To this end, a network of project partners has come together who bring with them comprehensive and diverse expertise in the provision of information, the development of skills and the networking of Open Access and who have been very active contributors to the Open Access community for many years. The joint project is managed by the Communication, Information, Media Centre (KIM) at the University of Konstanz. Project partners are the Open Access Office Berlin at Freie Universität Berlin, the Helmholtz Open Science Office at Helmholtz-Zentrum Potsdam - Deutsches Geoforschungszentrum, the German National Library of Science and Technology (TIB) in Hannover, and the libraries of the universities of Bielefeld and Göttingen.
Information, competence transfer and networking
The three central objectives of the project are the provision of information, transfer of skills and networking of the existing community. Over the next three years, the project partners intend to create a new platform that will provide information on key topics with many new services such as a forum, helpdesk, moderated focus groups and new databases. With the help of bar camps, thematically focused workshops, regional networks, train-the-trainer boot camps and webinars or online workshops, the Open Access community and actors from science will be networked. The new platform will build on the existing information platform open-access.net and develop it further.
The BMBF is funding the project within the framework of the "Richtlinie zur Förderung einer Kompetenz- und Vernetzungsplattform im Bereich Open Access“ (Guidelines for the Promotion of a Competence and Networking Platform in the Field of Open Access) until the end of November 2022.
Project manager and contact: Dr Anja Oberländer, Communication, Information, Media Centre of the University of Konstanz, info(at)open-access.network
Episode 1: Let's talk openly ... on publishing in the academic world
"Mai Thi Nguyen-Kim says: Science and research is nothing private, but for society as a whole! At the start of our mini-series, the doctorate chemist and well-known YouTuber gives a personal insight into publishing in the scientific community and talks about the pressure to publish, failed experiments, high impact and the long road to publication."
Further information - also on the further episodes - can be found on the website: https://www.bildung-forschung.digital/de/open-access---der-podcast-zum-thema-2761.html]]>
More information can be found at bildung-forschung.digital/open-access (available only in German).
The special element of the Springer-DEAL agreement is the Publish & Read Fee (PAR fee) of 2,750 € per article. This fee covers both reading access to the entire portfolio of subscription journals and Open Access publication in these journals, for which an author-oriented publication fee was previously charged. The institutions will therefore pay a fee for reading and OA publishing by their members.
For publications in Springer Nature's Gold Open Access journals, the publication fee will still be due. Springer grants participating institutions a discount of 20% on the list prices with an annual price increase of a maximum of 3.5% on these fees. Springer grants a discount of 75% for the purchase of journals in print.
A final contract is to follow in the fall of 2019 and initially apply for three years from 2020.
Further information on the key points of the Memorandum of Understanding can be found on the website of Projekt DEAL.]]>
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. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.2581783
Press release issued by the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam (available only in German)