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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.”

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.

Counting the Costs of Open Access in the UK

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.

SPARC Europe to host Open Humanities Roadshow in the UK

A series of events will take place across the UK during the autumn of 2014 to provide an opportunity for researchers to learn about new publishing channels in the humanities.

All researchers working in arts and humanities fields are invited to come along and meet their publisher colleagues in an informal tell-and-show session. You will be able to see what their publishing programmes cover and learn about the experiences of authors who have published in Open Access outlets.

For more information, see here.

Publishers’ Content-Mining Policies and What Libraries Can Do

This SPARC Europe Briefing Paper alerts the library community to the changes in publisher text-mining and data-mining policies, the potential issues surrounding them and how to respond to them.

Download it here: Publishers’ Content-Mining Policies, 2014

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