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.

China backs bold plan to tear down journal paywalls

Officials in China pledge support for European-led ‘Plan S’ to make research papers immediately free to read. It is not yet clear when Chinese organizations will begin implementing new policies, or whether they will adopt all of Plan S’s details.

eLife to develop SwipesForScience to speed up research

eLife is collaborating with participants from its inaugural Innovation Sprint earlier this year to develop SwipesForScience – a templating service that lets researchers quickly create mobile-friendly games that allow players to help with analysing large amounts of research data. By helping scientists gamify the crowdsourcing of data analysis, SwipesForScience will engage the community to speed up research.

Chiba University launches new academic resource collection, c-arc

Chiba University has launched a new academic resource collection named ‘Chiba University Academic Resource Collections (c-arc)’ which makes all content published and provided by Chiba University Libraries widely available on the web. This website is a new infrastructure to realise ‘Digital Scholarship,’ which promotes using digital content to research, education, and learning materials. Not only students and researchers at Chiba University, but anyone can use this open resource.

F1000Research agrees open access deal with Max Planck Digital Library

F1000 and the Max Planck Digital Library (MPDL) have reached an agreement whereby MPDL will cover the cost for Max Planck Society-affiliated authors to publish on F1000Research. All content is licenced by the authors under Creative Commons licenses (CC-BY for articles or CC0 for research data) and available without charge for others to view, access and use.

Hindawi Limited becomes Coko’s first sponsor

As an integral part of the development of xPub – the Coko-led, community-owned open source journal submission and peer review platform – Hindawi has been one of Coko’s early partners. As a tangible expression of their partnership, Hindawi Ltd became the first sponsor of xPub.  

IOS Press relaunches StemBook

STM publisher IOS Press has announced the relaunch and revitalisation of StemBook, an online open access forum and discussion platform for the stem cell research community. It features a collection of content covering a range of topics related to stem cell biology written by top researchers in the field.

Max Planck Society ends Elsevier subscription

President Martin Stratmann has mandated the Max Planck Digital Library to discontinue their Elsevier subscriptionAt the same time, the Max Planck Society reaffirmed its support for the national licensing project DEAL.

SPARC Europe releases updated analysis of Open Data and Open Science policies

An updated analysis of Open Data and Open Science policies across Europe reports a continued increase in the growth of related policies and an increase in uptake in countries where no such policy previously existed.

Conferences, meetings, and webinars

Panelists discuss Open Science in OASPA webinar

OASPA have been organising a series of freely accessible webinars on topics of open access publishing. Dr Danny Kingsley (Cambridge University Libraries), Professor Christopher Jackson (Imperial College London), and Professor Eva Méndez (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid and the European Commission’s Open Science Policy Platform) recently joined OASPA for a webinar to discuss open science.

Notes from All Things Coko meeting in London

From December 5-7, 2018, the Coko community and those curious to learn more about their work convened in London for presentations, discussions, user centered design sessions, even an update Book Sprint for our PubSweet book. The best summary of the week is to say that All Things Coko truly were on display, and open for discussion.

The Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP) to organize 2019 Academic Publishing in Europe Pre-Conference in Berlin

The Society for Scholarly Publishing is again collaborating with Arnoud de Kemp to organize the APE Pre-Conference in Berlin, Germany, on 14 January 2019. The APE Conference aims at a better understanding of scholarly communication and the role of information in science, education and society.

Ten years of OASPA

Leyla Williams, Events and Communications Coordinator at OASPA, gives us a short summary of the Conference on Open Access Scholarly Publishing (COASP) that took place last September at the University of Vienna.

Open Science talks

What does the future of Open Science look like? What is it like to run a company that only publish Open Access Peer Reviewed Journals? Is the Peer Review system flawed? Open Science Talk – a compelling podcast series on all things Open Science – is produced by the University Library at UIT – The Arctic University, Norway.

Interesting read of the month

How academics across the globe perceive open access: Insights from a large-scale survey

In 2018, Editage released a comprehensive report based on a global author survey capturing the views of almost 7000 researchers on different aspects of scholarly publishing. The latest report released by Editage takes a deep dive into the open access-specific data collected in the survey, and showcases the views of authors from the seven most represented countries in the survey.

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