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Spotlight

So now we’re global?

Well actually, SCI has always been global and has become increasingly so as our projects have rolled out over the years. We started in early 2011 with the idea that since science communication challenges are so varied across the globe, focusing just on challenges in the US would be more than enough. But as we’ve grown, we’ve realized that many of these challenges (and solutions) are closely linked.

Take the open access movement, for instance. In late 2015 SCI launched the Open Scholarship Initiative (OSI) in partnership with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Major funding for this effort has also been provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Laura and John Arnold Foundation, Elsevier, and many others. The objective is to build a sustainable movement and a robust mechanism for direct communication and cooperation among nations, universities, researchers, publishers, funding organizations, scholarly societies, libraries, and policy makers on shaping the future of scholarly publishing – to support a climate for finding common understanding and workable solutions, and to work toward these goals together. Definitely global, and more projects like this are on the way. Until then, please pardon the mess—we’ll need to fix our company name in a hundred different locations, beginning with this website 🙂

OSI listserv conversation

  • Re: Interesting ignorance of "predatory" journals

    David, the article that you just cited doesn’t even mention Beall’s List. (Nor do any of the reports that it cites.) What it does discuss is the fact that the journals under examination “charge to publish articles” despite the fact that they “(fail) to perform peer review or editorial committ […]

  • Re: Interesting ignorance of "predatory" journals

    Rick: There are a lot of studies and news reports that purport to quantify the extent of predatory publishing in various ways. All of these that I have seen use some variant of Beall's list, because that is all that is available when it comes to actually identifying and counting articles. […]

  • RE: upcoming PSAs

    In case interesting, the European “Knowledge Exchange” partnership just ran a booksprint to draft something to clarify some of the economic concepts relevant to open research. I hope something will be published from that shortly. It covers, to some extent, whether the ideas of public goods, […]

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