SCONE November 2019

Scholarly Communication in the News

2019 State of Open Data
On October 24, 2019, Figshare published the 2019 State of Open Data Report. The State of Open Data Report is the longest running study on Open Data. Published since 2016, the 2019 report contains responses from over 8,500 researchers. One of the findings found within the report is that the research community is now demanding more enforcement of the mandates that have been adopted by many governments, funders, publishers and institutions around the world.

MIT Open Access Task Force Recommendations
Formed in 2017, an institutional-wide task force on Open Access  at MIT has released their recommendations, which aim to support and increase the open sharing of research outputs from MIT's community. The report presents fourteen recommendations in the areas of Policy, Infrastructure and Resources, and Advocacy and Awareness. 

CUNY Zine Project: The Labor of Open
Produced during the 2019 Triangle Scholarly Communications Institute, The Labor of Open zine  examines the labor of scholar-led independent open access publishing as an equity issue in scholarly communications.

Research Organization Releases Publishing Costs to Highlight Challenge of Going to Full Open Access
In response to calls from Plan S funders to do better on price transparency, the European Molecular Biology Organisation (EMBO) opened their books to show the financial costs associated with publishing four of its journal to highlight the cost challenges of transforming subscription-journals to fully open access. One of the goals of Plan S leaders is to determine a 'fair' fee that publishers should charge. A summary of Plan S can be found in this short three-minute video produced by  the Office of Scholarly Communication at Cambridge University. 

Where Research Meets Profits
Published in Inside Higher Ed, Colleen Flaherty discusses recent allegations of copyright violation from faculty who have shared their own research articles on their websites published with the American Psychological Association (APA). This has again sparked debates on the rights of authors and the transparency of open access policies. Violating one's own copyright agreement is a common practice for academics, and is a trend that many publishers are beginning to crack down upon. 

Ask the Chefs: Beyond the APC
With many publishers agreeing to new transformative licensing agreements that ensure Open Access becomes the default, the future of the Article Processing Charge, is a topic many believe will change over the next few years. Published in a recent Scholarly Kitchen article, Ann Michael of PLoS asks several of the Chefs what is next for Open Access and how do we think beyond the APC?

Scholarly Communication at CMU

Save the Dates - Dimensions Training Workshops
Please save the date - Representatives from Dimensions will be on hand on Wednesday and Thursday, December 11-2 to provide several on-site workshops. The workshop sessions will be targeted towards Librarians, Research Administrators and Leadership, Faculty/Staff/Students, and Research Communication Staff. More information will be provided soon. 

October Data on Overleaf
252 CMU Affiliates signed up for Overleaf Pro Accounts. 4,471 users at CMU utilized their CMU Overleaf Pro Accounts during the month of October. Liaisons can reach out to David for the names of those who signed up. More information about our Overleaf Service and offerings can be found on the Overleaf LibGuide.

Fall Workshops Now Schedule

Open Access Updates

October APC Funded Articles 
While a few requests to the CMU APC Fund were received, there were no approved APC Fund requests during the month of October.

Summary of FY '19-'20 
A Summary of all articles funded in FY '19-'20 can be found here