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The Max Planck Digital Library established a central transformative Open Access agreement with Oxford University Press (OUP) allowing Max Planck Members to publish Open Access in OUP’s journal collection. Open Access charges will be covered centrally by MPDL as of submission date January 1, 2019.
A strong signal to the publishers from the 14th Berlin Open Access Conference
The 14th Berlin Open Access Conference, hosted by the Max Planck Society and organized by the Max Planck Digital Library on behalf of the Open Access 2020 Initiative (oa2020.org), has just come to an end after two intense days with 170 participants from 37 countries around the world discussing where the research organizations and their library consortia stand in their negotiations with scholarly publishers in transitioning scholarly publishing to open access. The participants represented research performing and research funding organizations, libraries and government, associations of researchers and other umbrella organizations, many of them holding high-level positions at their organizations. In his welcoming address, Max Planck Society President Martin Stratmann captured the spirit of the meeting when he stated: 'Open Access is the responsibility of all of us'.
The conference brought to light strong consensus and alignment among the diverse international communities represented around the necessity of stepping up efforts to move away from the subscription-based system of scholarly publishing to open access-based business models. A major focus was placed on transformative agreements (eg “read and publish”), which were identified as perhaps the most viable instrument at the moment to accelerate the transition to open access. As it became clear from statements made by representatives from Japan, the United States, South Africa and others, that readiness to adopt this approach is now extending beyond Europe, where it originated, and is currently being adopted in several countries; in particular, this was emphasized in a bold statement from China, the nation with the largest share of research publications.
After aligning on the goals and strategies during the first day of the conference, the CEOs of the three largest publishers of scholarly journals, Elsevier, John Wiley & Sons, and Springer Nature, were invited by the President of the Max Planck Society, Martin Stratmann, to discuss the global demand for transformative agreements on the second day. The message conveyed to the publishers was that the global research communities are committed to complete and immediate open access, to retaining author copyrights and to negotiating transformative agreements that are temporary, transitional, and cost-neutral as a means to shift to full open access within just a few years with the expectation that cost savings in scholarly communication will follow as market forces take hold. The publishers were called upon to move towards complete and immediate open access according to these principles.
It also came out that there is a strong alignment between the approaches taken by OA2020, Plan S, the Jussieu Call and other approaches dedicated to drive more open access into the system of scholarly communication.
Further reports will soon appear on the homepage of the 14th Berlin Open Access Conference:
Read more in the Nature News
As a keynote speaker the MPDL presented their new project bloxberg at the last Blockchain Munich Meetup. The bloxberg infrastructure is a secure global blockchain established by a consortium of leading research organizations to provide scientists worldwide with decentralized services based on the bloxberg-blockchain. It aims to foster a collaboration among the global scientific community, empowering researchers with robust, autonomous services that transcend institutional boundaries. For example, with consented transactions on the bloxberg infrastructure, research claims need not be limited to one institution alone, but can be confirmed by the whole trusted network. Additionally, researchers can also leverage bloxberg to create a transparent footprint of their work, without revealing its content.
The vision is to have sufficient representation from various scientific entities participating in the consortium, so that the network itself may replace traditional scientific infrastructure such as closed-access publishing of research results, among others.
A great deal of interest was shown by the participants who were really interested in the topic of Blockchain in Science. The MPDL’s vision was lively discussed during and after the talk.
We would like to thank everyone who joined us at the Blockchain Munich Meetup and we hope to see everyone soon!
Starting today, MPG instituts can now find all information on our Software Licensing Service online. Searching for a product or for licensing conditions? Want to know how you can benefit from the service or how it is organized? Just visit SoLi and find all information you need. Please note that the website can only be accessed from within the MPG IP-range.
Supplementing our existing agreements with open access publishers, MPDL set up a further contract with the Royal Society. Max Planck authors will now benefit from article processing charges (APCs) being covered centrally for the Royal Society’s open access journals Open Biology and Royal Society Open Science. Learn more about how we support open access publishing at:
We are piloting a new tool that, different from Google Docs, also gives authors the ability to collaborate in the article writing process and share references, figures, equations and tables--all in one environment. This new tool is called SciFlow, an authoring platform that has been expressly customized for Max Planck Society researchers. In SciFlow you will find style templates required by the journals that are most popular among MPG researchers, making it easy to format your article for submission and re-submission according to different journal requirements.
