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 EC to launch a new a tender for an open access publishing platform

The European Commission is committed to supporting beneficiaries in complying with open access requirements in Horizon 2020, as well as supporting open access publishing as the main mode of publishing research in the context of open science.

OASPA comes to North America

OASPA is delighted to announce that it will host a seminar preceding the SSP annual conference in San Diego. It aims to deepen understanding of how open access publishing is approached by many different parties and tackle some enduring areas of open access concern and confusion.

Launch of the Global Alliance of Open Access Scholarly Communication Platforms to democratize knowledge

At a session organized by UNESCO on 8th April at the WSIS Forum 2019 in Geneva,  coordinators of six platforms – AmeliCA, AJOL, Érudit, J-STAGE, OpenEdition, and SciELO Network agreed to join forces to democratize scientific knowledge following a multicultural, multi-thematic and multi-lingual approach.

The next version of Editoria is here!

“We are ecstatic to announce our new version of Editoria as the Monemvasia version. Inarguably beautiful, Monemvasia is Europe’s only castle that has never ceased being inhabited.”

ITU research is 100 percent Open Access

All research publications published by ITU researchers in 2017, are digitally available free of charge – for the benefit of industry, government, educators and society as a whole. Thus, ITU is the first Danish university to achieve 100 percent Open Access.

Norway and Elsevier Agree on pilot national licence for research access and publishing

The Norwegian consortium for higher education and research and Elsevier, have agreed to a pilot national license, providing Norwegian researchers with access to global academic research while making Norwegian research accessible through open access publishing.

Post-Elsevier breakup, new publishing agreement ‘a win for everyone’

Six weeks after ending negotiations with academic publishing giant Elsevier, the University of California announced today that it’s entered into its first open access agreement with a major publisher — Cambridge University Press.

Cambridge University Press announces major open access agreement with Max Planck Society

This builds on the ‘read and publish’ agreement coordinated by the Bavarian State Library, with financial support from the German Research Foundation announced last week. Authors from any of the Max Planck Society’s institutes can now publish their research articles under an Open Access license, with the relative publishing fees paid centrally by the Max Planck Digital Library.

MIT and Frontiers form open access publishing agreement

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology supports its researchers in making their research more widely available. As part of this support, the MIT Libraries has entered an institutional agreement with Frontiers.

Jisc and Springer Nature renew transformational deal securing Open Access for UK higher education

Jisc and academic publisher Springer Nature have agreed a further ‘read and publish’ agreement that meets the aims of Plan S and offers researchers a funder compliant route to publishing in hybrid journals.

Open Science Strategic plan 2020-2024 in the making

TU Delft’s Executive Board has now assigned a Steering Committee Open Science with the task to develop a ‘Strategic Plan Open Science 2020-2024’ by September 2019, in order to implement the ‘open’ ambitions of the TU Delft Strategic Framework 2018-2024, in order to comply with (inter)national policies and funding requirements, and to anticipate future developments.

Express your interest in the eLife Innovation Sprint 2019

The eLife Innovation Sprint is a 2-day collaborative hackathon where developers, designers, researchers, technologists, science communicators, and everyone enthusiastic about open science come together to address challenges we face in science publishing.

Must listen

What’s New at ORCID? A joint library Carpentries/ORCID webinar!

Library Carpentries and ORCID are co-hosting a webinar on What’s New at ORCID. This webinar, at 10am ET on Thursday, May 16, will focus on ORCID’s new API v3.0, launching in May

Open Science Talk

In 2019, Norway decided not to renew their deal with the Dutch publisher Elsevier. The reasons were clear: there was no real transition towards Open Access. Now, a new deal has been signed with the same publisher, and the deal is worth around 9-10 million euros.

Must read

SPARC Landscape Analysis

SPARC Landscape Analysis was commissioned in response to the growing trend of commercial acquisition of critical infrastructure in their institutions. It is intended to provide a comprehensive look at the current players in this arena, their strategies and potential actions.

Five essential factors for data sharing

White Paper by Springer Nature proposing and discussing key ways to improve on research data sharing practices.

A global database of women scientists is diversifying the face of science

Underrepresentation of women scientists in the public sphere perpetuates the stereotype of the white male scientist and fails both to reflect the true diversity of people practicing science today and to encourage more diversity. In a new article entitled A global database of women scientists is diversifying the face of science published in the open access journal PLOS Biology, Dr. Elizabeth McCullagh and colleagues from the grassroots organization 500 Women Scientists, describe the first year of a database they founded in January 2018 to combat this issue.


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.