PubSource #11 – Open Publishing Awards, Events, Vacancies

Oct 21, 2019

2019 Open Publishing Awards

11 outstanding projects have been celebrated in the inaugural Open Publishing Awards, announced on 15 October in Edinburgh at FORCE 2019. The awards are an initiative of Coko, to draw attention to the innovation and diversity of the open publishing sector.

Open Content awards went to Book Dash, a not-for-profit, social-impact publisher of South African picture books for young children; to Free Tamil EBooks (FTE) for their comprehensive ecosystem approach to enabling the production of free content available in Tamil; and to the openly licensed instructional Upper Limb Anatomy Models project of educator Robin Janson, a specialist in applications for digital design and fabrication technologies in occupational therapy education and practice; and to WikiData for connecting millions of research outputs and concepts, organisations and individuals to help us all understand how they relate to each other.

Open Source Software awards were made to Recogito for its enlighted open source development process which actively engages users in ongoing model development; to the open infrastructure development project Citation Style Language (CSL), which facilitates scholarly publishing by automating the formatting of citations and bibliographies; and to the Matplotlib Python data visualization and 2D plotting library.

Open Publishing Models awards were made to AFRO Publishing Without Walls research and outreach initiative for their complete ecosystem approach to Open Access publishing; to the Open Library of Humanities (OLH) Open Access journal platform and economic model; and to WikiJournals for their free, quality assured open-access, peer-reviewed academic journals.

A Lifetime Contribution award was presented to the Public Knowledge Project in recognition of their 20 years of development of open source software for scholarly publishing. Ground-breaking pioneers in this field, their contributions include Open Journal Systems (OJS) and Open Monograph Press (OMP) software.


The question of how to make publications accessible from the start is tackled by Jonathan McGlone and Jillian Downey in a free webcast on October 23rd discussing the systems and workflows used to produce and disseminate scholarly books at University of Michigan Press. Details are here.

The focus of an eLife Labs open call webinar on 29 October will be projects making use of cutting-edge AI and machine learning technology to drive forward open science and research communication. Agenda items are currently open and the presentations will be recorded. Details are here.

A keynote address on the ‘Future of open research and its impact on Humanities and Social Science’ will be delivered by Martin Eve, CEO at Open Library of Humanities, on 5 December at DPASSH 2019 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Other current issues in open research will also be in focus. Details are here.


Code for Science & Society (CS&S) supports open collaboration in public interest technology. They need a Sponsored Project Services Manager to take responsibility for managing regular communication with and supporting projects in the Sponsored Projects Program. (US-based applicants only).  All details here.

The Center for Open Science seeks to  increase the openness, integrity, and reproducibility of scientific research. They currently have three open positions: Instructional Designer (6-month to 1-year contract position); Policy Analyst (part time); and Senior (Backend) Software Engineer. All details are here.

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