The Open Scholarship Initiative
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Abstract The mechanisms used for scholarly publishing have remained largely unchanged over time, even as we’ve moved from a print-based world to a digital world. The scholarly communication ecosystem, however, is now undergoing a period of rapid transformation, including the introduction of new actors, new services, and increased pressure to improve the means of scholarly...
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The Scholarly Kitchen chefs recently took time to reflect on OSI2016. What were their overall perceptions? What was accomplished? Who or what was missing? Writes Alison Mudditt, “We, like pretty much all of the delegates, approached this meeting with some degree of trepidation and uncertainly about goals and process, but ended up pleasantly surprised. As...
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There are more than 34,000 scientific, medical and technical peer-reviewed scholarly journals in the world. They publish nearly 2.5 million articles a year — about an article every 13 seconds. In a field of more than seven million researchers, how is anyone supposed to stay up-to-date? And for publishers, how do they know which manuscripts will capture readers’...
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What if more is bad? In 1963, the physicist and historian of science Derek de Solla Price looked at growth trends in the research enterprise and saw the threat of“scientific doomsday”. The number of scientists and publications had been growing exponentially for 250 years, and Price realized that the trend was unsustainable. Within a couple...
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It was always an ambitious project – trying to gather 250 high level delegates from all aspects of the scholarly communication process with the goal of better communication and idea sharing between sectors of the ecosystem. The first meeting of the Open Scholarship Initiative (OSI) happened in Fairfax, Virginia last week. Kudos to the National Science Communication...
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PLOS is developing a new submission system to enhance the publishing experience for our community of editors, authors and reviewers. Why are we doing this? The linear, step-by-step process of creating, submitting and reviewing a manuscript simply does not satisfy the needs of scientists today. Large-scale solutions to the current challenges of scientific publishing are...
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There is increasing support in the scholarly communications community for “flipping” the standard journal publishing model from subscription-based to “gold” open access, which is to say a system supported by pre-publication fees (article processing charges or APCs), rather than post-publication fees (subscriptions), and in which there is free (unpaid) access to the published articles.[1] The...
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Where are we going will all this? Why is it important in the first place? The following items focus mostly on the science side of these questions. There is some missing information here about big data and the quantities of information being generated in today’s society, but these questions—while very interesting—are also a bit beside...
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A customized workgroup facilitation training webinar for OSI2016 delegates will be presented next Wednesday, April 13th from 9:00-10:30 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time (GMT-07:00). This course will be conducted by Brad Crane and OSI2016 delegate Dave Colgin from Artefact and is open to all OSI delegates. Every workgroup should try to have at least one delegate...
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Updates According to the ticking clock on the OSI website’s home page, OSI2016 is only 16 days away! Here are the latest updates in order from highest priority to lowest (at the moment): Please reserve your hotel room and pay your conference registration fee if you haven’t already. Thank you! Remember to introduce yourselves to...
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