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 OA Switchboard

On December 6th 2018, a group of stakeholders representing research funding organisations, academic libraries, scholarly publishers, and open infrastructure providers met in London to discuss a proposal for addressing the growing set of challenges in the implementation of institutional and funder policies supporting open access publication. The result of this initial stakeholder meeting was broad support for this initiative, tentatively titled the OA Switchboard, and in the weeks since this initial meeting the support for this initiative has continued to grow.

Feedback on the implementation guidance of Plan S generates large public response

Over 600 individuals and organisations provided feedback to cOAlition S on the implementation guidance of Plan S. Responses are now being analysed and will feed into an updated version of the Plan S implementation guidance.

SPARC and COAR release good practice principles for scholarly communication services

SPARC and COAR  issued Good Practice Principles for Scholarly Communication Services, a set of seven principles (which draw from existing principles) for users or clients so they can make informed decisions about which services they will contract with, as well as for service providers so they can improve their practices and governance. According to SPARC, “The aim is to ensure that services are transparent, open, and support the aims of scholarship.”

Helping learned societies transition to Open Access and explore Plan S-compliant business models

Wellcome, in partnership with UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and the Association of Learned & Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP), have engaged Information Power to explore a range of potential strategies and business models through which learned societies can transition to Open Access and adapt and thrive under Plan S.

Researchers committed to open science efforts

Placing collaboration above competition, Western researchers are giving 300 labs around the world the opportunity to gain a better understanding of the mouse brain in hopes of unlocking the secrets Alzheimer’s disease and other disorders in humans. Led by BrainsCAN, this is the latest and largest project undertaken by the neuroscience initiative in a push for open-science research.

Atypon acquires Authorea and Manuscripts and signals its plans for open science

The coming months will see Atypon combining the best of Authorea and Manuscripts into a new, re-engineered, open-source authoring tool. The new product will enable a community of researchers and technologists at to collaborate to create the next generation of scholarly authoring and document formatting solutions.

eLife invests in Texture to provide open source content production tools for publishers

eLife has announced its investment in the development of Texture – an open source toolset for the editing and production of manuscripts, designed to be integrated into publishers’ editorial and content-delivery systems.

Cambridge University Press and Jisc Collections announce major UK Open Access deal

Academic publisher Cambridge University Press and the Jisc Collections have reached a progressive agreement, which will enable UK universities and colleges to make a sustainable transition to publishing more Open Access content in the publisher’s journals.

Springer Nature partners with the Breast Cancer Research Foundation to improve data sharing

A new pilot project by Springer Nature and the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) enables researchers to make their research datasets accessible alongside their published articles.

Conferences, meetings, and webinars you might have missed

On Open Science – podcast interview with Kristen Ratan

As a keynote at the last FORCE11 meeting in Montreal in Oct 2018, Kristen Ratan was interviewed by Paolo Vincenzo on what open science is and what it could be.

OASPA Webinar in support of Academic-Led Publishing Day

OASPA has been inviting a number of speakers to consider contemporary debates in open research and open access publishing. Here you can access the third webinar in their series, which includes three world experts at the forefront of publishing initiatives promoting Open Access and Open Scholarship at institutions.

What is Hype and What Has Value?

On February 5th, Coko Co-founder Kristen Ratan and Hindawi’s Chief Digital Officer Andrew Smeall presented on an ALPSP Webinar: What is Hype and What Has Value? Here, you can view slides from Kristen and Andrew.

FOSTER and OpenAIRE joint webinar as part of the Open Access to Publications in Horizon 2020 moderated course

Open Access to Publications in Horizon 2020, presented by Antónia Correia (FOSTER, University of Minho) and Pedro Príncipe, (OpenAIRE, University of Minho).

SSP Fellowship Program – deadline for applications falls on March 7, 2019

Each spring, the Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP) awards 12 students and early-career professionals with a highly competitive Fellowship. Students of publishing, librarianship, and information science, together with early-career professionals in the first four years of employment in the scholarly communications industry, are invited to apply. The application will be open from February 7th to March 7th, 2019. 

Interesting read

Open access and Plan S: how Wellcome is tackling four key concerns

Robert Kiley and David Carr discuss the reaction to the changes they are making to Wellcome’s open access policy to ensure that no research is behind a paywall. In this article, they elaborate on how they are working to address them.

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