Opinion: Things are not right in the culture of research, and that this is ultimately to the detriment of research. Two issues emerge: the huge complexity of the research ecosystem, and the related problem of collective action that this complexity creates.
Atlas of Open Science and Research in Finland 2019 Published
This evaluation of Finnish research organisations, research-funding organisations, academic and cultural institutes abroad and learned societies and academies examines the key indicators chosen to assess the performance on openness. Key indicators are used to provide some insights on the competences and capacity of the research system in supporting progress towards openness. Barriers and development needs are discussed, with suggestions for improvement.
Could the Apprenticeship Levy Be the Answer to the UK's Diversity Crisis and £63bn Skills Shortage?
The current skills gap costs the UK £63 billion a year, with an estimated 600,000 job vacancies in digital technology alone. There are currently more FTSE100 companies being led by men called David and Steve, than companies led by women and ethnic minorities. Meanwhile, we know that companies that achieve...
The T&F Buyout of F1000 Neutralizes the Plan S Threat Infrastructures
I am tempted to think that Taylor & Francis's acquisition of F1000 should be critiqued on grounds of yet more gross for-profit consolidation in the scholarly publishing ecosystem. I believe this is true. But funders won't care. The EU wants to maintain its stance of market non-interference and I do not believe that the for-profit status of such entities bothers others like Wellcome or Gates.
New Report on Internal Cost Reallocation Models Within the Bibsam Consortium
Robert van der Vooren conducted a study commissioned by the National Library of Sweden about new ways of distributing publisher contract costs to Bibsam Consortium participants. The study is intended to be a basis when the Bibsam Consortium makes cost distribution future proof for full open access publishing.
UC Response to Publisher Letter Opposing Immediate Open Access to Federally Funded Research
Ivy Anderson and Jeff MacKie-Mason, who co-chair the team overseeing UC's publisher negotiations strategy, have provided the following response to a recent open letter in which a number of commercial and society journal publishers voiced their opposition to a policy, rumored to be under discussion by the U.S. Office of Science and Technology Policy, that would require federally funded research be made freely available to the public immediately upon publication, rather than within 12 months as current policy stipulates. The University of California believes the public should have access to publicly-funded research, freely and immediately upon publication. We are deeply …
Researchers are at the very heart of the EOSC. So, what do our researchers say one year after the launch of the initiative? How do they think will they benefit from the EOSC? What are and what can be their roles? Let's see what physicist Toma Susi has to say.