LIBRE available for testing

We are happy to announce that after a long delay, a prototype of the LIBRE platform is now available for testing at the temporary address: http://www.lib-res.org. We do not consider this version ready for public release, but we rather see it as a working prototype that can serve to receive feedback from the community in […]

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Beyond open access: facing academia’s real problems

The slides for the talk Pandelis Perakakis gave on the 5th of December 2013 at the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich. The talk focuses on how the journal monopoly over three of the most basic processes in scholarly communication —validation, evaluation and dissemination— is creating problems even more important than the lack of accessibility to research output.

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Surviving the Science Crisis in Greece — published in the journal Science by OS co-founder Varvara Trachana

Greece, Spain, Italy, and Portugal are among the countries hit most severely by Europe’s economic crisis. Science has not been spared. Last Friday, in a meeting organized under the auspices of EuroScience, scientists from the four countries gathered in Barcelona to discuss the impact of the funding cuts. Among the speakers was Varvara Trachana, a Greek biologist and Open Scholar co-founder. Read her interview as was published by the journal Science.

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Why and how to separate scholarly evaluation from academic journals.

Today’s academic publishing system may be problematic, but many argue it is the only one available to provide adequate research evaluation. Pandelis Perakakis introduces an open community platform, LIBRE, which seeks to challenge the assumption that peer review can only be handled by journal editors. By embracing a new culture of open, transparent and independent research evaluation, the academic community can more productively contribute to global knowledge.

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Open Scholar signs the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment

A new international, multidisciplinary initiative recognizing the need to improve the ways in which the output of scientific research is evaluated.

Open Scholar has signed the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA), joining another 260 (to date) international organisations, who support a series of recommendations towards funding agencies, institutions, publishers, organisations that supply metrics, and researchers, aiming to improve research assessment practices.

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