The OASPA Board is pleased to welcome Palgrave Macmillan as a full member of OASPA with voting privileges. Based in the UK, Palgrave Macmillan is a global academic and business publisher for the Humanities and Social Sciences and is part of the wider Macmillan Group, representing an unbroken tradition of over 160 years of academic publishing.
This year OASPA developed a separate membership criteria for open access books following a dedicated session at the Conference on Open Access Scholarly Publishing in 2012 and subsequent discussions. Palgrave Macmillan announced at the start of 2013 that they would be offering an open access option across all journal and books via Palgrave Open, with all open access publications to be published with a CC BY license. We are pleased to also now have University of Adelaide Press as a member, who have recently adopted Creative Commons licensing for their open access book publishing program.
A host of other new members have joined over the past few months and we are delighted to be working with the following organizations as we continue to strive for excellence in standards of open access scholarly publishing:
- Company of Biologists
- F1000 Research
- Karger Publishers
- Libertas Academica
- University of Adelaide Press
- Anti-Trafficking Review
- Biological Bulletin of Bogdan Chmelnitskiy Melitopol State Pedagogical University
- Judgment and Decision Making
- Icelandic Review of Politics and Administration, IRPA
- Nepal Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
- Northeast Brazilian Health Journal (Revista Piauiense de Saúde)
Other Organizations with Voting Rights:
- Copyright Clearance Center
- Knowledge Unlatched
For the OASPA Board,
Paul Peters, President
Since OASPA released its first response to the Science ‘Sting’ article published in October, the OASPA Board has been looking at the implications of the findings for the organisation and its members.
There has also been much discussion of the Science article, exploring the strengths and weaknesses of the exercise and associated data, along with the way that Science has presented this work to the media. In general, we feel that this follow-up has served to emphasise two key points: the data provide useful insight into editorial practices at a number of substandard publishers; no conclusions can be drawn as to whether poor practices are more or less prevalent at subscription-based or open-access journals.
The work at OASPA has been conducted, in consultation with the OASPA board, by the membership subcommittee, comprising Caroline Sutton, Catriona MacCallum, Claire Redhead and Mark Patterson.
Below is a statement from the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA) in response to the recent “sting” that was reported in Science in an article entitled “Who’s Afraid of Peer Review?”
OASPA was established in 2008 to bring together a growing community of high-quality publishers, who were showing how research could be published according to the highest standards and made freely and openly available at the point of publication. Our goal was, and continues to be, promoting best practices in open access publishing and providing a forum for constructive discussion and development of this field. Open access publishing has continued to grow since the establishment of OASPA, and is now a well-established part of the scholarly publishing landscape.
A second reason for the establishment of OASPA was the emergence of a group of publishers that were engaging in open access publishing without having the appropriate quality control mechanisms in place. OASPA’s approach to addressing this issue was to establish strict criteria for entry into the Association, such that applicants are screened for policies relating to publication fees, peer review, licensing, etc. For publishers that do not initially meet our criteria, we provide a detailed list of our concerns to the publisher and encourage them to adjust their policies accordingly.
The “sting” exercise conducted by John Bohannon that was recently reported in Science provides some useful data about the scale of, and the problems associated with, this group of low-quality publishers, which is an issue that OASPA has worked to address since the Association was first created. While we appreciate the contribution that has been made to this discussion by the recent article in Science, OASPA is concerned that the data that is presented in this article may be misinterpreted. We will issue a fuller response to this article once we have had a chance to review the data in more detail (and we applaud the decision to make the data fully available), but for now we wish to highlight what can and cannot be concluded from the information contained within this article.
OASPA member organisations have this year had the opportunity to vote for new representatives as the Board of Directors expanded from 9 seats to 10, and 2 of the current board members were ending their term. Following the election process, OASPA is delighted to announce the appointment of 3 new board members: Mark Patterson, Lars Bjørnshauge and Peter Binfield.
The program and speakers have been announced on the website for COASP 2013 http://oaspa.org/conference/conference-program/
There is still time to register for the event, this year taking place at the Radisson Blu Latvija in Riga from 18-20 September. Registrations close on September 6th. See the conference website for full details.
The 5th Conference on Open Access Scholarly Publishing (COASP) is to be held this year at the Radisson Blu Latvija in Riga, Latvia. The preliminary program is now available on the conference website http://oaspa.org/conference/, together with details of how to register for this event.
Early bird registration fees are available until 30th June and further reductions are offered to OASPA and OAPEN members. Members of OASPA are also invited to participate in the fifth General Meeting of OASPA on September 18th.
Submitted by Caroline Sutton on behalf of the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA)
We thank you for the opportunity to provide input to the Finch Report: Survey of Progress.
The Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA) represents the interests of Open Access publishers of journals and books, with the aim of expanding Open Access publishing while contributing to the development of standards and best practices in all areas of scholarly publishing. OASPA’s membership currently includes more than 60 full voting members, who range from independent OA journals that are run by small groups of researchers to many of the largest and most well-recognised publishers within the scholarly publishing industry.
To prepare our response, OASPA members were given an opportunity to submit their individual comments to the OASPA Board. Continue reading
The Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association, OASPA, is pleased to announce that registration is now open for the 5th Conference on Open Access Scholarly Publishing (COASP) which will be held in Riga, Latvia, September 18th – 20th, 2013.
As in previous years, the conference is directed towards the interests of professional publishing organizations, independent publishers and university presses, as well as librarians, university administrators and other stakeholders. Participants will have the opportunity to hear from many leading figures within the open access publishing environment. The preliminary program for the event will be released shortly.
Registration and accommodation information for COASP 2013 can found on the conference website: http://oaspa.org/conference/
Early bird registration fees and reduced rates for OASPA and OAPEN members are available.
OASPA has today joined major sponsors PLOS, Wellcome Trust and Google to launch the Accelerating Science Award Program (ASAP).
This new, innovative program recognizes individuals who have used, applied or remixed scientific research – published through Open Access – to innovate and make a difference in science, medicine, business, technology or society as a whole.
Three top awards of $30,000 each will be presented. The nomination period is open from May 1 to June 15, 2013. Winners will be announced in Washington, DC in October 2013, during an Open Access Week event hosted by SPARC and the World Bank.
For more information on the ASAP program and to make a nomination, please visit http://asap.plos.org/. See also the Program rules at http://asap.plos.org/nominate/rules/. Follow the ASAP Program on Twitter at #SciASAP.
OASPA believes that working together with applicants to our organization is the best way to raise standards and build relationships with new open access publishers emerging in the scholarly publishing community. The route of entry into the organization, the membership application stage, remains key to the success of all activities that OASPA carries out and is conducted as rigorously as possible. The annual conference and members meeting provide an environment where publishers and other allied organizations can share their experiences and often set out ways to continue to build on the developments made by their colleagues.
As detailed in previous posts, each individual application to join OASPA is reviewed by a membership committee and board members to ensure that all of the membership criteria are met by the organization. Additional background research is also carried out where appropriate and this may involve a deeper investigation of the background of the organization, or contacting editors or authors. We continue to foster good relationships with other organizations that have a similar review procedure to ourselves.
The following table shows a breakdown of membership applications from 22nd October 2012 to 31st March 2013, since the last OASPA post regarding membership procedures. Continue reading