SocArXiv participates in ARL-SSRC meeting on open scholarship in social sciences

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In December 2018 five members of the SocArXiv steering committee — Judy Ruttenberg, Rebecca Kennison, Chris Bourg, Elizabeth Popp Berman, and Philip Cohen, in different capacities — participated in a meeting organized by the Association of Research Libraries and the Social Science Research Council, with representatives from social science scholarly societies, libraries, funders, and engaged academics, to develop a shared agenda for the future of open scholarship.

A meeting report and summary is here.

A selection from video interviews Philip Cohen did with Alson Reed, Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Brian Nosek, Jessica Polka, Ed Liebow, and Chris Bourg, is available here.

A presentation about academy-owned peer review, from Philip Cohen and Micah Altman, is here.

Other presentations included Elizabeth Popp Berman on the nature of both closure and openness in the economics discipline, and Marcel LaFlamme on the risks for scholarly societies in embracing — or not embracing — openness.

By the end of the meeting, participants agreed on five action steps to move forward together:

  1. Conduct an authoritative investigation into scholarly society finances by
    a trusted third party, as the basis for financial and business model
    conversations with societies and external stakeholders
  2. Commission a paper on the role of scholarly societies and scholarly
    affiliation in a post-subscription environment
  3. Conduct a case study pilot on linguistics promotion-and-tenure (P&T)
  4. Explore implementing peer review in SocArXiv and PsyArXiv
  5. Assess the impact of the reporting relationship between university presses
    and university libraries

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