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Pangaea

While working on the SPARC Europe Workshop “How to make your work Open Access” I found out about Pangaea, the Data Publisher for Earth & Environmental Sciences. Read More…

7 institutional benefits to implementing an Open Access policy

SPARC Europe has brought together 7 short arguments that can support you and your library when discussing introducing an Open Access Policy with your institutional management.
Pin-point the priorities and concerns of your stakeholder and then select the benefits that hold up for them.

  • Download the 7 pointers here.
  • 3 OA-policies recently updated to emphasize or facilitate Gold Open Access

    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.

    Welcoming 2 new Board Members to SPARC Europe

    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:

    UB-AS-15_resizedAnja 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.”

    Syddansk UniversitetsbibliotekSøren 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.”

    15 principles of transparency for scholarly publishing

    COPE, OASPA, WAME and DOAJ have collaborated in an effort to identify principles of transparency and best practice that set apart legitimate journals and publishers from non-legitimate ones. The organisations have developed a set of 15 transparency principles based on good practice worldwide. Abiding by such principles will help better ensure and promote the growth of a strong scholarly communication market providing dependable choices to our authors.

    You are invited to review these principles and feed back your comments to further strengthen the proposal on the OASPA site her: http://oaspa.org/principles-of-transparency-and-best-practice-in-scholarly-publishing

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