Nordic Perspectives on Open Science 2023-08-01T11:22:36+02:00 Aysa Ekanger Open Journal Systems <p>A Nordic journal on all aspects of Open Science, relevant for or originating in the Nordic and Baltic countries.</p> Beware of predatory publishing – but also of low-quality blacklists 2023-03-16T20:05:40+01:00 Jan Erik Frantsvåg <p>We should be wary of low-quality journals and predatory OA publishing. But we should also know which sources’ judgement to trust. Is the new website Predatory Reports a trustworthy source of information?</p> 2023-04-04T00:00:00+02:00 Copyright (c) 2023 Jan Erik Frantsvåg An offer the journal couldn’t refuse 2023-06-12T11:29:12+02:00 Claus Rosenkrantz Hansen Jesper Boserup Thestrup Rasmus Rindom Riise Rie Karen Marie Iversen Solveig Sandal Johnsen <p>The article describes a two-year project (running from 2021 to 2022) that worked on getting Danish Open Access journals indexed in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ). The project was run in partnership by Copenhagen Business School (CBS Library), Royal Danish Library and Aalborg University Library, in close collaboration with DOAJ. All of the journals that participated are hosted on the libraries’ Open Journal Systems (OJS). In this article the authors demonstrate some of the challenges the journals and the project group faced in the inclusion process and in the assistance the project provided, as well as learning outcomes and perspectives.</p> 2023-06-12T00:00:00+02:00 Copyright (c) 2023 Claus Rosenkrantz Hansen, Jesper Boserup Thestrup, Rasmus Rindom Riise, Rie Karen Marie Iversen, Solveig Sandal Johnsen Alchemists needed, to transform bronze to gold! 2022-09-13T15:11:02+02:00 Jan Erik Frantsvåg <p>Much Bronze OA is of little interest from an OA point of view, but there is a subset of Bronze that has potential to be converted to Diamond OA. This is the kind of Bronze where the lack of a formal OA status is not due to economic considerations, but lack of resources and/or competence.</p> 2022-09-13T00:00:00+02:00 Copyright (c) 2022 Jan Erik Frantsvåg Two novices' impressions from the PKP Sprint in Helsinki, 15th–16th of June 2022 2022-09-09T10:47:23+02:00 John David Didriksen Rune Nilssen <p>The present paper is a brief overview of our impressions of the PKP Sprint in Helsinki, 15<sup>th</sup>–16<sup>th</sup> of June 2022. Main focus will be on the groups where we were present. We hope the paper can be of use for those who have not yet attended a PKP sprint, and maybe an encouragement to sign up when there is a chance.</p> 2022-09-09T00:00:00+02:00 Copyright (c) 2022 John David Didriksen, Rune Nilssen Some pitfalls of OA discussions – an opinion piece 2021-12-19T16:28:00+01:00 Jan Erik Frantsvåg <p>This is an attempt to vent some frustrations accumulated over 25 years of following – and participating in – OA debates.</p> 2021-12-21T00:00:00+01:00 Copyright (c) 2021 Jan Erik Frantsvåg Introducing level X in the Norwegian Publication Indicator 2021-12-08T08:57:29+01:00 Vidar Røeggen 2021-12-21T00:00:00+01:00 Copyright (c) 2021 Vidar Røeggen An Open Science Roadmap for Swedish Higher Education Institutions 2022-05-06T11:18:36+02:00 Sabina Anderberg <p>In the spring of 2021, a <em>National Open Science Roadmap</em> for Swedish Higher Education Institutions (HEI) was adopted by The Association of Swedish HEIs. The roadmap’s eight principles aim to guide the HEIs’ development of local structures and processes, speed up their concrete actions and encourage their collaboration in the shift to Open Science. The recommendations are concentrated on specific measures for open access to research data and research publications at HEIs. The primary target group for the roadmap is university management at Swedish HEIs. In the spring of 2022 the roadmap is to be supplemented by an action plan for Open Science.</p> 2022-05-06T00:00:00+02:00 Copyright (c) 2022 Sabina Anderberg The Research Data Alliance in Norway 2021-04-20T08:55:03+02:00 Philipp Conzett Trond Kvamme <p>The Research Data Alliance (RDA) is a neutral international network aiming at promoting data sharing and data-driven research. The efforts of RDA are organized in a number of groups, including national nodes, where contributors work together to develop and adopt approaches that foster the uptake of standards and good practice of research data management through all stages of the data lifecycle. Since 2019, Norway has had its national RDA group.</p> <p>This article gives a short introduction to the Norwegian RDA group. In section 1 we provide some background information about RDA. Section 2 describes the Norwegian RDA group, including its background and organisational structure, as well as past and future activities.</p> 2021-04-20T00:00:00+02:00 Copyright (c) 2021 Philipp Conzett, Trond Kvamme A brief saga about open access books 2021-03-18T16:10:11+01:00 Niels Stern <p>Monographs and academic books are increasingly becoming a focus point in the open access debate and policy developments. This article gives a personal account of the rationale behind open access book publishing and open infrastructures for books. It elaborates on the need for collaboration between the actors in the community in order to sustain open access book publishing to the benefit of the scholarly community and the public at large.