The Second EUA Big Deals Survey Report is an updated mapping of major scholarly publishing contracts in Europe. Conducted in 2017-2018, the report gathers data from 31 consortia covering an unprecedented 167 contracts with five major publishers: Elsevier, Springer Nature, Taylor & Francis, Wiley and American Chemical Society.
A Wave of Graduate Programs Drops the GRE Application Requirement
The standardized test normally required for graduate school entrance in the US is being dropped by an increasing number of science PhD programs, amid concerns about diversity and the test's predictive value.
The Open Research Library: Centralisation without Openness
Resolving the question of how to provide an infrastructure for open access books and monographs has remained a persistent problem for researchers, librarians and funders. The Open Research Library aims at bringing together all available open book content onto one platform, but has been met with mixed responses.
Having early and rapid access to research findings accelerates the pace of science and is paramount for advancing discovery. Springer Nature considers itself ideally placed to help facilitate this and making great research available as quickly as possible to the research community.
Do Swiss researchers share their data with other researchers and with the public? And if not, why? Which data repositories and other channels do they use for data sharing? A large-scale survey by the SNSF and swissuniversities offers some answers.
EPA Plan to End Funding for Children's Health Research Leaves Scientists Scrambling
Despite repeatedly expressing public support for children’s health, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is ending funding for a network of research centers focused on environmental threats to kids, imperiling several long-running studies of pollutants’ effects on child development.
AmeliCA Celebrates Invest in Open Infrastructure Birth
Open Knowledge for Latin America and the Global south (AmeliCA) is pleased to be part of this initiative that furthers an open, scalable, long-lasting scientific infrastructure that seeks to spread its benefits worldwide.
To Meet the 'Plan S' Open-Access Mandate, Journals Mull Setting Papers Free at Publication
Some publishers are considering an approach they hope will both comply with "Plan S" and maintain their subscription income: allowing authors to post manuscripts in public archives as soon as their papers are published.
The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative will soon invite applications for open source software projects that are essential to biomedical research. Applicants can request funding between $50k and $250k for one year.
Measuring Inequality - Creating an Indicator to Assess Gender Bias in Universities
This article presents a new initiative from the Centre for Science and Technology Studies at Leiden (CWTS), to assess gender inequality in research publication across different institutions internationally and drive further change in the sector.