If you have not yet tried SciFlow, go to https://www.sciflow.net where you will find a dedicated Max Planck Society landing page to get started and additional information on open access publishing (access from within a Max Planck IP range required). This new tool is brought to you by the Max Planck Digital Library, your information service provider.
How can we make your work easier? MPDL would like to learn more about the tools and services you use and prefer when you are writing and publishing scientific papers, such as collaborative writing and reference sharing tools like SciFlow, authoring and language editing services, independent peer review services (not associated with a journal), or post publication research communication services. Tell us how we can make your work easier by responding to two quick questions that will help us understand the tools you find useful and what further tools you would like. We want to anticipate your needs and provide you with the best service possible.
Go to the survey:
Thank you for your time and do not hesitate to contact us.
Offsetting agreements are open access business models that offset subscription costs against publication costs. As instruments of the open access transformation they are intended to enable the transition to purely publication-based open access models. In the latest edition of the “ABI Technik” library journal, Adriana Sikora and Michael Schlachter provide an insight into the back office work with MPDL’s offsetting agreements, presenting all workflows as well as pointing out challenges and problems.
With the beginning of the year, MPDL entered in a new transformative agreement with IOP publishing. It includes access to IOP's premium journal collection IOPScience extra as well as allowing authors to publish open access in 36 selected subscription journals under a free Creative Commons Attribution license (CC-BY).
Munich, February, 2018 – The Max Planck Digital Library (MPDL) is pleased to announce a new pilot project with Bernstein Technologies GmbH (Bernstein), which will give MPG-scientists access to the groundbreaking blockchain technology to certify their research data on the Bitcoin Blockchain.
In particular the collaboration between Bernstein and the MPDL will launch a custom version of the Bernstein web application and grant access to a selected group of users within the MPG. Using this technology Bernstein allows researchers at the MPG to create a digital trail of records of their innovation. Therefore designs, inventions and proofs of use can be registered to obtain blockchain certificates that prove ownership, existence and integrity of any IP asset. Thanks to a unique cryptographic layer all notarized information will remain entirely private.
“Being able to certify research data at any state is a big step towards proving and securing data ownership. We are happy to offer our MPG-researchers such an easy while, at the same time, secure tool to certify their research data” says Dr. Frank Sander, General Manager of the MPDL. Marco Barulli, Managing Director of Bernstein is thinking ahead and states that “the present collaboration may also evolve in the implementation of a defensive publishing service combining blockchain certificates and IPFS (InterPlanetary File System) decentralized data storage”.
Both parties believe blockchain and other decentralized technologies will have a strong impact on the way knowledge will be registered and shared in the future to the benefits of science, art, innovation and society.
Bernstein is a German startup offering blockchain-based solutions for securing intellectual property assets. It combines blockchain certifications with digital timestamps issued by official Time Stamp Authorities (TSA) in different geographies. It allows companies to create a digital trail of records of their innovation processes using blockchain technology. To learn more visit: https://www.bernstein.io/
About Max Planck Digital Library
The Max Planck Digital Library is a service unit within the Max-Planck-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Wissenschaften e.V. (MPG) dedicated to the strategic planning, development and operation of the digital infrastructures necessary for providing Max Planck Institutes with scientific information, publication support and research data management services. To learn more visit: https://www.mpdl.mpg.de/
Enthusiasm for the MPDL-services is continually increasing: being invited to the MPI for Gravitational Physics (Albert-Einstein-Institute), we started our first gig this year on January, 25 in Hannover. Within the institute’s weekly meeting we presented our wide service portfolio which was very well received by the attendees. We were very happy to see that the whole space was full of people who were interested in our talk!
A big thank you goes out to Dr. Frank Ohme who invited us and also to the whole institute’s hospitality!
