OpenCon 2015 Student-led Projects

Two weeks ago, students and early career researchers gathered in Berlin for OpenCon 2015. The meeting marked the 2nd annual multi-day workshop focused on open access, open data, and open education.

One of the panels, captured below, featured student advocates from last year’s OpenCon sharing their student-led projects. Check it out below:

Included in this stream:

Open Access Nepal
OA Nepal, originally organized by medical students, creates meet-ups for advocacy, awareness, and project development around open access in Nepal.

Simon Fraser Student Society OER
The student government of Simon Fraser University encourages their university to adopt OER policies.

OOO Canada
The OOO Canada network aims to address these issues by advocating for open and transparent approaches to knowledge sharing. Made up of graduate students, early career researchers, and activists with three primary goals: open data, open access, open education.

…and more!


Support for Glossa



UWM Dept. of Linguistics Faculty Statement

Just weeks after the editorial board of Lingua announced their resignations, faculty members of University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Department of Linguistics released a statement of support for Glossa. 

Glossa is a upcoming Open Access journal to be published by Ubiquity Press by the editorial board formerly of Lingua.

As others have noted, this is not the first editorial board to quit, but the case of Lingua appears to be making headlines all over the world. Perhaps more importantly, statements like UWM’s have been released in support of the new OA journal.

Open Access publishing discounts and more

The Office of Scholarly Communication is happy to announce the availability of a new web page that provides details on Open Access publication discounts available to Iowa State University affiliates.

The University Library is an active supporter of Open Access publishing. We work with publishers and other organizations to provide discounts to our researchers and scholars. We look for memberships that are equatable, affordable, and practical – ones that are a good balance of cost and community benefit.

While investigating the details of the discounts we also learned of a fantastic new journal that is currently waiving all article processing charges: Royal Society Open Science.

We’re excited about this journal because it embraces a lot of wonderful Open Access principles.  All articles will be published immediately online after acceptance and carry a CC-BY 4.0 license. RS Open Science will also provide article metrics, optional open peer-review and support of open-data. All in all pretty impressive! It’s unclear how long the APC waiver will be in effect but if you have an article ready to submit you may want to consider RS Open Science.


101 Innovations in Scholarly Communication

Bianca Kramer and Jeroen Bosman, two librarians at Universiteit Utrecht (Netherlands), presented a poster titled: 101 Innovations in Scholarly Communication at Force 2015 last January.

Kramer and Bosman’s work highlights the increasing number of tools and services available to researchers in a changing landscape of scholarly communication. The content of their poster, created by surveying researchers, is also hosted on their website. Check it out for workflows and links to free and subscription products.

If you have any questions about a product or service, or if you would like to share your experiences, please email We’d love to hear from you! ISU Library does have a subscriptions to some of products listed by Kramer and Bosman.

State of Open Videos

Next week is the second ever OpenCon! OpenCon is the student and early career academic professional conference on Open Access, Open Education, and Open Data. Organized by the Right to Research Coalition and SPARC this year’s OpenCon is being held in Brussels, Belgium on November 14-16th.

In preparing for this year’s event, OpenCon has released videos examining the three focus areas: Open Access, Open Education, and Open Data. See the videos below!

APLU Issues Statement on Open Access and Elsevier

In the last week, the academic publishing world and the Open Access community can’t stop talking about the six editors and 31 editorial board members of Lingua, a top linguistics journal, who all resigned to protest Elsevier’s pricing. For more on this move, check out Inside Higher Ed’s coverage. In response to this move, and the conversation surrounding it, the Association of Public & Land-Grant Universities issued the following statement: 

Original statement from November 2, 2015 found here:–editorial-board-members-in-protest-of-elseviers-pricing-policies

“APLU appreciates the decision of the editors and editorial board members of Elsevier’s journal, Lingua, to resign and form a new publication intended to disseminate scholarly work at a lower cost. It is time to further test less expensive modes for scholarly communication.

“Electronic publication now enables preparation, distribution, access, and archiving of articles at a fraction of the cost of the comparable print publications of earlier times.  However, the subscription costs to university libraries of many major journals do not reflect these reduced costs.  Indeed, many subscription costs have gone up much faster than inflation.

“As publishers have merged and become more powerful, universities are often paying more for publishers’ mark-ups.  The federal government makes massive investments in researchers, staff, and facilities to advance knowledge; publishers do not.  Universities similarly make big investments in research. University faculty generally are the authors, editors, and reviewers of the articles coming out of that research. To get their articles published, faculty usually must transfer significant copyrights to the publishers. Then the publishers sell back to the universities the very content they as a group produced, and at steadily higher subscription prices. The system is fundamentally broken.

“It is important to have a healthy and high-quality publication process. APLU has supported limited embargo periods to allow publishers to recover the cost of their services and we welcomed the Office of Science and Technology Policy mandate for public access. But these steps alone are not enough.  It is clear there too few alternative channels for publication to keep user costs in check.

“While we do not know all the details of Lingua’s particular case, it’s abundantly clear that the frustrations of its editors and editorial board are widespread. Scholars, librarians, and university administrators are committed to the free exchange of ideas and information and a growing number find that dissemination of knowledge is being significantly hampered.  In a day and age when the public can get information from seemingly unlimited sources, the world of academic publishing has been more consolidated into a limited number of tightly controlled channels.”