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IET launches three OA journals to its Energy, Manufacturing and Cognitive Systems collection
- 18 Sep 2018

The Institution of Engineering and Technology's (IET) Open Programme has added three fully Gold Open Access journals to its collection spanning the subjects of Energy, Manufacturing and Cognitive Systems.

Showcasing the best of engineering science, Gold Open Access allows researchers to publish their most innovative and novel work in the knowledge that it will be accessible to anyone wishing to read it, cite it and re-use it.

Full journal scope, Editorial Board members and special issue topics for each of the new IET Open Access Journals, can be found on the journal web pages: IET Collaborative Intelligent Manufacturing; IET Energy Systems Integration; Cognitive Computation and Systems (CCS).

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The Optical Society launches first issue of its new gold OA journal, OSA Continuum
- 13 Sep 2018

The Optical Society (OSA) has published the first issue of its newest peer-reviewed, Gold Open-Access journal, OSA Continuum.

OSA Continuum joins OSA's diverse portfolio of 17 peer-reviewed journals and provides a home for work that meets OSA's high standards for technical accuracy, scientific rigour and presentation quality, without judgment of novelty or impact. Editor-in-Chief Takashige Omatsu of Chiba University in Japan leads the editorial board, comprised of outstanding researchers from around the world who are active in their field.

As part of its editorial mission, OSA Continuum offers the ability to publish negative results and reproducibility studies as well as a transparent peer review option - all firsts for OSA. Authors and reviewers who are interested in the transparent peer review option must all agree to publish their peer review correspondence along with the final article. The peer review correspondence includes editorial decision letters with reviewer comments and author responses. Reviewer names will remain anonymous. The first issue of OSA Continuum provides an example of the transparent peer review option.

The premier issue OSA Continuum covers topics such as digital holography, surface plasmon waves, penhole lens imaging, scattering, and metamaterials. The following papers represent some of the research highlights from this issue and can be accessed online in the OSA Publishing platform.

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Frontiers and King's College London form OA publishing agreement
- 07 Sep 2018

King's College London (KCL) has established an institutional agreement for open access publishing with Frontiers.

King's College London supports its researchers in making their research more widely available. As part of this support, King's Library Services has entered into an institutional agreement with Frontiers. Under the terms of this agreement, eligible authors from King's may publish in any Frontiers journal at no cost and with a simplified process.

Eligible authors will benefit from streamlined submission and invoicing processes, managed directly between Frontiers and the Open Access team at King's Library Services, relieving authors of the responsibility of payment. Furthermore, King's will benefit from an additional discount on Article Processing Charges (APCs) for articles covered by this agreement.

This agreement will further encourage King's authors to publish open access, increasing uptake of open access to the results of mostly publicly funded research, to the benefit of the scholarly community and the public at large, while reducing costs.

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SPARC Europe supports new funder-driven mandate on researchers to publish OA
- 07 Sep 2018

A new initiative aimed at greatly accelerating the migration to a fully Open Access research environment in Europe was recently announced: Plan S. Backed by 11 national funding organisations joined together in the guise of cOAlition S, and with the support of the European Commission and the European Research Council, the Plan aims to see all research funded by participating funding organisations being published via OA compliant journals or platforms by 2020.

SPARC Europe supports cOAlition S and Plan S, and is working on ways to aid their success.

The foundational document, Plan S, was jointly developed by Science Europe, a group of heads of national research funding organisations, and Robert-Jan Smits, Senior Advisor on Open Access within the European Political Strategy Centre at the European Commission (EC) with input from the European Research Council. The Plan is defined by 'one target and 10 principles'; with the core target centring on the goal of making all research being funded by coalition members, fully Open by 2020, and the 10 principles drilling into some of the specifics of the mandate - from author rights to publication fees to the role of open archives and repositories.

Specifically, the intent of Plan S is to accelerate efforts aimed at modernising the way research is both published and paid for. At the same time, the Plan recognises the importance of supportive infrastructure while also encouraging Open Access policy alignment to strengthen regional, national and international-level efforts to advance OA.

This move by funders is a recognition of their responsibility to not only fund the research itself, but to also ensure that it has the greatest possible impact; this involves a duty of care to the academic research system as a whole - and encompasses the details of research dissemination as well as the need to ensure the smart and fair use of public funds. A likely result among researchers will be a higher degree of engagement on issues including where they publish and why they are locking their work behind paywalls.

While at present, 11 national funding organisations from across Europe have signed on to cOAlition S; the expectation is that this number will continue to grow.

The plan and its preamble specifically mentions using the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA) as a starting point to discover how research may be assessed in new and different ways.

While SPARC Europe thoroughly welcomes this new mandate by funders, a number of challenges remain if they are to see the 2020 goal met, primarily the multiple, varied details related to implementation. However, these are challenges many in the community, including SPARC Europe, are already committing to meet.

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MDPI and Qatar National Library establish OA agreement
- 31 Aug 2018

Academic open-access publisher Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI) has established an Open Access (OA) agreement with Qatar National Library (QNL). QNL is committed to supporting and helping Qatar authors publish OA at no cost. Through this national agreement, QNL will cover the Article Processing Charges (APC) of manuscripts published by Qatar-based corresponding authors in MDPI journals.

Eligible corresponding authors affiliated with Qatar research centers and universities are prompted to choose QNL as part of the Institutional Open Access Program (IOAP) when they submit an article via MDPI's online submission system. The program will be selected automatically if authors submit their papers using their institutional email and/or a computer registered with the institution's IP range. QNL will then crosscheck the information and confirm the APC funding.

Qatar authors that have their APC covered by QNL are advised to include the following sentence in their acknowledgments: 'The publication of this article was funded by Qatar National Library'.

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