Initiated by several leading Max Planck researchers, Max Planck Digital Library, on behalf of the Max Planck Gesellschaft, has provided substantial support for the development of SciPost, a platinum open access publication portal in the field of physics. These funds will allow SciPost to carry out the implementation of a number of projects to enhance and broaden its services to the community.
It’s the workflows, stupid! What is required to make ‘offsetting’ work for the open access transition
A recent article by Graham Stone (Jisc) and Kai Geschuhn (MPDL) published in the British library journal UKSG Insights highlights the outcomes of two workshops organized by the Efficiencies and Standards for Article Charges initiative (ESAC) in 2016 und 2017. The paper makes the case for stronger engagement of libraries and consortia when it comes to negotiating and drafting offsetting agreements. The workshops have shown a clear need for an improvement of the current workflows and processes between academic institutions (and libraries) and the publishers they use in terms of author identification, metadata exchange and invoicing. Publishers need to invest in their editorial systems, while institutions need to get a clearer understanding of the strategic goal of offsetting. To this purpose, strategic and practical elements, which should be included in the agreements, were introduced. The paper proposes a set of recommendations for article workflows and services between institutions and publishers, based on a draft document which was produced as part of the 2nd ESAC Offsetting Workshop in March 2017. These recommendations should be seen as a minimum set of practical and formal requirements for offsetting agreements and are necessary to make any publication-based open access business model work.
Open in order to innovate!
In the theme of Open Access Week 2017, OA2020 relaunches its website with a call to libraries worldwide to divest of the traditional subscription model in order to finance innovative, sustainable business and publishing models.
A great deal of interest in a presentation of the MPDL-services was shown by the MPI for molecular Biomedicine. Therefore the MPDL was asked to present its portfolio at the MISS-seminar on October 20th. The talk at the auditorium was well-attended; also the services were lively discussed by the attendees during and after the presentation. The subsequent happy hour gave everybody a great platform to exchange further ideas.
A big thank you goes to Dr. Gabriele Bixel, the Scientific Administrator, who invited the MPDL to Münster!
On September 7th the MPDL was invited to the annual Max Planck PhDnet GöHub in Göttingen. This year the event was hosted by MPI for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity. The MPDL had the opportunity to present its services. The presentations have been met with enthusiasm by the attendees.
The Max Planck Digital Library set up an agreement with the Canadian based information provider 1science. By this, Max Planck affiliates receive access to the 1science database "1findr" which is considered to be world’s largest curated open access discovery platform.
Read 1science press release
The Max Planck Digital Library cordially invites you to participate in the Open Science Days 2016.
The event will take place at the Harnack House in Berlin and is going to extend over one and a half days (October 16/17). It is directed at researchers and specialists from inside and especially from outside the Max Planck Society who are interested in an interdisciplinary communication about Open Science.
For the upcoming event we have chosen to focus on a topic which has been immensely popular among information specialists in recent years: Open Research Data
Apart from the Open Access movement, this probably is the most prominent area of Open Science right now. Since this issue has been widely discussed at numerous conferences or workshops dealing with Open Science for quite some time now, we would like to review and take stock of the preliminary development and discussion so far.
The conference language will be English. The participation fee is 100 € and the number of participants is limited to 60 persons.
For registration and a preliminary program please visit: http://osd.mpdl.mpg.de.
The Max Planck Digital Library established a new central agreement with Open Access publisher Hindawi, allowing Max Planck authors to publish Open Access in all Hindawi journals. Open Access charges for all corresponding authors with a Max Planck affiliation will be covered centrally by MPDL as of submission date August 1, 2017.
Hindawi press release
The Open Library of Humanities is an academic-led, gold open-access publisher with no author-facing charges. With funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the platform covers its costs by payments from an international library consortium, rather than any kind of author fee.
Read the OLH press release
The electronic laboratory notebook software “labfolder” is now also available via the central MPG installation https://labfolder.mpdl.mpg.de provided by the MPDL. The Data will be securely stored at the GWDG.
