Welcome to the April edition of the Open Research newsletter and many thanks for taking the time to check it out. We hope you are well during these challenging times.
The Open Access and Research Data Management teams of the University of Cambridge are working remotely and are available to assist the Cambridge research community with its open access and research data management needs. Please email us at email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org respectively.
Likewise, at the Cambridge University Library all our Departmental and Faculty Libraries are closed until further notice, but we are open to users online. A webpage with FAQs is available to update users about future developments.
UKRI: Guidance for the research and innovation communities
UKRI have launched a single web portal
for streamlined grant and innovation applications and guidance
for researchers currently holding UKRI standard grants that wish to repurpose their funds for COVID-19. An open letter
to the research and innovation community from Professor Sir Mark Walport, Chief Executive of UK Research and Innovation, highlights UKRI's key role in supporting research and innovation so that the UK can emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic as strongly as possible, and gives the latest updates on the progress made since his last message at the end of March.
cOAlition S publishes updated criteria for Transformative Journals
Earlier this month, cOAlition S announced
the updated criteria for Transformative Journals following a public consultation. Some of the changes include:
- A change to the threshold when a journal must flip to full Open Access from 50% of to 75% and removal of the commitment to flip by December 2024
- A reduction of the annual growth target for the proportion of content which must be published in Open Access from 8% to at least 5% in absolute terms and at least 15% in relative terms, year-on-year
- Simplification of the guidance and removal of all the “recommended additional criteria”
Following the above announcement, publisher Springer Nature
welcomed the decision on 8 April and committed to transition the vast majority of its Springer Nature-owned English language journals that are not already Open Access, including Nature
and the Nature Research journals, to become Transformative Journals subject to acceptability of certain requirements which are due to be published.
Cambridge Open Engage
At the beginning of April 2020, Cambridge University Press (CUP) officially launched Cambridge Open Engage
, an early and open content and collaboration platform. It is now open for direct submissions from researchers.
Developed in-house and in consultation with researchers, it is designed to provide researchers with the space and resources to connect and collaborate with their communities, and rapidly disseminate early research by publishing early and open research outputs. These include preprints, presentations, working papers, conference posters and grey literature. All content is open and free to the reader, and free for the author to upload.
Open Research Community launches, connecting experts worldwide
Earlier this month, the Open Research Community
(ORC), an interactive platform was launched, offering users worldwide the opportunity to expand their professional networks on the topics of Open Access (OA), Open Research and Open Science.
The platform makes selected content available free of charge and enables direct exchange between individuals and groups of users, and is an initiative of Knowledge Unlatched (KU). Its mission is to support the worldwide exchange of information on future-oriented research and OA publishing by bringing together libraries, publishers and researchers.
Scholarly publishers are working together to maximize the efficiency of peer review during COVID-19 pandemic
The group of publishers and scholarly communications organizations — initially comprising eLife, Hindawi
, PeerJ, PLOS, Royal Society, F1000 Research, FAIRsharing, Outbreak Science, and PREreview — is working on initiatives and standards to speed up the review process while ensuring rigor and reproducibility remain paramount. The group has issued an Open Letter of Intent
and is launching an initiative to ensure a rapid, efficient, yet responsible review of COVID-19 content. The initiative is asking for volunteer reviewers with suitable expertise relevant to COVID-19, from all career stages and disciplines, to add their names to a “rapid reviewer list“.
More Cambridge University Library resources available
Cambridge University Library continues to increase the resources it is making available for students, staff and visitors during the COVID-19 outbreak and has published a catalogue for its growing database of academic resources ranging from historical press archives to scholarly magazines on pop culture, from Early Modern printed books to specialist medical journals.
Open letter to government calling for changes to copyright law
Research Libraries UK (RLUK) have coordinated an open letter
to the Secretaries of State for Education and Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, calling for copyright rules to be relaxed to enable remote learning and research during the COVID-19 crisis. In particular the letter asks for the following:
- A statement from government that s171 (3) of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 can be used as a defence by public libraries, research organisations and educational establishments for as long as thecurrent crisis lasts.
- Emergency legislation or immediate soft-law initiatives to ensure that the infringing activities in normal circumstances are not actionable by rightsholders.
- Compulsory licensing and government compensation for rightsholders allowing whole items to be copied and accessed remotely.
Europe Must Take Urgent Copyright Law Action To Support Distance Learning & Research During the Coronavirus Pandemic
The Association of European Research Libraries (LIBER) calls on European commissioners, member state governments, publishers and authors to urgently help libraries, universities and other educational establishments, so that they can continue supplying researchers, teachers and students with access to books, archives and other instructional materials. With nearly all schools, libraries, and universities closed in Europe, institutions are scrambling to provide online research, teaching and learning. In a statement
issued on 9 April LIBER highlights the need for guidance, flexibility and immediate action to respond to such unprecedented times.
Higher Education licence terms relaxed during COVID-19 crisis
The Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA) announced that as of 9 April and following consultation with its members and educational publishers, they will be temporarily relaxing key terms of the Higher Education Licence until 30 June, or sooner if institutions re-open, to give academics, libraries and students increased access to learning resources during this difficult period. The Higher Education Licence Amendment Addendum
is available on their website
together with the list of partcipating publishers.
New resource for books added to Think. Check. Submit.
