Marcus HauerAs part of our interview series with our tandem partners we are speaking this time with Marcus Hauer a consulting designer, who is currently helping with new products and design of the Hybrid Publishing Lab.

Julia Rehfeldt: Marcus Hauer, can you introduce yourself and tell us what you are currently working on?
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In this weeks hot links, PLOS – the largest scientific journal in the world – now requires that authors must make all data publicly available, without restriction, immediately upon publication of the article. The new data policy will apply from this month onwards and has received great support from the scientific community. read the full article here.

PLOS’ very own Martin Fenner is also holding a talk titled “Scientific Publishing: How to fix a broken system” in Berlin this month. He will be talking about article-level metrics on the 11th of March at the MDC-Berlin. See full details here.

A new open-access journal has been founded called The main idea is to provide a technical platform of peer-reviewing; its purpose is to promote the emergence of epijournals, namely open access electronic journals taking their contents from preprints deposited in open archives such as arXiv or HAL, that have not been published elsewhere.

Even startups have now added to the open access pool, with massive development in projects like coursera and udacity gaining momentum every day. Tech Crunch has released an article discussing the startup experiments with academic research, stating that the university golden age might not be over, it may have just begun. read the full article here.

“Ten Simple Rules” – a concentrated guide for mastering the professional challenges research scientists face in their careers

ojs_plus_wordpressThere is a way to synchronize a WordPress Blog with an Open Journal System (OJS) through the OJS REST API. Here you can find instructions on how to enable this function and how to import the articles as WordPress posts. In the end you can use your OJS content with some of our favorite WordPress features. Continue Reading…

Publishers withdraw more than 120 gibberish papers


The Hybrid Publishing Lab is organizing a series of workshop under the theme Philosophy of the Web, on 17th Feb 2014 Dr. Harry Halpin gave a talk titled “Collective Intelligence and the Web”. The audio recording can now be accessed: Harry Halpin: Collective Intelligence and the Web.

Abstract: The Internet and Web, as originally conceived by Licklider and Engelbart, was supposed to be co-evolutionary platform for collective intelligence in order to enable humanity to tackle problems that they could not otherwise tackle with their limited biological cognitive resources. To a large extent, their nearly Hegelian vision for a universal information space has been realized as a global technological system. Yet the outcome of this is not a scientifically enlightened collective intelligence, but the creation of a global secret state apparatus based on mass surveillance, as the NSA/GCHQ revelations have shown. The future of this apparatus of control will be discussed in both in its theological and strategic aspects, as well the alternative posed by the project of Wikileaks.

Bio: Dr. Halpin has been a member of the World Wide Web Consortium where he worked with the inventor of the web Tim Berners-Lee. He is currently a Marie Curie visiting researcher at the Institute of Research and Innovation of Centre Pompidou in Paris, as well as postdoctoral researcher at MIT.

We are also happy to announce the coming workshop with Greg Elmer on 10th March, 2014: GOING PUBLIC – ACCOUNTING FOR SOCIAL MEDIA

This week, the Accelerating Science Awards Programme brings us a best practice video showing several exceptional real-world application of open access. These examples demonstrate how the reuse of Open Access research can accelerate scientific progress and benefit society as a whole. watch the video here.

Another best practice example for open access is the responsive EPUB reading system called The system takes advantage of the abilities of modern web browsers to allow an attractive reading experience on all manner of devices. It is free for all to use and adapt.

Also, PLOS has a new blog called PLOS Opens. The blog focusses on how scholarly communications is changing, and how it should be changing. The big announcements will still be on the official PLOS blog and but at PLOS Opens policy, evidence, and opinion of how our world is changing will be put into focus.

Picture NishantToday we are starting with a new format for the blog of the Hybrid Publishing Lab. There will be an interview series with our International Tandem Partners giving an insight on their current work, interest and cooperation with HP. First up is our Tandem Partner Dr. Nishant Shah, Research Associate at Common Media Lab and Hybrid Publishing Lab. He is the co-founder and Director-Research at the Centre for Internet and Society in Bangalore, India.

Julia Rehfeldt
: Dr. Shah, can you introduce yourself briefly und tell us what you are currently concerned with in your research?
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TIB_OSL_Stele_Seite_2-300x300The Open Science Lab at the German National Library of Science and Technology (TIB) in Hannover has invited 15 scientists to create a manual on collaborative platforms for science. The “Handbook CoScience” will be produced in a book sprint shortly before and during CeBIT 2014, the world’s No. 1 trade fair for the digital industries.

