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.

Wellcome and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation joined the Open Access cOAlition S

A big win for Open Access came early in November after two major funders declared that they will not fund hybrid journals and endorsed the principles of Plan S.

Jeremy Farrar, Director of Wellcome, said: “Support for unrestricted access to the published outputs of research is a fundamental part of Wellcome’s mission to improve health for all. Our new open access policy will ensure that research can be accessed, reused and built upon by researchers from all over the world. We share this ambition with others and together we can move towards a world where no research is behind a paywall, to ensure that it can benefit as many people as possible.” 

Wellcome Trust updated its Open Access policy

On the same day as endorsing Plan S and following a six-month review, Wellcome Trust updated its Open Access policy. All changes will apply starting from 1 January 2020. In a post explaining what is different and why, Robert Kiley, Head of Open Research, points out that Wellcome wants to “support a transition to a fully open access world, where no research is behind a paywall”.

Implementation guidance of Plan S

Guidance on how Plan S is to be implemented was presented by cOAlition S on November 26. “There are three main roads for Plan S compliance and we look forward to taking our many informal discussions with researchers, research institutions and publishers into a public commitment to implementation”, said Prof. John-Arne Røttingen, Chief Executive of the Research Council of Norway (RCN) and co-chair of the cOAlition S implementation task force.

“Prompting an EOSC in practice” and “Turning FAIR into reality” were published by the European Commission

Leading up to the launch of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) implementation phase 2018-2020, the Commission released two reports that touch upon key issues for the implementation of the Cloud and look at how the Cloud can effectively interlink people, data, services and trainings, publications, projects and organizations.

The European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) was launched

The European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) was officially launched on November 23, 2018 during an event hosted by the Austrian Presidency of the European Union. The event concluded with the introduction of the EOSC Portal – a source of up-to-date information about the EOSC initiative.

Conferences you might have missed

CrossRef Live 18 took place on November 13-14, 2018 in Toronto. The theme was ‘How good is your metadata?’ In her Crossref LIVE18 Keynote speech, Coko’s Kristen Ratan questioned the sense of the industry’s continuing resignation to being locked in to costly, print-based, outdated workflows and technologies. “Publishers are mired in print paradigms, and legacy systems. We need to break out of silos”, she stressed. You can access the slides from her talk on LinkedIn.

This year’s Munin Conference – an annual conference on scholarly publishing and communication, primarily revolving around open access, open data and open science – took place on 28–29 November at the Tromsø campus of UiT The Arctic University of Norway. Recordings of the 13th Munin Conference are live and open to access. 

If you couldn’t make it to Vienna for this year’s COASP, the recordings are now live on the OASPA website. OASPA’s 11th Conference on Open Access Scholarly Publishing (COASP) will take place from Tuesday 24 – Thursday 26 September 2019, at the Royal Library in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Interesting read of the month

Stephen Curry shares slides from a talk he gave to the general assembly of Science Europe in Brussels on November 22, 2018. He discusses the negative effects of over-reliance on metrics based on academic outputs and gives an overview of the problems of over-metricised research evaluation and how this might be tackled.


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