Open Scholar’s first members’ meeting was held yesterday, the 25th of June 2013 in the Centro de Investigación Mente, Cerebro y Comportamiento (CIMCYC) at the University of Granada.
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.
The CLOCKSS Archive is pleased to announce that it has partnered with Open Scholar CIC to preserve the LIBRE Repository in CLOCKSS’s geographically and geopolitically distributed network of redundant archive nodes, located at 12 major research libraries around the world. This action provides for content to be freely available to everyone after a “trigger event” and ensures an author’s work will be maximally accessible and useful over time.
LIBRE enters its alpha testing development stage where a limited number of invited researchers will be trying available features to discover errors and provide valuable feedback for improvements before the official beta release.
Open Scholar co-founder Varvara Trachana talks to Nature about the effects of austerity measures on Greek Science.
Media release about Open Scholar and the LIBRE project
“Considering the capability of today’s technology, it wouldn’t be unreasonable to assume that scientists and researchers are able to collaborate and access each other’s work easier than ever before. However, that assumption would be wrong.”
The current academic publishing model rewards competition for a limited number of resources: publication in a few prestigious journals with excessively high rejection rates. We envision a future of open, transparent scientific collaboration where all new knowledge becomes immediately available and is openly evaluated by the entire community.
We are a not-for-profit, open organisation of volunteer scholars, librarians and open science enthusiasts dedicated to providing benefit to the scientific community. Become a member and help us promote a new culture of ethical and socially responsible science.
We propose an innovative research evaluation model, which challenges the assumption that formal peer review can only be arranged and handled by journal editors.