</p> 2021-03-18T00:00:00+01:00 Copyright (c) 2021 Niels Stern Unholy goals and flawed methods 2020-11-17T10:44:11+01:00 Charlotte Wien Bertil Fabricius Dorch <p>A problematic practice has evolved, which is threatening to undermine research in the social sciences and humanities. Bibliometrics is often claimed to be able to measure researchers’ efficiency. We find this quite problematic and, in this article, we illustrate this point by discussing two different bibliometric practices. One is the so-called h-index, the other the so-called BFI-points (Den bibliometriske Forskningsindikator, The Bibliometric Research Indicator). The BFI was <em>never</em> intended to be used for evaluating individual researchers and their productivity. Yet since its introduction in 2008 especially the social sciences and the humanities experience a pressure to deliver “BFI points” and academic job advertisements within the social sciences and the humanities increasingly mention expectations for people’s past and/or future production of BFI points. <br>The h-index is even more problematic because no one academic database covers all the research publications in the world. The whole thing is completely disorganized, and as many as five different h-indexes exist for each researcher. What makes the h-index even more useless is that it will not let you make comparisons across disciplines. Furthermore, like other simple measurements, it is liable to be manipulated and misinterpreted. On that background, it is remarkable that numbers extracted from incomplete databases are used for describing the quality of researchers and their institutions.</p> 2020-11-13T00:00:00+01:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Charlotte Wien, Bertil Fabricius Dorch Some highlights from the PKP 2019 International Scholarly Publishing Conference 2022-04-12T10:31:01+02:00 Trude Eikebrokk Aysa Ekanger Katherine Fonn Jan Erik Frantsvåg Obiajulu Odu <p>This an overview of the PKP 2019 International Scholarly Publishing Conference that took place at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (Spain) on November 20–22, 2019.</p> 2019-12-30T00:00:00+01:00 Copyright (c) 2019 Trude Eikebrokk, Aysa Ekanger, Katherine Fonn, Jan Erik Frantsvåg, Obiajulu Odu Impressions from the 14th Munin Conference on Scholarly Publishing 2019 2019-12-27T19:47:12+01:00 Anna Mette Morthorst <p>The 14th Munin Conference on Scholarly Publishing 2019 took place at UiT The Arctic University of Norway on November 27–28, 2019.&nbsp; This short article reports some impressions from the conference. The full materials of the conference, including presentation slides and video recordings are available at <a href=""></a>.</p> 2019-12-27T00:00:00+01:00 Copyright (c) 2019 Anna Mette Morthorst Norwegian Read & Publish agreements – an overview 2023-08-01T11:22:26+02:00 Lene Ottesen <p>During the course of 2019, Unit (the Norwegian Directorate for ICT and Joint Services in Higher Education &amp; Research), who acts as the Norwegian coordinator of Open Access and licence negotiations, landed Open Access agreements with the four major academic publishers. This article gives an overview of the key elements in the agreements with Wiley, Elsevier, Springer Nature and Taylor &amp; Francis.</p> 2019-12-19T00:00:00+01:00 Copyright (c) 2019 Lene Ottesen Implementation of Open Science in Lithuania 2019-11-20T15:06:17+01:00 Rasa Dovidonytė <p>The number of open science policies being adopted in Europe by universities and research institutions is constantly increasing, however many European countries face difficulties while implementing open science practically. This publication reveals the Lithuanian landscape of open science policies and institutional involvement in open science practices. Prerequisites for sustainable and consistent open science implementation such as open science infrastructure, incentives for researchers, research assessment, and repositories' compliance with EC requirements on a national level are discussed.</p> 2019-08-21T00:00:00+02:00 Copyright (c) 2019 Rasa Dovidonytė Need for a change in scientific publishing 2023-08-01T11:22:30+02:00 Steinar Risnes <p>Outsourcing of scientific publishing to scientific journals is problematic, both economically and academically. It is expensive, slow, non-transparent, unbalanced and excluding. Academic library subscriptions contribute substantially to the publishing companies’ 30-40% profit. There is general consensus that scientific reports should be openly accessible on the Internet. This is generally not the case with articles published in the traditional scientific journals. Open access journals are multiplying fast, but many are of questionable quality. Although open access publishing is less expensive than journal subscription, the article processing charges (APC) of open access journals are still high (up to 5,000 USD) and should be reduced. Science is expensive, scientific publishing should not be expensive.</p> <p>The impression the present system, with its editors and anonymous reviewers, conveys of quality and objectivity, is partly an illusion. The basis for decision on manuscripts is too thin and the balance of power is too uneven.</p> <p>Instead of a complicated fallible system, a simple fallible system is suggested: web-based, indexed and searchable repositories funded and organized by accountable and non-profit institutions/organizations where researchers may upload reports that have been thoroughly reviewed by and are supported by one or more competent, impartial, unbiased and named expert peers chosen by the authors themselves. After publication, reports may be further openly evaluated and commented online by named researchers in the field. Article processing charges should be moderate. Such a system would be simple, reasonable, fast, transparent, balanced, including, efficient, and adequately quality secured.