Basically, all Max Planck institutes and facilities of the MPG, as well as institutes and facilities, whose provider, scientific sponsor or cooperation partner is the MPG, are able to use the software.
For usage of the central MPG installation please create a new user account at https://labfolder.mpdl.mpg.de. Please be aware that during your signup you have to be inside the Max-Planck IT-infrastructure.
In addition to an account in the central MPG installation, labfolder can also be set up as an in-house service at the respective institute. Thereby, the emerging data will be stored in locally operated server environments.
For using a local labfolder installation, Max Planck researchers need to contact the in-house IT department and/or library team on-site. Cooperation with researchers outside the Max Planck Society are possible, but are potentially limited by regulations of the respective Max Planck Institutes.
[workspaz], the scientific collaboration and communication platform has been renamed due to compliance reasons. Its new name is: «collective».
The platform can now be reached under https://collective.mpdl.mpg.de. [workspaz] URLs will be redirected to the new domain.
«collective» is a customized version of the open source software Open Atrium.
The platform offers the following functionalities:
- Spaces for institutes, departments, project teams etc.
- Multiple differentiation possibilities of permission setting (public and private groups or spaces which can be structured hierarchically)
- Within your workspace you can have calendars, document sections (e. g. to make a wiki) and areas to upload and structure your files/data
- You can also start discussions and do simple project management by using the task lists tool within your workspace
The «collective» team will gladly establish a working area for you within the «collective» platform.
How to start:
- Register and contact the support
- Individualise your space
- Invite your team
- Collaborate & communicate
The American Physical Society (APS) and CERN, as the host organization of SCOAP3, have entered into an open access agreement. Under this agreement, which will be in effect come January 1st, 2018, high-energy physics (HEP) articles will be published open access at no direct costs to the authors in three of the leading APS journals (Physical Review C, Physical Review D and Physical Review Letters).
The web of citations among scientific publications builds a comprehensive knowledge network revealing many insights into the nature of science. Public access to citation data is therefore an important cornerstone for an open scholarly infrastructure. It improves the visibility of the scientific output and enables researchers, data scientists, institutions, as well as third-party providers to develop exciting services like impact analyses, discovery tools or visualizations far beyond the scope of individual publishers.
For all these reasons, the MPDL full heartedly supports the Initiative for Open Citations (I4OC) launching today. A growing group of publishers have already made the decision to release citation data publicly and we kindly invite all our publishing partners to join the movement by turning on reference distribution for all DOIs in Crossref.
This year, the MPG research leader network "LeadNet" has teamed up with the Max Planck Digital Library to coordinate and provide all services required for organizing the LeadNet Symposium 2017. This includes creating and updating the website, processing registration, providing administrative support with the conference venue, managing the operational budget, and promoting LeadNet through better communication between the different institutes. The idea behind this new form of cooperation between LeadNet and the MPDL is that it allows the current and future LeadNet steering committees to focus on the thematic and program aspects of the symposium.
MPDL and LeadNet are looking forward for the Symposium 2017 - a meeting from research leaders to research leaders in the MPG.
The symposium takes place in the Harnack Haouse in Berlin between the 9th and 10th of May 2017.
For more information and registration please go to the LeadNet website.
Starting 2017, the Max Planck Society established a new three-year agreement with Taylor & Francis allowing Max Planck authors to publish open access in more than 2.000 Taylor & Francis and Cogent journals offering a CC-BY license option. Publishing fees will be covered cntrally by the Max Planck Digital Library. On the same time, the agreement includes access to almost 300 Taylor & Francis journals.
Read the full Taylor & Francis press release
On March 21-22, 2017, the 13th Berlin Open Access Conference will be held in Berlin. One year after the launch of OA2020, we want to review the progress of the initiative and focus on embedding structures and measures supporting the transformation in different countries.
Day 1 is reserved for the signatories of the ‘Expression of Interest’ of OA2020 and observers from the academic community, day 2 is open to the public. On this second day, different concepts of transformation will be presented and there will be outreach to the publishing industry.
