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Stanford University Press Digital Publishing Initiative receives $1.15 million to implement phase 2 of the program
- 10 Jul 2019

A proposal to continue the development of a digital publishing initiative at Stanford University has been awarded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Modeling how humanistic and social science research is presented and disseminated online, the Stanford University Press initiative is rethinking scholarly communication for the digital age.

The Stanford University Press program of Interactive Scholarly Works (ISWs) is recognised in the academic publishing world as a frontrunner in digital publishing, setting standards of composition, peer review, production, marketing, archiving, and preservation. Phase 1 of this program, also funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, published four interactive scholarly works, with this first batch of publications released via supDigital.org. During this initial phase, Stanford University Press considered dozens of submissions, conducted peer review on a carefully selected group, and proceeded to develop and produce these projects to the highest standards.

With Phase 2 funding, Stanford University Press will continue to build its program of ISWs, accelerating its reach and solidifying its brand. These efforts will result in a total of twenty publications released over the next three years, constituting a broad and diverse corpus that provides publishers, authors and institutions with concrete examples of how this new form of scholarly communication can be adopted as part of the academic considerations and evaluations of 21st-century research. The Phase 2 grant also includes a sub-award for a partnership with Rhizome, whose Webrecorder tool is already being implemented by the Press in its archiving efforts. Preservation and persistence continue to be crucial for ensuring ISWs endure within the scholarly record.

The impact of the new digital channel for publication is already being experienced. With several projects already slated for publication over the next three years and the team set to continue its guidance of scholars and fellow publishers and preservationists, Stanford University Press is positioned to have a lasting impact on the future of scholarly communication.

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DOAJ reaches its funding target to cover operational costs
- 20 May 2019

The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) has reached its funding target to cover its operational costs as outlined in its SCOSS application. Eight consortia and 175 institutions/organisations from 18 different countries have committed support to DOAJ.

There are organisations that have already made the decision to help fund DOAJ, but are still deliberating over the details of their financial commitment. Though the funding goal has now been met, these organisations may still commit financial support. Furthermore, the SCOSS Board has allowed DOAJ to present a new work package, both to these organisations and any additional organisations that come forward in 2019. The package describes additional activities that DOAJ would like to pursue with the extra funding, should it be granted.

The Board has supported the second work package on the conditions that DOAJ reports on progress made in a progress report on the activities delineated in the SCOSS application form, and that DOAJ describes the new work package in detail and includes a budget for the amount of funding needed.

SCOSS endorses this plan through the end of 2019.

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The MIT Press announces creation of MIT Press Fund for Diverse Voices
- 13 May 2019

The MIT Press has announced the creation of the MIT Press Fund for Diverse Voices. This fund will provide monetary support to acquire or develop book projects by and about women and other underrepresented groups in the STEM fields.

The first books published with support from the Fund for Diverse Voices will be a revised and an updated edition of Women in Mathematics by Lynn Osen, and Carbon Queen: The Remarkable Life of Nanoscience Pioneer Mildred Dresselhaus by Maia Weinstock.

The Fund for Diverse Voices is part of the Press's ongoing commitment to improving diversity in academic and STEM publishing. The Diversity and Inclusion Working Group recently received an MIT Excellence Award for its efforts to create programming and raise awareness of workplace diversity issues and participated in the University Press Diversity Fellowship Program, a pipeline program designed to diversify academic publishing by offering apprenticeships in acquisitions departments.

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Applications for CARL Research in Librarianship Grant called for
- 10 May 2019

The Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) is now accepting applications from established and newly appointed librarians working in a CARL member library.

When merited, up to $4,000 is awarded annually to one or more of the applicants, to help achieve the following objectives: to support librarians conducting research in academic librarianship with the intent to publish the results; and to promote research in the field of academic librarianship by and/or about Canadians.

The CARL Research in Librarianship Grant is intended to support projects involving structured, evidence-based research, which propose answers to real-world issues.

