Issue 81

OPEN SCIENCE

Sustainable, Open Source Alternatives Exist. A blog post from Dryad re-affirming that sustainable, open source repositories are viable. The blog post was written in response to arguments made by 4TU.ResearchData for partnering with Figshare as a commercial solution.

Can the reward system learn to love open science? Elsevier’s interview of Jean-Claude Burgelman as part of their Research 2030 series.

OA2020 Progress Report. An overview of the open access publishing trends from OA2020.

PUBLISHING

Publishers, are you ready to ROR? Crossref will soon support author affiliations by incorporating Research Organization Registry (ROR) identifiers into its metadata scheme. This is a promising step, as the fidelity of organizational metadata for publications can be poor.

The theme for this year’s Open Access Week from October 19 – 25 is “Open with Purpose: Taking Action to Build Structural Equity and Inclusion.”

Wiley has released its earnings report for the quarter ending July 31, 2020. Year-on-year, revenue for the quarter went up by 2%, whilst adjusted earnings per share went up by 124%. The earnings growth is driven by revenue growth and expense management, with open access growth in the double digits. Roger Schonfeld has tweeted further details from the earnings release conference call.

The Directory of Open Access Journals continues to see an uptick in applications. They have received more applications in 2020 so far than for the entire year 2017 (which saw a record number of journals added). 

RESEARCH

An ethical framework for global vaccine allocation. This comment in Science discusses how an ethical distribution of a COVID could be approached. It advocates a phased approach, starting with a distribution concept guided by the standard expected years of life lost that are averted per dose of vaccine. 

EVENTS

The 2021 Eko-Konnect Users Conference on “Resilient Infrastructures – Shaping the Future of Education and Research in Nigeria” will take place online from 19 – 21 January, 2021.