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Pub Source #10: Open Access, the cost of formatting, group annotation, and more

Open Access to Academic Books Science Europe has released a briefing paper which  identifies the key issues at stake in implementing a policy of Open Access to academic books and outlines recommendations for different stakeholder groups to facilitate and accelerate such a policy. Download the paper here. A Roadmap to Open Access for Aotearoa An ambitious roadmap…

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Quarterly Review

In mid June, we announced a new management structure for Coko. It has been just 3 months, but we thought it might be interesting to look back over this short period to assess what we have achieved so far. Here goes! Renewed Partnership Commitments A few weeks after our new management structure was in place,…

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PubSource #9: costs per article, internships supporting diversity, new Dryad launch, and everything wiki

Issues in academic publishing: costs-per-article Martin Paul Eve thinks out loud about The Problems of Unit Costs Per Article in a deeply considered blog post about Open Access publishing. Internships Supporting Diversity in Tech Outreachy is a paid, remote internship program which offers an online collaborative environment for learning, remote mentoring with experienced FOSS contributors, and a…

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Re-introducing Alison

Yes, you read that right! While Alison McGonagle-O’Connell is well known as a central fixture at Coko, we are re-introducing her to you, cast in some new and very exciting roles. Alison will launch her own strategic sales, marketing and communications consultancy on October 1 with our full and enthusiastic support and guidance. We are…

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Open Publishing Awards: Over 200 nominations! & what’s next

When we decided to launch the Open Publishing Awards, we gave ourselves an ambitious timeline to make it all happen. We decided on almost exactly 1 month from deciding to do it to opening nominations. For the next 4 weeks, we were conceptualizing the process, inviting judges, designing the site, organizing the reception, and iterating…

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PubSource #8: Open Source Peer Review, Inclusion & Diversity in focus, Challenges for Open Access

Last call for publishing sector award nominations Nominations for the inaugural Open Publishing Awards close Friday 20 September. Results in the categories Open Source Software and Open Content will be announced in October at FORCE2019 in Edinburgh. Open Source Peer Review System Moves Forward This month, a second Hindawi journal will move onto the open source…

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Re-introducing Charlie

I’m very happy to announce that Charlie Ablett will be our latest addition to the Coko Advisory Board. Charlie was part of the early Coko team building the INK software which we still use today. After the INK development was completed Charlie worked on various interesting projects before settling into a great position as Senior…

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Update from the PubSweet Meeting Last Week

As we do every 3-4 months or so, the PubSweet community met again at the end of last week (August 29th and 30th) in Cambridge, where the European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI) graciously hosted us (thank you so much!). Among the familiar faces of eLife, Hindawi, EBI, Digital Science and Editoria community members, where also some…

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New Advisory Board Members

We are adding some interesting people to the Coko Advisory Board. This is to diversify the advice Coko can draw from to help steer the organisation forward. I’ll be announcing these additions in the coming weeks. Our main focus with these new members is to add smart people with a wealth of experience building long…

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