The submission deadline for proposals is due by August 15, 2019.

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Open Science essential for new Horizon Europe funding programme
- 10 May 2019

SPARC Europe is satisfied with the endorsement, on April 17, by the European Parliament (EP) of the Political Partial Agreement on Horizon Europe, the next research and innovation framework programme. Back in March 2019, the EP and Council of the European Union had reached a provisional agreement as part of the trilogue process. That agreement was approved by the Council on April 15. With that vote, European legislators demonstrated that they stand "behind the idea to keep the EU at the forefront of global research and innovation," said Carlos Moedas, Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, in an online statement. This agreement sends a strong signal about the importance of science and innovation for the future of Europe and shows Europe's potential to lead in the promotion of Open Science and Open Access policies.

The Framework Programme on Horizon Europe (FP9) is a 100 billion funding programme initially presented in June 2018 by the European Commission to support research and innovation, replacing Horizon 2020. Planned to run from 2021 to 2027, it aims to reinforce Europe's competitive position in the global landscape of research and innovation in areas including climate research, security, healthcare and other sectors. It is to play a key complementary role to national research funding and demonstrate the value that European cooperation can create.

As the result of the unremitting efforts of SPARC Europe -together with EUA, LIBER, and IFLA and representing university, library, research and cultural heritage communities- the EP agreed to adopt the principle of "fostering open science and ensuring visibility to the public and open access to scientific publications and research data, including appropriate exceptions," as stated in Article 2(h). Likewise, Annex I of the Programme states that: "Horizon Europe will provide dedicated support for open access to scientific publications, to knowledge repositories and other data sources."

This agreement is good news for researchers, practitioners, SMEs, industry and wider society, and paves the way to making Open Science the modus operandi of Horizon Europe. SPARC Europe is convinced that Open Science principles can increase the impact of European research, promote collaboration and innovation, and lead to higher returns on investments for Horizon Europe.

SPARC Europe welcomes the European Commission, European Parliament and European Council's commitment to Open Science in the final text of the Programme and Regulation of Horizon Europe. In the first instance, the HE Programme's overall objective states "fostering open science and ensuring visibility to the public and open access to scientific publications and research data, including appropriate exceptions."

SPARC Europe applaud the Regulation's general requirement to make Horizon Europe's research results (both articles and data) Open Access, and that it promotes and encourages other open science practices to ensure increased access to publicly funded work. The regulation goes further to state "The work programme may provide for additional incentives or obligations to adhere to open science practices" which clearly underlines the importance of Open Science to Horizon Europe. The Programme also lists a range of reward and recognition mechanisms for researchers to spur actions for "promoting the adoption of open science practices, responsible R&I". This will help change the current cultural practice of communicating research and adopting open science practices.

The Regulation also calls on other third countries or funders related to the programme to promote and encourage open science.

In summary, Horizon Europe's commitment to Open Science and Open Access consistently and throughout its Programme and Regulation, demonstrates Europe's leadership in Open Science by Europe's largest public funder and thereby makes a vital contribution towards changing European practice in scholarly communication.

Although the agreement is a positive achievement, the budgetary aspects and some related horizontal provisions such as the international association of the Horizon Europe programme (including participation of non-EU countries, e.g. possibly post-Brexit UK) are outstanding. Funding for Horizon Europe is thus subject to the overall agreement on the EU's next long-term budget (2021-2027), proposed by the Commission in May 2018. While the agreement allows the Commission to start preparing for the programme's launch, the final legislation will only be adopted once the EU 2021-2027 budget is agreed by the EP, after the elections in May 2019. The EP's Legal Affairs Committee (JURI) will also have to vote on the relationship of Horizon Europe with EU treaties.

SPARC Europe looks forward to continuing to promote the principles of Open Access and Open Science in the lead-up to Horizon Europe's official start in 2021. SPARC Europe will make use of opportunities to ensure that these principles become standard practice in Europe's research and innovation sector.

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