Informationsplattform Open Access | RSS-Feedhttp://example.comLetzte Newsen-gbTYPO3 NewsTue, 20 Aug 2019 23:46:03 +0200Tue, 20 Aug 2019 23:46:03 +0200TYPO3 EXT:newsnews-925Mon, 12 Aug 2019 13:54:44 +0200State of Brandenburg presents Open Access Strategy University of Applied Sciences Potsdam and the Ministry of Science, Research and Cultural Affairs (MWFK) of the state of Brandenburg developed the strategy in a participatory process.

With its Open Access Strategy, which has just been published, the state of Brandenburg has created the basis for the promotion of open access publications in order to facilitate global and cost-free access to and the usability of publicly funded scholarly publications.

The “Open Access Strategy of the State of Brandenburg” will create prospects for the unrestricted flow of digital information – both within science and research and into all economic and social sectors. It will ensure free access to scientific contributions in publicly supported and funded scientific institutions.

Measures for more open access in Brandenburg

Under the leadership of Professor Ellen Euler (University of Applied Sciences Potsdam), the strategy was drawn up in a participatory process with a broad network and the MWFK. Numerous experts from the political, science, research, cultural, and civil society sectors were involved in the development process in order to take into account the needs of all these sectors.

The state government itself will support open access by developing a Networking and Competence Centre (Vernetzungs- und Kompetenzstelle, VuK) that will advise and accompany scientists and institutions. Moreover, a Central Open Access Publication Fund will be established, which will cover publication costs especially for monographs and edited volumes.

In addition, in order to promote the visibility of open access from Brandenburg, the MWFK plans to launch an ‘Open Access Best Practice Prize’. The success of the Open Access Strategy will be made visible by developing a monitoring system that will cover all protagonists. In this way, it is aimed to continuously increase the share of open access publications in all scientific publications from Brandenburg.

Euler, Ellen. (2019, August 8). Open-Access-Strategie des Landes Brandenburg [Open Access Strategy of the State of Brandenburg] (Version 1.0). Zenodo.

Press release issued by the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam (available only in German)


news-921Fri, 12 Jul 2019 14:44:18 +0200New guide on legal issues in Open Science published question of legal issues is central to the opening of science. Many scientists, open access officers, and other persons who deal with this question encounter uncertainties where the publication of texts, images, or research data is concerned. Rechtsfragen bei Open Science: Ein Leitfaden (Legal Issues in Open Science: A Guide), which is written by Till Kreutzer and Henning Lahmann of the law firm iRights.Law and the think tank iRights.Lab, provides an overview of legal frameworks and frequently asked legal questions related to Open Science.

news-838Tue, 18 Jun 2019 11:32:50 +0200Swiss researchers analyse blacklists of predatory and whitelists of legitimate open access journals researchers, it is not always easy to tell the difference between predatory and legitimate scholarly journals. So-called “blacklists” and “whitelists” that show what journals are predatory and what journals are legitimate are widely used as a guide by the research community. Researchers from the Swiss National Science Foundation analysed the quality of these lists and compared them in terms of their inclusion criteria and the indexed publishers and scholarly journals. This was the first analysis and comparison of its kind.

The results of the study, which was published in mBio, show that the various lists differ considerably in terms of their inclusion criteria. Overall, the lists appear to give priority to easily verifiable dimensions of quality rather than to the quality of peer review. Moreover, the results show that there is an overlap of journals and publishers between blacklists and whitelists. This is an indication that some journals and publishers are misclassified and that others are operating in a grey zone between fraud and legitimacy.

The study shows that the blacklists and whitelists examined are helpful to inform researchers about journals that are probably fraudulent or probably legitimate. Because the lists emphasize easily verifiable criteria, and because they are static and can never be one hundred percent up to date, further sources should always be consulted in order to check the legitimacy of a scholarly journal (Strinzel et al. 2019).

Strinzel M, Severin A, Milzow K, Egger M. 2019. Blacklists and whitelists to tackle predatory publishing: a cross-sectional comparison and thematic analysis. mBio 10:e00411-19.

news-837Mon, 17 Jun 2019 11:29:41 +0200Spanish National Research Council adopts open access mandate Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), the largest public institution dedicated to research in Spain, has adopted an open access mandate that promotes the green road to open access. The mandate requests CSIC researchers to make the full text of published articles, books, book chapters, and conference communications available in open access in CSIC’s repository DIGITAL.CSIC; to deposit the corresponding metadata in DIGITAL.CSIC; to deposit the metadata of datasets associated with the publications in DIGITAL.CSIC; and to make these datasets available in open access in DIGITAL.CSIC insofar as this is possible. CSIC is attached to the Spanish Ministry of Education and Science and is the third-largest research institution in Europe.

news-835Wed, 12 Jun 2019 09:56:19 +0200Theme of 2019 International Open Access Week: Open for Whom? theme of International Open Access Week 2019 has been announced. It reads: “Open for Whom? Equity in Open Knowledge”. With this theme, Open Access Week will focus on the question of whether open science practices reduce or reinforce inequities in the science system. Open Access Week will take place from 21 to 27 October 2019 at all participating institutions worldwide. Interested institutions can use Open Access Week as an occasion to direct attention to the topic of open access at their own institution.