News Cambridge launches open research platform

Cambridge University Press (CUP) has officially launched Cambridge Open Engage, an early and open content and collaboration platform, which is now open to direct submissions from researchers. Developed in-house and in consultation

with researchers, the platform builds on the technology behind Cambridge Core, the online home for CUP’s academic books and journals, to publish early and open research outputs. These include preprints, presentations,

working papers, conference posters and grey literature. All content is open and free to the reader, and free for the author to upload. Research across all disciplines

is welcome, excluding content with implications for clinical practice. Authors can easily share their research in advance of peer review and publication, share and develop it with peers and build an audience ahead of formal publication. Content is moderated before it is posted, to ensure that it is valid scholarly work. The platform benefits researchers

by offering discovery of early and non-traditional open research across disciplines, and by extending the cooperative benefits of conferences by offering a home in the scholarly record for conference content. CUP is also offering open research

services via Cambridge Open Engage to organisations such as learned societies,

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research centres, institutions and funders. These partners will be able to access a range of services, including branded content, hosting for their communities, insights into trends and growth areas, and analytics across early and open research outputs within their organisation. The first organisation to partner with the platform was the American Political Science Association, which launched its APSA Preprints service on Cambridge Open Engage in August. Mandy Hill,

Springer Nature commits to transition majority of journals

Springer Nature has committed to transition the vast majority of its Springer Nature-owned English language journals that are not already open access, including Nature and the Nature Research journals, to become Transformative Journals. The approach means that Plan S-funded authors will be able to continue to submit research to these journals, subject to acceptability of transparency requirements to be published by cOAlition S. As reported, Springer

Nature has been advocating for Transformative Journals as a necessary complement to Transformative Agreements in

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the transition to OA to help: • Smaller publishers for whom national deals are challenging,

• Countries and funders for whom transformative deals are challenging,

• selective journals for which routes for inclusion in national agreements are still being explored, and

• Journals that contain other types of content as well as primary research, enabling primary research to be transitioned to OA with other content funded by alternative means.

Steven Inchcoombe, chief publishing and solutions officer at Springer Nature, said:

‘We have long championed Transformative Journals as a way to speed up the transition to OA while ensuring our authors, no matter what their funding situation, can continue to publish in the journal of their choice.

‘Plan S’s support is,

therefore, welcome and the changes they have made to their criteria means we are able to commit the majority of our non-OA journals, including Nature, to this path. ‘The revised growth targets and other criteria, such as the requirement for a journal to flip to OA for all research articles when this content surpasses 75 per cent, are very

challenging but we will do all we can to hit them. Importantly, we also still need clarity on the transparency requirements which are yet to be published. ‘Ultimately for these targets

to be achieved and sustained we need to ensure the resulting OA journals are still viewed as a viable option by all relevant authors regardless of discipline, country or funder. This will depend on other players on the ‘demand’ side – researchers, institutions, other funders – making similar commitments to support this route to OA and ultimately for those commitments to be for the long-term not just until 2024.’

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managing director of academic publishing, said: ‘Cambridge Open Engage is a collaborative platform and it was hugely important to us that we developed it in collaboration with the researchers who would be using it. ‘Doing it that way allowed us to

really understand which features and functionality are most important to researchers when reading and submitting early research. ‘We will continue to develop the

platform over time in collaboration with our panel of more than 200 academic volunteers. The service will go beyond content dissemination to provide features that support researcher collaboration and better connect different parts of the research lifecycle. ‘Now more than ever, with academia

experiencing significant disruption due to the Covid-19 pandemic and many traditional networking forums postponed or cancelled, it is increasingly important to provide new ways to responsibly share and discuss early stage research.’ She added: ‘The launch of direct submission to the platform is another important step in helping to shape a sustainable transition to a more open future for scholarly publishing. Supporting rapid dissemination and connections among researchers is key to that and to unlocking the potential of high-quality research.’

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