Issue 71

OPEN SCIENCE

Certain preprints are now searchable in PubMed Central as part of a trial. The scheme initially is limited to preprints reporting NIH-supported COVID-19 research.

Open Life Science have opened a recruit round of Open Science Ambassadors as part of a 16-week mentoring program.

Eurodoc Survey on Publishing in Open Science for Early Career Researchers. It aims to inform the development of the ‘Open Research Europe’ publishing platform.
  

PUBLISHING

The Political Economics of Open Access Publishing – A series. Cameron Neylon’s perspective how “one of the odd things about scholarly publishing is how little any particular group of stakeholders seems to understand the perspective of others.”

MIT, guided by open access principles, ends Elsevier negotiations. Elsevier released its own statement, committed to still reach a deal. 

COVID-19 PMC collections: licenses and permanence of free to read content. Pretty much all major publishers have committed to provide COVID-19 related research free to the reader. This analysis of PubMed Central breaks down how much of the COVID-19 subscription content is made freely available for only a limited time.
  

RESEARCH

Academic institutions, publishers and many others have followed the call to #ShutDownAcademia to educate themselves about issues facing people of color and to define plans of action. Never too late to catch up on this.

In the UK, fewer than 1% of university professors self-identify as black. That is 140 out of around 21,000 professors. About 25 of these are female. Earlier data (2015/2016) from the UK Research Councils on diversity in UK academia confirms that it isn’t much better amongst students either.

A Movement for Change: #BlackBirdersWeek. An interview with its organizers on the PeerJ blog.