Open Access Week 2021 at the EUI

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The EUI Open Access week roundtable “It Matters How We Open Knowledge: Building Structural Equity” took place on Tuesday the 26 October, and had the following interventions and topics:

  • Welcome by Pep Torn
  • Chair, Lotta Svantesson and Introduction to Open Access at the EUI – Presentation
  • The Importance of Replication in the Social Sciences, and a Practical Experience of Sharing Data – Prof. Simon Hix, Professor, Political and Social Sciences Department (SPS), EUI – (summary below)
  • Transformative Agreements (TAs): the good, the bad and the beautiful – Dr. Demmy Verbeke, Head KU Leuven Libraries Artes, Associate Professor of Open Scholarship, Faculty of Arts –  Presentation
  • Publishers and Models: The Ecstasy of Gold? – Andy Redman, Director, Open Access / OA books Director, Oxford University Press – Presentation
  • Open Science to build parachutes in the post-COVID time – Dr. Eva María Méndez Rodríguez, Deputy Vice-President for Scientific Policy, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid – Presentation forthcoming

The video of the roundtable (or six videos of the parts) is available on the EUI Library’s Youtube channel.

Part I: EUI Library: Director and OS coordinator welcome and introduction on OS at the EUI

Part II: EUI SPS: Prof. Hix on sharing data

Hix expressed that social sciences are witnessing a ‘replication revolution’, especially regarding: 1) Pre-registration of experimental work; 2) Transparency in the data collection process; 3) Dissemination of raw data; 4) Preparation of ‘replication files’ (e.g. Stata .do files or R-code files), and 5) Willingness to help others who are interested in undertaking replication.

Common fears that researchers have are that others will find mistakes in the data or coding, or will undertake robustness tests, and find that the results don’t hold up, or that they will  “steal” the ideas if the data is shared early or widely, or also that some will benefit from the data collection efforts without investing their own time or resources. However, Hix claimed that discovering errors or limitations in results is an important part of the scientific endeavour, and that rather than stealing ideas, early sharing data and encouraging replication actually increases awareness and citations of research output.

Part III : KU Leuven, Dr. Verbeke on Transformative agreements

Part IV : OUP, Mr. Redman on Publishers and models

Part V: UniCarlosIII, Dr. Méndez on OS post-Covid

Part BI: Discussion & Questions

Event with programme

Watch the complete recorded session (passcode: m4*s&9@6).

Written questions:

to @andyredman: Am I wrong or it seems that the growing OA approach at OUP is mainly dealing with STEM contents? Why is it so if it is the case and what about SSH? Are they differences here maybe connected to financial investments by stake holders (libraries, universities, public money?) (SSH are the core business here at the EUI).

Demmy mentions article by Björn Brembs et al, Replacing academic journals, 2021, 10.5281/zenodo.5564003 (

Training session: Transformative Agreements and how to publish open access for ‘free’

On Wednesday the 27 October, Lotta Svantesson and Carlotta Alpigiano held the Library research skills session on Transformative Agreements and how to publish open access for ‘free’. & Presentation financial – Alpigiano

Opening the Future, Liverpool University Press

During the OAW the Library became officially also supporting member of Opening the Future  Liverpool University Press.