You can register for the second conference day (March 22) starting Monday, January 16 at
Please note that registration will be closed either on March 07 or if the maximum number of participants is reached.
For details regarding the conference agenda, venue and accomodation visit
The Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) and the Max Planck Digital Library have signed an agreement which allows Max Planck researchers to publish their papers open access in RSC journals, which offer a CC-BY license, and access to all RSC subscription journal content. The RSC “Read & Publish” agreement, made for the first time, combines reading and open access publishing in one payment scheme. A pilot in nature, its aim is to gain experience to help prepare a framework for a sustainable model of open access publishing and access to RSC’s subscription journals.
For authors and librarians we have listed the cornerstones of the agreement on a dedicated page.
Holiday cheer and a happy new year!
The publisher Nomos and MPDL have a new central agreement for all authors of the MPG. Now MPG scientists can publish their scientific work with Nomos as a high-gloss print and in parallel as an Open Access eBook in the Nomos eLibrary. Hence the scientific work is published in a renowned journal and is immediately and permanently available online for everyone, worldwide. (Find the complete press release of Nomos. German only)
Max Planck Digital Library and labfolder GmbH concluded a central contract on the usage and installation of the browser-based, electronic laboratory notebook software labfolder for the Max Planck Society, starting on October 1, 2016. With this contract, basically all Max Planck institutes and facilities of the Max Planck Society, as well as institutes and facilities that are provider, scientific sponsor or cooperation partner of the MPG, are able to use the software. Institutes or facilities which already have a license contract with labfolder GmbH can easily migrate to the central contract. (Labfolder press release)
It has been a concern of the MPDL for quite a while to present all information and instructions regarding access to electronic resources licensed MPG-wide in a structured and appealing manner. The so-called MPDL service „Access Magic“ which includes the services „Campus Magic“ and „Travel Magic“has been summarized and re-edited on a new homepage.
The homepage, with its many hints and concise information about access, IP addresses, electronic resources, most up-to-date retrieval tools, or general background details, may be of interest not only to information and IT professionals, but also to MPG scientists.
Read more at: http://accessmagic.mpdl.mpg.de/
This week the MDPL DOI service has been integrated into Edmond - an Open Access data repository of the Max Planck Society. All registered Edmond users are now provided with a straightforward way to assign DOIs to their published datasets. The feature is available via the "Action" menu for each released collection in Edmond.
Please find more information on:
The Open Access 2020 initiative for the large-scale transition to open access - coordinated by Max Planck Digital Library - has added a frequently asked questions section about the OA transition. The FAQ address the 10 most frequently expressed questions and concerns regarding the transformation from the prevalent subscription-based publishing system to open access.
The FAQ can be found here
Today, the INTACT project has launched a new treemap-based visualization of open access publication charges paid by German and Austrian universities and research institutions. The visualization is based on the Open APC data set which is openly available on GitHub. The Open APC initiative demonstrates transparent and reproducible reporting and allows various cost analysis on fee-based open access publishing across institutions and publishers:
Yes to Open Access 2020 - but how?
Latest article in the newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung about the conclusions from the EU Council Competitiveness about Open Acces in 2020 and the OA2020 initiative.
Read the article online (German only).
In November 2015, the MPI for Biogeochemistry (MPI-BGC) and the Max Planck Digital Library (MPDL) signed an agreement which enables the MPI-BGC to use the MPDL DOI service to assign DOI names to datasets and documents stored in various repositories hosted by the MPI, including the TRY database. Over the past weeks, the launch was prepared by jointly developing and implementing an appropriate process: As a result, the DOI assignment can now be carried out the MPI-BGC library using an interface provided by the MPDL. All MPI-BCG DOI names will share their own DOI prefix (10.17871), followed by a repository-specific suffix.
Recently, the MPI-BGC library assigned its first DOI to a data set in the TRY database: http://doi.org/10.17871/TRY.3.
Further details about the MPDL DOI service are available on the project homepage.
Open Access 2020 - Max Planck Digital Library coordinates international initiative for the large-scale transition to open access
Open Access 2020 is an international initiative that aims to induce the swift, smooth and scholarly-oriented transformation of today’s scholarly journals from subscription to open access publishing.
