Open access – Preaches and practices

By Balázs Horváth. Published on 22 September 2015 in:
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“Publish or perish” is a well-known catch-phrase in academic circles. In accordance with the exponential information we live in (i.e. Big Data or Moore’s Law), scientific publication has undergone a drastic change in the last few decades. To be successful, researchers are forced to publish as many of their results in prestigious peer-reviewed journals as they can. Bibliometrics and scientometrics are being used to determine the value of scientific work.

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OpenAIRE2020 – a new horizon for open science

By e-EPS. Published on 24 February 2015 in:
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OpenAIRE (Open Access Infrastructure for Research in Europe) is a three-year project funded under the Seventh Framework Programme [FP7] of the European Commission that ran from 2009 to 2012. It is a collaborative European effort working towards a common goal to bring a change in implementing open access for the benefit of innovation, industry and society. All partners welcomed the effort to make open access a truly global reality during this pivotal phase in scholarly communication.
OpenAIRE currently maintains an interoperable and validated network of more than 520 repositories and Open …

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SCOAP3: more than 2000 Open Access articles online

By SCOAP3. Published on 25 August 2014 in:
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Two thousand Open Access articles have been published with SCOAP3 funding since January 2014 in 10 journals from 11 publishers and learned societies. These articles are released under a CC-BY license, and available on the SCOAP3 repository in several formats. Scientists from over 80 countries have freely published in SCOAP3 journals so far.
The Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access Publishing in Particle Physics [SCOAP3] is operated at CERN in Switzerland and managed by an international consortium of thousands of libraries in 35 countries that redirects funds previously used for subscriptions to instead support Open Access. All articles are published under…

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EAS’s recommendations on Open Access

By Bénédicte Huchet. Published on 26 March 2014 in:
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The European Astronomical Society [EAS] published a report entitled “Exploring the road to Open Access Publishing”. The report examines many aspects of open access with regard to publishing in the domain of astronomy, and provides 6 recommendations.
The EAS report explores the benefits and limitations of open access publication. The recurrent and main concern is the financial uncertainty arising from the transition from the traditional system and open access publication.
The conclusions of the report underline the importance of informing the members of the scientific community…

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SCOAP3 launched on 1 January 2014

By Martina Knoop. Published on 24 January 2014 in:
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As of 1 January 2014, the Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access Publishing in Particle Physics [SCOAP3] has become operational.

SCOAP3 contributes to the on-going evolution of the publication landscape by proposing a completely new approach for the high-energy and particle physics community. SCOAP3 is a new paradigm in scientific publication, relying on the redirection of funding from a large number of organisations and universities in order to cover publication expenses…

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EuCheMS subscribes the EPS statement on Open Access

By Luisa Cifarelli, Ulrich Schubert. Published on 20 December 2013 in:
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The EPS statement– Managing the transition of Open Access Publication, released last month was the result of wide and lively discussions among various EPS partner societies, internal and external to the EPS.

Meanwhile, as a demonstration of the relevance of global Open Access, CERN has confirmed the start of the SCOAP3 initiative for high-energy particle physics on 1 January 2014.

Particularly relevant is then the endorsement and approval of the EPS Statement by the European Association for…

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Editorial — Reliable Research: Getting Science Right

By John Dudley. Published on 26 November 2013 in:
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Science is in the news a lot these days. This is not surprising, since there is interest from many quarters: from the public fascinated by contemporary research, to policy makers who wish to decide how best to allocate public funding to achieve particular goals.

A recent cover story of The Economist caught my attention and that of many in the scientific community. With the title of “Unreliable Research: Trouble at the lab”, the article makes the provocative and worrying claim that whilst we…

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Managing the Transition to Open Access Publication

By David Lee. Published on 26 November 2013 in:
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Discussions regarding open access to scientific literature began in 1990s as a result of the widespread availability of the World Wide Web. In order to better understand the implications and impact of recent policy developments, the European Physical Society [EPS] organised a Round Table on Open Access publishing at its Council Meeting on 5 April 2013. The Round Table brought together scientists from different fields (astronomy, chemistry, physics, biology…) and from different countries and learned societies. Sir John Enderby chaired the Round Table, whose participants were: J. Dudley (EPS); M. Huber (EAS); D. Kulp (APS); A. Oleandri (SIF – EPJ); B. Pulverer (EMBO); U. Schubert (EuCheMS); and J.-H. Weil (FEBS).

The Round Table showed that publishing is an essential part of scientific research, necessary for the communication of results, inspiring future research and career development. Publishing is also a core activity of learned societies. The Round Table also brought to light that different scientific communities, national contexts, and positions in learned societies have an influence on positions regarding open access to scholarly, peer reviewed articles.

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EPS Executive Committee Meeting in Budapest

By Martina Knoop. Published on 26 November 2013 in:
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As a satellite meeting to the European Energy Conference and the EPS General Meeting in Budapest, the EPS Executive Committee [ExCom] met in the Hungarian capital at the end of October.

The ExCom approved the final version of the position paper “Managing the transition to Open Access”, which is an outcome of the Round Table that EPS organised with partners at the EPS Council 2013. Other learned societies (e.g. EuCheMS) have also endorsed…

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Open access opportunities @ EPL

By Luisa Cifarelli, Graeme Watt. Published on 25 October 2013 in:
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The European Physical Society [EPS], together with the Institute of Physics [IOP], Société
Française de Physique [SFP] and Società Italiana di Fisica [SIF], is one of the founding societies of the well known Europhysics Letters journal, now rebranded as EPL. EPL has celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2011 and has now acquired a maturity to allow for new publication policies. In order to keep abreast with the rapidly changing landscape of copyright and licencing regulations EPL has made amendments to…

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News on the Open Access front

By Luisa Cifarelli. Published on 21 August 2013 in:
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In June this year the American Physical Society [APS] has decided not to participate as a publishing partner in the SCOAP3 initiative launched by CERN as an Open Access possible model for the very international particle-physics community.
Of course, this does not mean that the APS will abandon its long-standing commitment to Open Access. However this decision signals, once more, how steep the road is to achieve sustainable Open Access for scientific publishers. Despite the universally recognised merits of the Open Access principle to grant unrestricted access to the results of…

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Open Access: a general concern

By Luisa Cifarelli. Published on 27 May 2013 in:
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As reported in our previous e-EPS issue, the European Physical Society [EPS] has started a discussion and survey among the European scientific learned societies concerning Open Access.

Today the transition from the current subscription-based system for scientific journals (or from the frequently adopted hybrid author pays/subscription-based system) to full open access is a serious concern. Very recently a statement precisely on the transition to open access was published by Science Europe…

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