Authors from the following institutions of the research network Science 2.0 are involved in the project:

and additional authors from other research institutes, scientific publishers and infrastructure facilities. Continue Reading…

Stuart Hall has died. And because of the great importance of his work, it seems necessary to at least mention him in our weekly linklist. In his obituary and tribute to Stuart Hall, Jeremy Gilbert reflects Halls achievements, as well as noting that the jamaican-born british theorist saw great importance in digital commons and open democracy. As Laurie Taylor, sociologist, broadcaster and Times Higher Education columnist says: “He was a committed and influential public intellectual of the New Left, who embodied the spirit of what the OU [Open University] has always stood for: openness, accessibility, a champion for social justice and of the power of education to bring positive change in peoples’ lives.” Read Jeremy Gilberts tribute here.

And as if to underline that there is still a long way to go, Turkey has passed a new law that, according to experts will only increase internet surveillance and enable the government to track down cyber dissidents more easily. Furthermore, it is believed that the turkish internet will increasingly become a channel for the government to channel knowledge, the exact opposite of the once envisioned never-ending open access paradise it was once envisioned as. Read on in the OpenDemocracy report.

A positive outlook is offered by Mark Carrigan who reports on the Participation Now project, “a new resource for exploring development and innovation in public participation initiatives.” Participation Now is collaborating with the OpenUniversity and OpenDemocracy. Carrigan has written a short summary of all your need-to-knows here.

DOAJWhen Ulrich Herb published the numbers about the use of Creative Commons (CC) license, 9,804 Journals were listed in the central Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ). The good news is that 3,772 of these Journals (almost 38 %) use a Creative Commons license. The bad news: the most of the publications listed in the DOAJ are still not “Open”. Continue Reading…

A Book Sprint brings together a group to produce a book in 3-5 days. There is no pre-production and the group is guided by a facilitator from zero to published book. The books produced are high quality content and are made available immediately at the end of the sprint via print-on-demand services and e-book formats.

Adam Hyde

What is a Book Sprint?

A Publication Taxonomy

Christina Kral —  February 10, 2014 — Leave a comment

A Publication Taxonomy — an initial guide to academic publishing types, inside and beyond Academe

Dear Community,

Welcome to the Publication Taxonomy an exploratory listing project by the Hybrid Publishing Consortium. The Hybrid Publishing Consortium is the technology research arm of the Hybrid Publishing Lab and is made up of a team of six interdisciplinary researchers, developing open source software for multi-format publishing. Creating an exploratory taxonomy of publication types plays a role in our software design process helping us understand the boundaries of publishing forms.

When the Consortium started to compile a list of the various types of scholarly publications we had to keep in mind the challenge of a continuously changing technology landscape. This meant moving to a so called post-digital condition (although a contested term)–involving parallel usage of various media types, a new collaborative paradigm, a proliferation of tool sets and open access academic publishing.

To give some limits around what we define as a publication we agreed on three very open parameters–(1) the act of making a document public, (2) the involvement of textuality, and (3) a scholarly/academic orientation.

Acceleration best describes the overall condition for both the development of publishing and the shaping of the emergent post-digital scholar, blurring the distinction between the publishers workflow and the scholars textual creation. The renegotiation of new roles for publisher and scholar is one area where new publishing types emerge, especially where the act of reading becomes a new textual creation. An instability arises in
the scholarly workflow and how the scholar is organizing and adjusting her/his work steps within the post-digital condition. It also means an expansion of the very definition what constitutes a publication.

You are invited to edit and add to the list on GitHub, create an account and edit here

This weeks hot topics in Open Access: What are the problems with peer review, open knowledge and open access, and can they be overcome?

Marjatta Sikström features two articles on peer review. The first by Richard Price, founder of critiques the small number of researchers per article that actually perform peer review. The second article has Randy Schekman calling out academic journals for “distorting the scientific process”. Sikström shortly discusses both articles and quotes further reading material here.

In the article Why I Don’t Care About Open Access to Research – and Why You Should Michael White discusses whether there are actual benefits to the scientific community in making work freely available and asks the question who open access really is for.

Lastly, Casey Brianza takes a critical look on what it means to publish open access, when all it actually generates is more costs for the public. In the article, she does not critique the praxis itself, but asks whether open access is actually successful at what it was set out to do. Follow up on her arguments here.

How can something so wonderful and right as “openness” further promote Neoliberalism?