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BOAI- The Budapest Open Access Initiative

In response to the growing demand to make research free and available to anyone with a computer and an internet connection, a diverse coalition has issued new guidelines that could usher in huge advances in the sciences, medicine, and health.

The recommendations were developed by leaders of the Open Access movement, which has worked for the past decade to provide the public with unrestricted, free access to scholarly research—much of which is publicly funded. Making the research publicly available to everyone—free of charge and without most copyright and licensing restrictions—will accelerate scientific research efforts and allow authors to reach a larger number of readers.

The recommendations are the result of a meeting organized by the Open Society Foundations to mark the tenth anniversary of Budapest Open Access Initiative, which first defined Open Access. The recommendations include the development of Open Access policies in institutions of higher education and in funding agencies, the open licensing of scholarly works, the development of infrastructure such as Open Access repositories and creating standards of professional conduct for Open Access publishing. The recommendations also establish a new goal of achieving Open Access as the default method for distributing new peer-reviewed research in every field and in every country within ten years’ time.

Translations of the recommendations have already been made in several languages, with more to follow.

For more on the recommendations, please see the press release as well as a blog post by Peter Suber which provides additional background on the Open Access movement.

Open Science: Sharing Your Research with the World

About this course

You can become a more visible, effective and impactful researcher by sharing your research data and publications openly. In this course, you will learn the objectives, main concepts, and benefits of Open Source principles along with practices for open data management and open data sharing.

You’ll learn to establish links between publications data and methods, how to attach a persistent identifier and metadata to your results, and methods for clarifying usage rights. You will also discover ways to apply these principles to your daily research and adapt existing routines. Finally, you’ll uncover potential barriers to sharing research and discuss possible solutions.

This course will help you grasp the key principles of Open Science, with answers to questions like:

  • How can researchers effectively store, manage, and share research data?
  • What kinds of open access publishing are most effective?
  • How can researchers increase the visibility and impact of their research?
  • How can the use of social media contribute to the visibility and impact of research?

You will apply the topics of the course to a variety of case studies on Open Science adoption, which you will then discuss among fellow students. You will also be presented with a hands-on guide to publishing your research with open access. This will help you to apply Open Science principles in your daily work. It will enable you to implement and benefit from the Open Science policies that are currently being developed by governments and research institutions.

This course is aimed at professionals. Those who will see the most benefit include academic researchers at different levels: PhD students, postdoctoral researchers, and professors; researchers working for governments; researchers working for commercial enterprises; MSc and BSc students interested to learn about the principles of Open Science.

ESAC Initiative

ESAC aggregates data and relevant facts for the open access market in general and a number of major publishers in particular in order to illustrate and better assess the development of the scholarly publishing market as it transitions to open access.

ESAC aims to provide context and share information with the broader community on the progress of transitional license models such as “Offsetting” and “Read & Publish,” to increase the understanding of their scope and transformative power. In particular, we collect and share information on the uptake of transformative agreements around world, their transformative mechanisms and cost allocation schemes, the impact achieved in terms of open access, and the relevant workflows.

The ESAC initiative was originally established in 2014 to keep up the discussion around the need to develop workflow efficiencies in the management of open access Article Processing Charges, following an international workshop in 2013 and organized by the Max Planck Digital Library in cooperation with the German Research Foundation (DFG), PLOS and Co-Action Publishing.

In November 2015, ESAC moved under the roof of the DFG funded project INTACT, together with OpenAPC and OAanalytics, with the aim of building infrastructure that would ensure the open access publishing market based on the APC-based business model would remain transparent and sustainable. While the INTACT project officially ended in October 2018, ESAC continues at the Max Planck Digital Library with the collaboration of an international network of partners and supporters.

An Ethical Framework for Library Publishing

Inspired by discussions at the 2017 Library Publishing Forum, the Framework was created by the members of the Ethical Framework for Library Publishing Task Force, with the assistance of many community members who served as peer reviewers and workshop participants, as well as the staff of the Educopia Institute. The Framework introduces library publishers to important ethical considerations in a variety of areas and provides concrete recommendations for ethical scholarly publishing.

The Institutionalized Racism of Scholarly Publishing

A blog post that pictures what blacklists often do, they over-represent minority populations and encourage widespread discrimination against these populations.

Open Access Journal Finder powered by Enago

The Enago Open Access Journal Finder enables you to find quality open access journals that are pre-vetted to protect you from predatory publishers. This free journal finder solves common issues on predatory journals, journal authenticity, and article processing fees by utilizing a validated journal index provided by the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ). Enago’s proprietary search algorithm helps you shortlist journals that are most relevant to your manuscript and research objectives, thus giving you the best chance of publication.

Think. Check. Attend.

Think. Check. Attend. is an initiative that aims to guide and assist researchers and scholars to judge the legitimacy and academic credentials of conferences in order to help them decide whether to or not attend the same. Nowadays, the scholarly community faces an increasing number of invitations to present at or attend conferences. Some of these are respectable, academic events, while others are misleading, exaggerated or even fake. Think. Check. Attend. provides guidelines that help researchers to differentiate between an authentic conference and the one they should avoid. In this initiative, we help scholars to recognise the characteristics of a trusted conference to attend and submit their abstracts through a number of steps and a check list. Simply follow these steps and you will rest assured that you attend only the most appropriate conferences.

COPE Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing

Research Integrity and Peer Review

Research Integrity and Peer Review is an international, open access, peer reviewed journal that encompasses all aspects of integrity in research publication, including peer review, study reporting, and research and publication ethics. Particular consideration is given to submissions that address current controversies and limitations in the field and offer potential solutions. We welcome research into peer review and editorial decision making, however reports of individual journal or publisher decisions or actions will not be considered.