On 21 March 2016, the homepage of the initiative OA2020 was launched containing also practical steps that can be taken towards the envisaged transformation. These steps are outlined in a Roadmap. The Expression of Interest has already been endorsed by more than 40 international scholarly organizations. Similar to the “Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities” that was released in 2003 and has been signed by more than 550 scholarly organizations worldwide, the Expression of Interest will remain open to further signatories.
The OA2020 initiative is coordinated by Ralf Schimmer (MPDL) with a team from MPDL.
Max Planck Digital Library, Bielefeld University and Bielefeld University Library to cooperate on INTACT – A DFG funded open access infrastructure project
In October 2015, the open access infrastructure project INTACT (www.intact-project.org) has started its work. Funded by DFG, INTACT brings together three already existing initiatives which will now collaborate under one roof:
i) The Open APC platform at Bielefeld University Library collects cost information for open access article charges from university and research institutions. The constantly growing dataset is publicly available on a GitHub environment, which is integrated on the INTACT website. Currently it aggregates data with a total volume of more than 8,000,000 € for about 6,300 articles. Open APC demonstrates transparent and reproducible reporting and allows various cost analysis on fee-based open access publishing across institutions and publishers, which will be developed within the project.
ii) The working group Open Access Analytics at the "Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies of Science" (I²SoS) at Bielefeld University focuses on bibliometric research. Within the INTACT project, OA Analytics will provide indicators about the development and distribution of open access publishing at universities and research organizations. This is complemented by publication analytics frequently performed in the context of the global open access transformation by the MPDL Big Data Analytics group.
iii) The ESAC initiative at the Max Planck Digital Library was established in 2014 to address the administrative challenges between publishers and libraries related to the management of open access article processing charges. ESAC wants to help shaping the principles and conditions of the apc based business model while partnering with publishers and libraries in order to develop good practices and guidelines.
In following these three fields of action INTACT aims at an improvement of infrastructure which is needed to ensure a transparent and efficient APC market.
“The INTACT project combines three major components which are crucial for making the transition to open access happen. I am convinced that the synergies of the INTACT project will soon speed up progress in open access infrastructure building”, says Frank Sander, General Manager of the Max Planck Digital Library. “We are pleased to further strengthen the collaboration between Bielefeld University, Bielefeld University Library and MPDL as these partners are already today well-recognized in their ability to create and provide both robust services, deep insights and advanced library concepts”, he continues.
“We are also looking forward to collaborate with the Max Planck Digital Library on this important project” states Dirk Pieper, Deputy Director of Bielefeld University Library. “It is important that universities and research organizations work closely together to foster the ongoing open access transition. The international reputation of the MPDL will help increase the visibility and relevance of our joint project.”
The next steps of INTACT will be an expert workshop on open access offsetting agreements to be held in March at the MPDL and a Bielefeld workshop for Open APC data suppliers in April.
Please find more information on:
The Max Planck Digital Library signed a new agreement with Swiss Open Access publisher MDPI (Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute). As of February 22, 2016, all articles in MDPI journals by corresponding authors affiliated with Max Planck Society will be centrally covered by MPDL. The agreement also includes a 10% discount on all processing charges for articles by Max Planck corresponding authors.
MDPI is an academic open access publisher based in Basel, Switzerland, which publishes 150 peer-reviewed scientific journals. MDPI receives more than 4.2 million monthly page views and PDF downloads.
In these days, the number of the publications collected in MPG.PuRe, are breaking the 250.000 line.
In addition to the continuous submission of articles, proceedings, books and many other genres by the active institutes, this is also a sign of the successfully progressive migration. The institutes not using MPG.PuRe yet, are transferred with their data to the system. In the meantime 60 institutes collect their data with MPG.PuRe.
The numbers refer to the collection of metadata describing a publication. Only a part of these items contains a text file, as PDF for example, that is uploaded in PuRe und made publically available. Altogether almost 33000 items are attached with at least one open access file.
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