• How to make open science work | Science|Business
  •  How to make open science work | Science|Business

    Posted on July 31, 2020 by

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    “As open science gains momentum, universities must maintain their academic independence by arming themselves against possible takeover of critical infrastructure, research information and data by private parties.

    If universities simply make their data generally available to everyone without any conditions, commercial entities could collect that data, enrich it and build services around the data, and then make universities pay to use those services.

    We subscribe to the idea that collaboration and transparency advance science. We also believe that the results of publicly funded research should be generally available. That goes for research data too. But legal issues and sovereignty issues prevent universities from sharing their data unconditionally….”

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    Open Access, Open Science, and Coronavirus: Mega trends with historical proportions – Jamali – 2020 – Business Ethics: A European Review – Wiley Online Library

    Posted on July 26, 2020 by

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    “There have been an impressive number of immediate natural science initiatives in response to COVID‐19. For example, COVID‐19‐related Open Access data repositories have been created (Xu et al., 2020), modeling those established for research into the human genome (Yozwiak, Schaffner, & Sabeti, 2015); real‐time data visualization tools are provided by various actors (e.g., John Hopkins University, 2020; Roser, Ritchie, & Ortiz‐Ospina, 2020; WHO, 2020); and Nature has established an “Open Peer Review platform” (Johansson & Saderi, 2020). Closer to (our disciplinary) home, noteworthy initiatives include the “COVID‐19 Insights” series operated by a number of business sustainability networks (e.g., GRONEN, 2020) or the Academy of Management Learning & Education COVID‐19 “Call for Questions” proposal (AMLE, 2020).

    All of these initiatives have in common that they aim to make research more inclusive and more immediately available, and thus blend into more general developments that have been labeled as Open Access and Open Science. While Open Access refers to the free availability of research outputs, typically in digital format, Open Science goes beyond that in calling for public accessibility of research data and more generally a collaborative research process (OECD, 2015). Ultimately, Open Access and Open Science are complementary ways of confronting the contemporary for‐profit publishing model as we know it (Hiltzik, 2020)….

    Open Science can help accelerating the pace of knowledge generation based on the fact that datasets are publicly and readily available for fellow researchers. There is also a quality dimension to Open Science, as a more transparent handling of datasets pushes professionalism and seeks to ensure the implementation of scientific norms that are otherwise difficult to check in the social sciences….”

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    Bourguignon back at the European Research Council, and ready to ‘jump into budget battle’ | Science|Business

    Posted on July 25, 2020 by

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    “Bourguignon was ERC president from January 2014 until December 2019. His successor was nanobiologist Mauro Ferrari, whose tenure lasted for three months before a very noisy departure.

    The sense around the ERC in recent months was of a ship beginning to drift without a captain. Only yesterday, the former EU director general for research and innovation, Robert-Jan Smits, criticised the agency for a lack of “strategic leadership”.

    It has been a hard, unpredictable year for the agency, which had to face down criticism from Ferrari for its handling of the COVID-19 crisis, but also, in the past week, from advocates of open access to scientific research papers, who were dismayed at the agency for pulling its support for an open access initiative….” Continue reading

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    European Research Council’s rejection of open access scheme ‘a slap in the face’, says Plan S architect | Science|Business

    Posted on July 23, 2020 by

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    “The decision by the governing body of the European Research Council (ERC) to pull support for the radical open access initiative Plan S, is a “slap in the face” to all those who support the scheme, said its creator.

    Robert-Jan Smits, the European Commission’s former director general for research and innovation, and also one of the founding fathers of the ERC, said the COVID-19 crisis “has shown the importance of making the results of publicly funded research immediately available” and not locked behind expensive paywalls with embargo periods….” Continue reading →

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    European Research Council pulls support for radical open access plan | Science|Business

    Posted on July 23, 2020 by

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    “Dramatic U-turn by Europe’s premier research agency casts doubt on feasibility of scheme to make scientific papers free to read as soon as they are published….The governing body of the European Research Council (ERC) has dealt a severe blow to radical open access initiative Plan S, announcing it is withdrawing support for the scheme….”

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    Gold Open Access, Organizational and Discipline-Specific Barriers to its Adoption and Business Model Viability | Open Research Community

    Posted on July 7, 2020 by

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    “Thus, transformative Gold Open Access agreements do not necessarily produce win-win results for publishers and universities, since they likely demand capital investment, protracted inter-organizational negotiations, and expertise-related costs. This i… Continue reading →

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    Redux Online – Open Access business models for books and journals

    Posted on June 24, 2020 by

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    “When it comes to a healthy OA publishing ecosystem, diversity in business models may be key. To avoid a mere shift from reader pays to author pays system, publishers are exploring new models to make OA content sustainable on both the books and journal…

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    On the overhead of ‘business models’ | Martin Paul Eve | Professor of Literature, Technology and Publishing

    Posted on May 31, 2020 by

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    “All of this is to say that running a business model is expensive in terms of time and money. There is a point at which it is cheaper to sink the volunteer labour and not to bother investing in revenue generation that may be more appropriate for small organizations. Once you start taking money, you need to set aside a portion of that income just to sustain the revenue-generating activities, rather than using the revenue to perform the original publishing activities that you wanted to do.” Continue reading →

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