</p> 2018-12-04T00:00:00+01:00 Copyright (c) 2018 Steinar Risnes Offsetting: no big deal? 2019-06-14T09:45:30+02:00 Jörgen Eriksson In this paper I will discuss offsetting deals from their impact on accessibility, affordability to research results and on the possible development of scientific communication towards new modes and methods. I will look at the Swedish National Consortia’s offsetting deals as a specific case study.<div><br clear="all" /><hr align="left" size="1" width="33%" /><p> </p></div> 2018-05-30T00:00:00+02:00 Copyright (c) 2018 Jörgen Eriksson Moving towards open science? Conference report: the 9th Conference on Open Access Scholarly Publishing, Lisbon, September 20–21, 2017 2019-06-14T09:45:56+02:00 Jörgen Eriksson Christer Lagvik Emma Nolin <div id="articleAbstract">The Conference on Open Access Scholarly Publishing, COASP, is held annually with the aim of reaching professional publishing organizations, independent publishers and university presses, as well as librarians, university administrators and other stakeholders. Here, we outline some themes and highlights from this year’s conference.</div><div> </div> 2018-01-02T00:00:00+01:00 Copyright (c) 2017 Jörgen Eriksson, Christer Lagvik, Emma Nolin Benefits of open access articles for industry 2023-08-01T11:22:34+02:00 Tita Alissa Bach Bobbie Ray-Sannerud <p>In this short article, benefits of open access articles for industry are discussed from the point of view of the industry as both the authors and readers of open access articles. Open access articles unlock the barrier to share knowledge and experiences and building collaboration – all of which are crucial for an industry that wishes to make a global impact for a sustainable future.</p> 2017-12-01T00:00:00+01:00 Copyright (c) 2017 Tita Alissa Bach, Bobbie Ray-Sannerud Summary and thoughts from a conference – attending the 7th Conference on Open Access Scholarly Publishing 2016-01-14T14:31:27+01:00 Jörgen Eriksson Helena Stjernberg Aina Svensson The Conference on Open Access Scholarly Publishing, COASP, is held annually with the aim of reaching professional publishing organizations, independent publishers and university presses, as well as librarians, university administrators and other stakeholders. Here, we outline some themes and highlights from this year’s conference. 2015-12-10T00:00:00+01:00 Copyright (c) 2015 Jörgen Eriksson, Helena Stjernberg, Aina Svensson Welcome to Nordic Perspectives on Open Science 2016-01-14T14:31:22+01:00 Jan Erik Frantsvåg 2015-10-23T00:00:00+02:00 Copyright (c) 2015 Jan Erik Frantsvåg A new funding model and improved infrastructure for the Finnish Open Access journals 2016-01-14T14:31:25+01:00 Jyrki Ilva Johanna Lilja <p>A new project launched by the Federation of Finnish Learned Societies and the National Library of Finland will be looking for ways to make Open Access publishing more viable for the Finnish scholarly journals. Most of the journals are published by small learned societies with modest resources. The project will investigate potential new funding models for the OA journals and develop improved technological infrastructure for them.</p> 2015-10-23T00:00:00+02:00 Copyright (c) 2015 Jyrki Ilva, Johanna Lilja Crystals of Knowledge Production. An Intercontinental Conversation about Open Science and the Humanities 2016-01-14T14:31:23+01:00 Niels Stern Jean-Claude Guédon Thomas Wiben Jensen <p>In this article two scholars engage in a conversation about open access and open science in research communication with a specific focus on the Humanities. </p><p>The two scholars have very different points of departure. Whereas Jean-Claude Guedón has been a professor of Literature in North-America for many years and part of the open access movements since its beginning, Thomas Wiben Jensen is in the early part of his carreer and fairly new to the concept of open access. </p><p>The conversation begins with a focus on the Danish national strategy for open access and this strategy's consquenses for the journal NyS where Thomas Wiben is part of the editorial board. However, the conversation brings the reader on an unexpected journey through the history of science communication and through alternative ways of understanding knowledge production as frozen moments or crystals in the Great Conversation of science.</p><p>It is the hope of the editor and the contributors that the conversation can lead to a debate about innovative ways of communicating and distributing scientific results. </p> 2015-10-23T00:00:00+02:00 Copyright (c) 2015 Niels Stern, Jean-Claude Guédon, Thomas Wiben Jensen Open, transparent and honest – the way we practice research 2023-08-01T11:22:36+02:00 Bertil Fabricius Dorch <p>This paper makes the case for Open Science as a means to support and practice Responsible Conduct of Research. Responsible and ethical research practices imply research integrity in terms of transparency, honesty and accountability in all parts of research, being it when attaining funding for research, collecting and analyzing research data, collaborating on research, performing scholarly communication, e.g. authoring and disseminating research etc. Likewise, the topics normally associated with Open Science directly support responsible conduct and in fact, one can argue that Open Science is a ubiquitous prerequisite for good research practice.</p> 2015-10-23T00:00:00+02:00 Copyright (c) 2015 Bertil Fabricius Dorch