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OPERAS Advocacy White Paper

Elisabeth Heinemann; Andrea Bertino; Francesca Di Donato; Aysa Ekanger; Elena Giglia; Barbara Jędraszko; Michael Kaiser; Lisa Matthias; Alessia Smaniotto

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      <creatorName>Francesca Di Donato</creatorName>
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      <affiliation>University of Turin (UniTo)</affiliation>
      <creatorName>Barbara Jędraszko</creatorName>
      <affiliation>The Institute of Literary Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences, The Digital Humanities Centre (CHC IBL PAN)</affiliation>
      <creatorName>Michael Kaiser</creatorName>
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      <affiliation>Max Weber Foundation — German Humanities Institutes Abroad (MWS)</affiliation>
      <creatorName>Lisa Matthias</creatorName>
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      <affiliation>Georg-August-University Göttingen (UGOE)</affiliation>
      <creatorName>Alessia Smaniotto</creatorName>
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    <title>OPERAS Advocacy White Paper</title>
    <subject>Open Access</subject>
    <subject>Open Science</subject>
    <subject>social sciences and humanities</subject>
    <date dateType="Issued">2018-07-30</date>
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    <description descriptionType="Abstract">&lt;p&gt;This White Paper has been prepared by the OPERAS (Open Access in the European Research Area&lt;br&gt;
through Scholarly Communication) Working Group on Advocacy for Open Access Publishing in the&lt;br&gt;
Social Sciences and Humanities. OPERAS is a European research infrastructure for the development&lt;br&gt;
of open scholarly communication, particularly in the social sciences and humanities (SSH). The&lt;br&gt;
consortium comprises 36 organisations from 13 European countries and is coordinated by a core&lt;br&gt;
group of nine members. OPERAS&amp;rsquo; members come from diverse backgrounds and include publishers&lt;br&gt;
and publication platforms, infrastructure providers, libraries, universities, and research organisations.&lt;/p&gt;

&lt;p&gt;The paper addresses the importance of Open Science for the SSH, highlighting the role of a distributed&lt;br&gt;
research infrastructure like OPERAS in advocating for Open Access publishing models. Furthermore,&lt;br&gt;
the paper discusses the importance of the SSH in Open Science, showing how Open Science itself&lt;br&gt;
benefits from considering and accommodating the needs of researchers from different disciplinary&lt;br&gt;
backgrounds. While OPERAS does not endorse a specific Open Access publishing model, the&lt;br&gt;
infrastructure partners advocate for publication processes that can meet the present demand for&lt;br&gt;
Open Access, transparency, and open source tools in scholarly communication.&lt;/p&gt;

&lt;p&gt;This document is intended for all stakeholders actively involved in Open Access in the SSH. This&lt;br&gt;
includes publishers and publication platforms as well as libraries and infrastructure providers.&lt;br&gt;
However, the White Paper ultimately focuses on advocacy targeting researchers at different career&lt;br&gt;
stages. In order to support stakeholders in advocating for Open Access, the White Paper presents the&lt;br&gt;
benefits of Open Access publishing for scholars, while also addressing common concerns in the SSH&lt;br&gt;
research community. These include, but are not limited to, reputation, research evaluation, financial&lt;br&gt;
issues, a general lack of information, intellectual property rights and other legal concerns, and the&lt;br&gt;
availability of Open Access publishing models.&lt;/p&gt;

&lt;p&gt;This White Paper draws on experiences from OPERAS partners to illustrate researchers&amp;rsquo; concerns and&lt;br&gt;
to develop a guide with FAQs and solutions to address these issues. The White Paper concludes with&lt;br&gt;
advocacy suggestion sheets tailored to different stakeholders involved in Open Access in the SSH.&lt;/p&gt;</description>
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