launch new open access journal

The Society for the Neurobiology of Language and the MIT Press are pleased to announce the launch of Neurobiology of Language. This open access journal will publish interdisciplinary articles addressing the neurobiological basis of human speech and language.

American Physical Society launches OA journal

The American Physical Society (APS) announced the launch of their fourteenth peer-reviewed journal, Physical Review Research (PRResearch). This title is the fourth fully open-access journal within the Physical Review suite of journals and will cover the full spectrum of research topics including fundamental and applied, theoretical and experimental, and interdisciplinary and newly emerging areas.

Biomedical Engineering Frontiers joins the Science Partner Journal program

Biomedical Engineering (BME) Frontiers is the latest title to join the Science Partner Journal program from the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in collaboration with the Suzhou Institute of Biomedical Engineering and Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Concepts in Magnetic Resonance A & B experience shift to OA

A pair of journals, Concepts in Magnetic Resonance Part A and Concepts in Magnetic Resonance Part B, are the latest additions to the Wiley-Hindawi partnership.

Wiley and The Norwegian Directorate for ICT and Joint Services in Higher Education and Research in deal to advance scholarly research and publishing in Norway

John Wiley & Sons, Inc. and Unit – The Norwegian Directorate for ICT and Joint Services in Higher Education and Research – have announced a combined open access and subscription agreement effective March 14, 2019.

Emerald signs DORA and underlines its commitment to accelerating pathways to impact

Emerald Publishing signed up to DORA, the Declaration on Research Assessment, supporting its vision to advance practical and robust approaches to research assessment globally and across all scholarly disciplines.

eLife announces first release of open-source submission and peer-review platform

eLife, in collaboration with the Collaborative Knowledge Foundation (Coko), has launched the first release of Libero Reviewer, an open-source application that will support the organisation’s unique editorial process from submission to acceptance.

Future Science Group selects Figshare to expand reach of open access journal content

Powered by Figshare technology, Future Science Group (FSG) launched a repository for all supplementary material published within its journals, starting with two of its publications: Future Science OA and BioTechniques. Because every item on FSG’s fully-branded Figshare Portal will be assigned a DOI, they will be easily citable as well as discoverable on their own.

Must listen

Rewriting Diversity: Editing Wikipedia and Opening Science

The ORION Open Science podcast investigate what the challenges to diversity in science are and how the Open Science movement can help.

Open Science Talk: No deal with Norway

New episode by Open Science Talk: Norway does not have a deal with the publisher Elsevier anymore and follows in Sweden and Germany’s footsteps. But why didn’t Norway renew their deal? And how will the Norwegian institutions and libraries cope with a future without the largest publisher of academic literature? The guest of this episode is Mona Magnussen, head of the collection department at the University Library at UiT – The Arctic University of Norway. The host of this episode is Erik Lieungh.

OASPA Webinar: Implementing a consortial funding model for open access publishing

OASPA’s next webinar Implementing a consortial funding model for open access publishing with Oya Y. Rieger (arXiv Program Director), John Willinsky (Director of the Public Knowledge Project), and Martin Paul Eve (Co-founder of the Open Library of Humanities) will take place on Thursday 4th April 2019 at 3.30pm BST. Recordings of the webinar will be posted here.

Must read

ORCID Member Survey Report

Over the past few years, ORCID has been carrying a series of surveys, including a survey of their consortia lead organizations and two community surveys (with a third under way). Late last year, ORCID completed their first member survey. Carried out between September and November 2018, there were 170 responses, of which 126 (74%) were complete. The organization types that responded largely reflected ORCID’s overall membership, with the vast majority (78%) from research institutions, which comprise 79% of our membership. Geographically, the responses were less representative, with Western Europe under-represented (25% compared with 56% of members) and the other regions somewhat over-represented. A full report and the anonymized data set are now available.

New report by the Institute for Scientific Information on Plan S poses key questions for the research community

A new report on Plan from the Institute for Scientific Information, using Web of Science data poses a number of questions for the research community, including funders, publishers and institutions. This is the second report in the Global Research series from the recently relaunched Institute for Scientific Information. The report, “The Plan S footprint: implications for the scholarly publishing landscape”, examines recent patterns of publications funded by Plan S supporters, exploring potential impacts on funders, subjects, countries, publishers, and journals.


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.