Life without a Journal Deal

Cecilia Widmark (KTH) talks about life without a journal deal.

What is it like to work at a library where the largest journal subscription deal was terminated? How do the researchers really feel about it? And what solutions are recommended?

In this episode, we explore what Swedish librarians and researchers experienced during the time period when they didn’t have a journal deal with Elsevier (from 2018-2020). Did they manage? Did they save money? And did the researchers from the institution really voice their concerns?

Our guest is Cecilie Heyman Widmark, she is a librarian working with Open Access, Media and Publishing at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden.

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Open Code and Peer Review

Dr. Stephen Eglen from Code check

In this episode, we are talking about “open code” or “open source” and the benefits of making your code available in a peer review process and having it checked.

Our guest is Dr. Stephen Eglen from the department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics at the University of Cambridge.

Together with Dr. Daniel Nüst, from the University of Münster, he has created Code Check – an open-science- initiative to facilitate the sharing of computer programs and results presented in scientific publications.

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Publishing Open Access Monographs

Lucy Barnes from Open Book Publishers

What is it like to be a small publisher of Open Access Monographs? In this episode, we talk to Lucy Barnes, who is the editor and project coordinator at Open Book Publishers.

She gives us some insight into what’s important for Open Book Publishers, the leading open access book publisher in the HSS in the UK and a founder member of the ScholarLed group and the COPIM (Community-led Open Publication Infrastructures for Monographs)  project. 

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Democratizing Health Research

Is it fair that researchers and policymakers in low-income countries have to pay to read new research on diseases they treat?

In this episode, our guest is Robert Terry from the World Health Organization’s Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR), where he works as a manager of research policy.

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