Aktuelles zu Open Access - Issue 8

Welcome to the eighth 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.

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  • APS journals to become part of SCOAP³
    From 2018, the American Physical Society will join the SCOAP³ initiative with its journals "Physical Review C", "Physical Review D" and "Physical Review Letters". High energy physics articles can then be published Open Access in these journals without costs being incurred by the authors. This means that over 90 per cent of journal publications on high energy physics will be freely accessible

  • Open Access legal repository developed
    With the launch of LawArXiv, the scholarly legal community now has a repository to make preprints and postprints freely accessible. The repository was developed by three law library consortia and the Cornell Law Library.

  • Initiative for Open Citations launched
    Despite playing an important role in academia, up until recently only one per cent of citation data was freely available. Thanks to the "Initiative for Open Citations" (I4OC), launched by a variety of organisations and scholarly publishers, this number has risen to 40 per cent. The unstructured raw data will be processed in order to allow easy analysis.
    https://blogs.tib.eu/wp/tib/2017/06/07/open-citations-zitationen-frei-verfuegbar-machen/ (in German)

  • Berlin Appeal for Open Science published
    In 2016, a group of young academics associated with the Open Science Fellows Program initiated by Wikimedia Deutschland and the Stifterverband published the "Berlin Appeal for Open Science", five points that should be implemented in policy and research to improve the basic conditions for Open Science and to promote the cultural transition towards more openness in science.

  • Applications for the Open Science Fellows Program now being accepted
    The Open Science Fellows Program promotes the growth of research and teaching in accordance with the principles of open science. After debuting in 2016, the second round of the programme is now underway. Up to 20 scholarships worth €5,000 each will be awarded in 2017. Incidentally, Dr. Ina Blümel, researcher at TIB’s Open Science Lab and administrative professor at Hannover University of Applied Sciences and Arts (HsH), will once again act in the capacity of mentor within the Fellows Program and will give early career researchers insights into her work. The closing date for applications is 4 August 2017.
    https://wikimedia.de/wiki/BildungWissenschaftKultur/Fellowprogramm (in German)

  • Study on Open Science in academic teaching released
    The Leibniz Research Alliance Science 2.0 has investigated how lecturers use Open Science methods in their university classes. Initial results were presented recently and show that lecturers select materials according to their relevance, their costs for students and their ease of access. 40 per cent of the lecturers interviewed in the study use Open Educational Resources (OER) in their courses.
    https://hochschulforumdigitalisierung.de/de/news/studie-open-science-higher-education (in German)

  • New call for Elsevier boycott
    With the slogan "No deal, no review", Finnish researchers have called on the academic community to abstain from editorial and reviewer duties for Elsevier journals as long as the publisher does not meet the demands for a fair pricing policy and Open Access, two main issues that have also been raised in the German DEAL negotiations between the German Rectors' Conference (HRK) and Elsevier.


*** Open Access at Leibniz Universität Hannover and TIB ***


  • Policy on the Handling of Research Data adopted at Leibniz Universität Hannover
    With the recommendation of the Senate, the Presidential Board of Leibniz Universität Hannover adopted a "Policy on the Handling of Research Data" in April 2017, which is in keeping with the guidelines of the Alliance of Science Organisations in Germany and the German Research Foundation (DFG). Among other things, the Policy recommends researchers to store and document research data and to make it freely available. Together with the Research Department of Leibniz Universität Hannover and the LUIS computing centre, the TIB will provide support to individual academics and institutes in implementing the policy.

  • Download statistics for the repository of Leibniz Universität Hannover made available
    Recently, download statistics have begun to be displayed for Leibniz Universität Hannover Institutional Repository. They show the number of downloads for any document and can be broken down by collection (e.g. publication series or faculty) and document as well as by year, month or day.

Previous 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)