SPARC Europe has developed a tool to help you visualise how open you are in the way you manage and disseminate your research and teaching output. This includes various forms of scientific publications from monographs to journals or reports; data and Open Education Resources.
What policies or strategies do you have in place to support your Open Science openness efforts?
Create your institution’s visualisation on openness in a radar graph by clicking on this link.
In 2010, Southampton University published a study http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/268516/ listing references that pointed to evidence that OA had a positive influence on publication citations.
SPARC Europe has updated this literature review to support those advocating the importance of OA to its researchers, research administrators and senior managers.
See the new Open Access Citation Advantage service here: http://www.sparceurope.org/oaca
SPARC Europe members voted this autumn for two new Board Members to join the international team. This resulted in Dutch and Danish scholarly communication representatives helping SPARC Europe to make headway in the coming years. Hear what they have to say about scholarly communications here:
Anja Smit is Head Librarian at Utrecht University Library
“In my library (Utrecht University Library) our new mission statement includes: “We work continuously to improve the system of scholarly communication [...]“. By advocating for OA, advising scholars and implementing OA solutions, we believe we help the model of scholarly communication become more effective. And in an environment where governments and academe increasingly support OA, libraries can take the next step. Although different countries move at a different pace towards OA, it is crucial that advocacy for the transition to OA is taken on internationally. Universities, research councils, policy makers and politicians and so on play an increasingly important role on the European level. At the same time, when so many new players enter this OA-field, support from libraries is much needed. I believe SPARC Europe can inform, support and accelerate the processes currently going on in Europe regarding the support for OA.”
Søren Bertil F. Dorch is President of the Danish Research Library Association
“Responsible and efficient research essentially relies on the openness and sustainability of the various modes of scholarly communication employed across the disciplines of science and research. Openness is king to Open Science ideas such as those supported by SPARC Europe.
A true state of Open Science requires two things: Not only a substantial degree of Open Access to scholarly publications, but openness in all scholarly transactions where permitted by law and when fitting in with the discipline¹s methodology. For example, this includes transparency in Data Management i.e. through open research data management plans, Open Access to data publications and research data, as well as efficient access to the peer review process and to the validation of both scholarly publications and data.
Guidelines on responsible research conduct suggest improvements in access and openness both when it comes to scholarly publishing, research data management, and author’s rights and means. It is therefore my view that the development of openness in Europe¹s scholarly communication landscape is deeply related to supporting research integrity and responsible research conduct.”
SPARC Europe and London Higher, an organisation of universities in London, have jointly commissioned a study by Research Consulting into the overhead costs to universities of complying with the RCUK Open Access policy.
RCUK’s policy ‘prefers’ Gold OA and RCUK has awarded block grants to universities to pay for article processing charges (APCs) levied by journals. The study has not been concerned with these APCs, but rather with the costs within institutions of actually acting upon and managing the policy.
Costs fall in various places within a university and these places can vary between institutions depending on how each university has arranged the systems to manage the block grant. By drawing on data provided by a set of UK universities, the study has derived data on the level of these costs.
While this is a UK-based study the data will also be of interest to universities and policymakers outside the UK.
For the study “Counting the Costs of Open Access”, see here.
So far most OA-policies and mandates have a preference for green OA. Three well-known organisations have recently updated their OA-policies and mandates and now emphasize and/or facilitate Gold OA for slightly different reasons. For more, see here.