Aktuelles zu Open Access - Issue 10
Welcome to the tenth issue of "Aktuelles zu Open Access" for Leibniz Universität Hannover. We cover the latest developments in Open Access activities at Leibniz Universität Hannover and TIB, as well as general trends in the area of Open Access. This time, we would like to draw your attention to the International Open Access Week, which is taking place around the world from 23 to 29 October 2017. Throughout the week, we will keep you informed about Open Access not only on-site at TIB but also online.
We welcome your comments and suggestions. Please feel free to pass on this information to any interested colleagues.
- BMBF post-grant fund for Open Access publications:
The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) has established a post-grant fund that can be used to cover article processing charges for Open Access publications resulting from completed BMBF-funded projects.
https://www.bmbf.de/foerderungen/bekanntmachung-1404.html (in German)
- G7 states want to offer incentives for Open Science:
At their conference in Turin, the G7 Science and Technology Ministers published a communiqué emphasising the importance of Open Science and suggesting incentives to promote it.
https://wisspub.net/2017/09/29/g7-staaten-wollen-anreize-fuer-open-science-setzen/ (in German) http://www.g7italy.it/sites/default/files/documents/G7%20Science%20Communiqu%C3%A9_1.pdf
- Five LIBER principles for Open Access negotiations with publishers:
LIBER, an association of over 400 European research libraries, has published five principles that ought to be considered in the course of Open Access negotiations with publishers.
- Early career researchers call for a fairer, more open research and publication environment:
early career researchers at the University of Cambridge have launched a campaign called "Bullied Into Bad Science", calling for a fairer and more open research and publication environment and better support from their institutions.
- Elsevier ideas on the Open Access transformation:
Elsevier has published its own ideas on a transition to Open Access. They suggest regionally restricted gold "Open Access" for Europe (at a fee) and green "Open Access" for the rest of the world. Since regional restrictions fundamentally contradict the definition of Open Access, the proposals are rejected by advocates of Open Access.
- Researchers resign from editorial duties for Elsevier journals:
In protest against the DEAL negotiations with Elsevier over German-wide licences for access to electronic journals that have so far proved unsuccessful, several renowned researches have stopped performing their editorial duties for the publisher. Furthermore, almost 200 higher education institutions and research institutions have cancelled their Elsevier subscriptions.
https://www.projekt-deal.de/herausgeber_elsevier/ (in German)
- Open-Access-Tage 2017 presentations now online:
The 11th Open-Access-Tage (Open Access Days), the central annual meeting on Open Access and Open Science in the German-speaking world, was held in Dresden between 11 and 13 September 2017. The conference posters and some of the presentations are now freely accessible on Zenodo. Video recordings of the presentations and sessions will be made available in TIB's AV-Portal.
- New preprint servers:
The boom in preprint servers continues. Servers for ultrasound research (FocUS Archive), Indonesia (INA-Rxiv), library and information science (LISSA nutritional sciences (NutriXiv), palaeontology (PaleorXiv), sport-related research (SportRxiv) and earth and space sciences (ESSOAr) have recently been installed or announced.
arXiv has also added two new disciplines: Economics (starting with econometrics) and Electrical Engineering and Systems Science.
*** Open Access at Leibniz Universität Hannover and TIB ***
- Open Access Week 2017:
The International Open Access Week, taking place from 23 to 29 October 2017, is used as an opportunity to raise the public's awareness of Open Access around the world. TIB and Leibniz Universität Hannover will also be offering several activities: a webinar and a series of articles in the TIB Blog, as well as a poster exhibition and a coffee lecture at the library.
- TIB survey on information procurement and publishing behaviour:
An online survey on information procurement and publishing behaviour in the natural sciences and engineering conducted by TIB was completed by more than 1,400 researchers. Two-thirds of the respondents stated that they publish their work in Open Access journals. In contrast, research data or scientific software is often not published at all. Almost one third of the respondents signalled the need for advice on Open Access and text repositories.
Past issues of "Aktuelles zu Open Access" can be found at: https://www.tib.eu/en/publishing-archiving/open-access/information-about-open-access/
You can also find news on Open Access on the TIB Blog at: http://blogs.tib.eu/wp/tib/category/open-access/ (mostly in German)