Think. Check. Submit. announced
a new addition to its resources, a checklist for authors wanting to verify the reliability and trustworthiness of a book or monograph publisher. The checklist for books
offers sound advice along the lines of the recommendations already offered by the journal checklist
RLUK Review 2019
Research Libraries UK (RLUK) has published its annual review
covering the 2019 calendar year. The review provides an overview of the work undertaken as part of their current strategic plan, Reshaping Scholarship,
and highlights areas such as digital scholarship, licensing and copyright, supporting open infrastructure, digital shift, the Special Collections Programme, and the RLUK Space Programme.
Blogs we've enjoyed
- How can you know whether or not a preprint has been recommended by a PCI? Peer Community In, 11 March
- Open Data can be advanced by the COVID-19 pandemic, but will still require a comprehensive approach Evgeny Bobrov, Elephant in the Lab, 30 March
- Creative Commons Interview with Dr. Lucie Guibault: What Scientists Should Know About Open Access Victoria Heath and Brigitte Vézina, infojustice.org, 31 March
- Toads, embryos, and the selfish benefit of good research data management Dr Marta Teperek, Jisc blog, 1 April
- Open Access in Near Time Martin Schmidt, Benedikt Fecher, Christian Kobsda, Elias Koch, Elephant in the Lab, 1 April
- Ensuring access to key digital resources for teaching, learning and research Siobhán Burke, Jisc blog, 1 April
- Clearing the final hurdle – automating embargo setting, Unlocking Research blog, Arthur Smith, 3 April
- Between fast science and fake news: Preprint servers are political Maximilian Heimstädt, LSE Impact blog, 3 April
- Academic Libraries at a Pivotal Moment Roger C. Schonfeld, Christine Wolff-Eisenberg, The Scholarly Kitchen, 6 April
- An interview with Dr Rose Harris-Birtill from the Open Library of Humanities Interviewee Dr Rose Harris-Birtill, University of Groningen Library Open Science Blog, 6 April
- With Shareyourpaper.org it’s easy to make your paper Open Access, for free! openaccessbutton blog, 7 April
- Seeking Sustainability: Publishing Models for an Open Access Age Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe, The Scholarly Kitchen, 7 April
- Open Access Heatmap 2020 Ulrich Herb, ./scidecode website, 9 April
- Improving open access and discovery during the pandemic Bethan Ruddock, Jisc blog, 9 April
- DORA’s first funder discussion: updates from Swiss National Science Foundation, Wellcome Trust, and the Dutch Research Council DORA blog, 14 April
- COPIM Publishers Workshop – March 2020 – Report Elli Gerakopoulou and Dan Rudmann, COPIM website, 15 April
- Copyright, Creative Commons, and Confusion Robert Harington, The Scholarly Kitchen, 20 April
- Publisher Collections of coronavirus research highlighted on ScienceOpen ScienceOpen blog, Stephanie Dawson, 21 April
- CORE update for January to March 2020 CORE website, 23 April
- Chinese state censorship of COVID-19 research represents a looming crisis for academic publishers George Cooper, LSE Impact blog, 24 April
- 2020 the year of open data? Research Information webasite, Issue: April/May 2020
- Open Data Institute 2020 Report - Becoming more open: the view from four European cities. Lead authors Ben Snaith and Renate Samson with contributions from Jack Hardinges and Leigh Dodds, April 2020.
- Federer L, Foster ED, Glusker A, Henderson M, Read K, Zhao S. The Medical Library Association Data Services Competency: a framework for data science and open science skills development. J Med Libr Assoc. 2020;108(2):304–309. doi:10.5195/jmla.2020.909
- Shearer, Kathleen, Chan, Leslie, Kuchma, Iryna, & Mounier, Pierre. (2020, April 15). Fostering Bibliodiversity in Scholarly Communications: A Call for Action. Zenodo. http://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.3752923
- Solle, D. Be FAIR to your data. Anal Bioanal Chem (2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00216-020-02526-7
- Gowen, E. and Meier, J.J., 2020. Research Data Management Services and Strategic Planning in Libraries Today: A Longitudinal Study. Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication, 8(1), p.eP2336. DOI: http://doi.org/10.7710/2162-3309.2336
- Olsson, Lisa, Camilla Hertil Lindelöw, Lovisa Österlund, and Frida Jakobsson. 2020. “Cancelling with the World’s Largest Scholarly Publisher: Lessons from the Swedish Experience of Having No Access to Elsevier”. Insights 33 (1): 13. DOI: http://doi.org/10.1629/uksg.507
Research Skills Programme brought to you by Cambridge University Libraries
The Office of Scholarly Communication (OSC) in collaboration with several libraries across the University has created an online course on research skills for the students, researchers and staff of the University of Cambridge with particular relevance for PhDs and postdocs. Modules are being released each week, covering:
- Publishing academic monographs
- Copyright and licenses
- Research Data Management
- Searching the literature
- Building your online profile
In addition, a virtual drop-in offers researchers the opportunity to ask questions in person.
These online courses are open to everyone. Enjoy learning!
Cambridge Digital Humanities (CDH)
Distance and Depth, Computers and Close Reading
On 27 May, CDH will hold an online event with Martin Paul Eve, Professor of Literature, Technology and Publishing at Birkbeck, University of London and author of 'Close Reading with Computers'. Discussants will include Ryan Hauser (Post-Doctoral Fellow at Kings College, Cambridge) and Caroline Bassett (CDH Director). If you are interested in attending please email the organiser.
CDH Easter term online training
– Introduction to Text-mining with Python
– Handwritten Text Recognition: an introduction to Transkribus
– Introduction to Computer Vision for Humanities
– Machine Reading the Archive: end-of-programme workshop
– Game Design Workshop
– Mapping the Past: Introduction and Advanced
More information will be updated on the CDH website as soon as available.