November 19, 2023
US Repository Network launches pilot to enhance discoverability of Open Access content in repositories. An interoperable and well-functioning network of repositories is an essential component of US national research infrastructure and will play a crucial role in creating a more open and equitable global scholarly communications system. With the advent of the recent OSTP Memorandum requiring Ensuring Free, Immediate, and Equitable Access to Federally Funded Research, there is a need to help repositories identify tools and practices to ensure that they can become an effective compliance option for this policy. [Full Announcement].
December 15, 2022
Next Generation Library Project makes progress toward Shared Open Publishing Infrastructure. The Next Generation Library Publishing (NGLP) project is working to change that by providing libraries with resources to create a robust, values-driven, and community-led system to share knowledge. With support from an Arcadia Fund grant, the NGLP began as a collaboration of Strategies for Open Science (Stratos), the California Digital Library (CDL), and Educopia with three co-investigators: Kristen Ratan, Catherine Mitchell and Katherine Skinner. [Full Announcement].
November 14, 2022
U.S. Repository Network launches to meet critical research infrastructure need. Repositories have long played a critical role in providing equitable access to scholarly outputs, and SPARC is working in partnership with Confederation of Open Access Repositories on an initiative to strengthen ties between professionals who operate institutional repositories in the United States. The goal of the initiative is to create an inclusive community that will collaborate and broaden access to research in ways that are both equitable and sustainable. Nearly 70 representatives from a variety of institutions have stepped forward to help with the effort. The U.S. Repository Network held its inaugural steering group meeting in September, organized by SPARC's Visiting Program Officer. [Full Announcement].
October 4, 2022
Statement by Library Futures and SPARC on Wiley E-Textbook Withdrawal. In late August, at the start of the Fall 2022 school semester, Wiley Publishing Company abruptly withdrew 1,379 multidisciplinary titles from ProQuest, a vendor for university ebook collections around the world. As a result, librarians and faculty members in the United States and internationally have scrambled to identify alternative textbook options for their students as the pandemic amplified the trouble with restrictive licensing and e-textbooks. Library Futures and SPARC strongly condemn this action by Wiley, which seriously hinders students' access to equitable, affordable course materials. [Full Announcement].
September 16, 2022
Subscribe-to-Open Community of Practice statement on the OSTP Nelson Memo. The Subscribe to Open Community of Practice is an informal collective of over forty pro-open publishers, libraries, consortia, funders, service providers, and other stakeholders committed to providing equitable and economically sustainable OA publishing. The S2O Community of Practice welcomes the US Office of Science and Technology Policy memorandum on ensuring free, immediate, and equitable access to federally funded research. [Full Announcement].
September 7, 2022
April Hathcock elected Chair of the SPARC Steering Committee. April Hathcock, Director of Scholarly Communications and Information Policy at New York University Libraries, has been elected to the position of Chair of the SPARC Steering Committee. Hathcock has served as a member of the committee, which provides oversight and guidance to the SPARC organization, since her election by SPARC members in December 2021. Her term as chair will run from October 2022 to September 2025. [Full Announcement].
July 1, 2022
Elsevier's acquisition of Interfolio: risks and responses. Elsevier recently completed its planned acquisition of Interfolio, the leader in a rapidly emerging category of products known as Faculty Information Systems. This deal exemplifies many of the worrying trends described in SPARC's ongoing market analyses over the past four years. In addition to increasing consolidation and presenting new threats to competition, this acquisition highlights the conflicts of interest that can be created when a single entity both publishes and assesses research—and also owns the leading platform through which that assessment takes place. SPARC will be closely following this acquisition's overall effects. We recommend that libraries and academic institutions watch for specific negative impacts that may surface in individual interactions with Elsevier and document these where possible. Documenting institutions' experience may reduce the risk of these negative effects and help encourage regulators to act on any instances of anticompetitive behavior or consumer harm. [Full Announcement].
December 2, 2021
SPARC Statement on Completion of Clarivate-ProQuest Merger. Clarivate, a leading research analytics company, announced its successful acquisition of ProQuest, one of the largest content and library technology providers. The merger, which follows review by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), increases concerns over the negative impacts that continued consolidation across the research enterprise will have on the academic community. [Full Announcement].